Ron Estay

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Ron Estay
No. 55, 78
Born: (1948-12-22) December 22, 1948 (age 74)
Raceland, Louisiana
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight240 lb (110 kg)
NFL draft1972 / Round: 8 / Pick: 186
Drafted byDenver Broncos
Career history
As player
1972BC Lions
19731982Edmonton Eskimos
1983-84Washington Federals - USFL
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1977, 1980
CFL West All-Star1973, 1977, 1978, 1980
Career stats

Ron Estay (born December 22, 1948) is a former defensive lineman[1] for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL).


After graduating from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1972, he was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 8th round of the 1972 NFL Draft. He moved to Canada and played for the British Columbia Lions in 1972 and Edmonton from 1973 to 1982, and helped lead the team to five straight Grey Cup championships from 1978 to 1982 as a key member of the "Alberta Crude" defense. He played in 1983 and 1984 for the Washington Federals of the United States Football League (USFL).

Estay was a two time CFL All-Star in 1977 and 1980 and Western All-Star four times in 1973, 1977, 1978 and 1980. He played in nine Grey Cup championships, winning six times. One of Estay's biggest games was the 1977 Grey Cup also known as the 'Staples Game'.[2] In that game, Estay recalls how, due to the nature of the game he 'tried every pair of shoes that we had' (in order to good footing due to the field conditions).

Estay is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and the Eskimos Hall of Fame.[3]


From 2001 to 2008, Estay was the defensive line coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was a coach on the 2007 Grey Cup championship team. [4]


In 2008, Estay was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which went into remission after 3 months of chemotherapy.[4]


  1. ^ Briley, John David (2006-08-23). Career in crisis: Paul "Bear" Bryant and the 1971 season of change. Mercer University Press. pp. 207–. ISBN 978-0-88146-025-4. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Special Grey Cup entry: Remembering the 1977 "Staples Game"". CoopertownserCanada. Cooperstowners Canada. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  3. ^ St. Germain, Brent (November 8, 2012). "Tarpons to honor Estay -- one of their greatest players ever". Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Riders coach Estay retires". CFL. CFL. Retrieved 11 August 2018.