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Dave Ridgway bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Dave Ridgway

Playing Career

Saskatchewan Roughriders
1982 - 1995

Awards and Honours

All-Western Kicker
1982, 1987 - 1991, 1993 (7)

All-Canadian Kicker
1982, 1987 - 1990, 1993 (6)

Dave Dryburgh Memorial trophy
1988, 1990, 1991 (3)

Dick Suderman trophy
1989 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1989 (1)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1989 (1)

Career Highlights

  • Played 238 games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

  • 4th on the Canadian Football League (CFL) most points scored in a season with 233.

Dave Ridgway began his football career in 1974 while in high school in Burlington, Ontario. Through the encouragement and support of his teachers and members of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization, Ridgway won a scholarship to the University of Toledo.

In1982, Ridgway joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders as the placekicker. Through his 14-year career, Ridgway amassed some impressive statistics and established several CFL records. At the time of his retirement in 1995, Ridgway held league records for most field goals in a regular season with 59, most field goals in a regular season game with 8, and most consecutive field goals regular season with 28.

Ridgway received the Dave Dryburgh award three times recognizing his ability to finish first in scoring in the western division. He finished his CFL career with 2,374 points.

His incredible talent as a kicker was rewarded by being named CFL all-star six times and western all-star seven times. He played in only one Grey Cup game, which was a momentous one for Ridgway as he kicked the winning field goal in the final seconds of the game to defeat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

What does it mean to be a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum?
"I grew up in Great Britain and emigrated to Canada with my father in 1974. We initially settled in Kitchener, Ontario and then a few months later moved to Burlington as my father took a different job. My first visit to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame was in the summer of 1975, and I visited purely as a fan of the game I quickly learned to love. When I started to play football at MM Robinson High School, my father encouraged me to become a "student of the game" and learn all about the players and the teams of the past...and part of that education was achieved by visiting the Hall of Fame in Hamilton. Of course, way back then I had no idea at all that my athletic endeavors would eventually bless me with enshrinement amongst all of the great names that I learned about during those visits. I don't think any athlete ever plays the game with the goal in mind of making it in to the Hall...but I vividly recall how emotional it was to receive the call telling me that I was going to be enshrined, and I remember just how emotional it was to relay that information to my dad. It was then, and still remains, one of the highlights of my life..."--Dave Ridgway

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2003 as a player.

Class of 2003

Ron EstayEd HenickGeorge McGowanDave RidgwayChris Walby

Football Reporters of Canada

Dale IssacMal Issac

Ridgway, Dave
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