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Ray Nettles bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Ray Nettles

Playing Career

BC Lions
1972 - 1977

Toronto Argonauts

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Ottawa Rough Riders

Calgary Stampeders

Awards and Honours

BC Lions Most Outstanding Rookie
1972 (1)

All-Western Linebacker
1972 - 1974 (3)

All-Canadian Linebacker
1972, 1973 (2)

BC Lions Most Outstanding Defensive Player
1972, 1973 (2)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Lineman.
1973 (1)

Toronto Argonauts Most Outstanding Defensive Player
1977 (1)

All-Eastern Linebacker
1977, 1978 (2)

Grey Cup Participation

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)

Career Highlights

  • Played 130 games.

Ray Nettles played football at the University of Tennessee and he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). After saying no to the NFL, Nettles decided to come north and be a member of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

In 1973, Nettles won the Schenley Award as the most outstanding lineman in the CFL.

Nettles was traded to the Toronto Argonauts in 1977, where he was named Toronto's Most Outstanding Player as well as All-Eastern. In 1978, he was again traded, this time to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he was named all-eastern for a second time.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2005 as a player.

Class of 2005

Rod ConnopGord CurrieEd GeorgeRay NettlesWillie Pless

Football Reporters of Canada

Kent GilchristAl Ruckaber

Nettles, Ray
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