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Bio:

In 1982, Ridgway joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders as their placekicker. Through his 14-year career, Ridgway established a number of league and team records. At the time of his retirement in 1995, he held CFL records for longest FG (60), most field goals in a regular season with 59, most field goals in a regular season game with 8 (twice), and most consecutive field goals in a regular season with 28. He finished his CFL career with 2,374 points.

His on-field performance was rewarded by being named a CFL All-Star six times (1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1993) and Western Conference All-Star seven times (1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993) during the course of his career..

He was the Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy Winner in 1989, 1990, 1991 and he won the Dick Suderman Trophy (Most Outstanding Canadian in a Grey Cup), in 1989.

During his 14 year tenure as a Roughrider Dave was a 4 time nominee for the CFL’s Schenley Awards.

His jersey number is one of only 8 numbers retired by the team, joining Gordon Sturtridge (#73), Mel Beckett (#40), Ray Syrnyk (#56), Mario Demarco (#55), Ron Lancaster (#23), George Reed (#34) and Roger Aldag (#44). This is perhaps the honor that Dave is most proud of, when asked why he considers it his highest honor, he replied simply, “because it was retired by that team.”

Dave was inducted in to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor in 2000.

He was inducted in to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

Dave played in only one Grey Cup during his career (1989), a game that is widely considered the most exciting Grey Cup ever played. An image of Glen Suitor and Dave celebrating the last field goal kicked during that Grey Cup was pictured on a Canada Post stamp issued during the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Football League in 2012.

His consistency and dependability in clutch situations earned him the nickname "Robokicker", and it was also the title of his bestselling autobiography, Robokicker: An Odyssey through the CFL, which was co-written with David A. Poulsen and published in 1995.

In 1992 Dave was awarded the Canada 125 Medal by the Government of Canada. The medal’s were issued to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada and was awarded to Canadians who were deemed to have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, to their community, or to Canada.

Dave and his wife Connie live close to Louisville, Kentucky and their lives revolve happily around their four young grandchildren, William, Lucy, Claire and Hazel.


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Pictures courtesy Dave Ridgway