The giggle alone spoke volumes.
Ricky Ray is cool, collected and efficient, both on the field and during interviews. The veteran quarterback is almost as well-known for his friendly but button-downed approach to answering questions as he is for his hall of fame statistics. So it was noticeable when the Toronto Argonauts’ starting quarterback punctuated his answer with a little giddiness.
“That just makes things so much easier, mentally,” Ray said of the confidence he now has in his surgically repaired shoulder, laughter coating the sentence with an air of welcome relief. “Because you’re not getting out there every day feeling that pain and going through that.
“So that’s been awesome.”
The relief is quite understandable. Ray is hoping that he has fully emerged from two years of pain and rehab hell. Hoping that he can pick up where he left off before being injured during a game against the Calgary Stampeders on the night of Aug. 23, 2013.
“It was tough the last couple of years where you go out and it just doesn’t feel good everyday and you’ve got to fight through that,” said Ray over the phone from his home in Redding, Calif. “It feels good to just go out and throw again.”