ESTAY, RON "SWAMP DOG" (Elected as a Player, February 6, 2003.)

Ron Estay was born on December 22nd, 1948 in Raceland, LouisianaEstay began his amateur football career with Louisiana State University.  In 1972, Ron Estay was drafted by the Denver Broncos as an eighth round draft pick and was picked up that same year by the B. C. Lions.  This outstanding defensive end was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos mid-way through the 1973 season where he stayed until his retirement in 1982.


Ron Estay was the team's defensive captain from 1973 to 1976 and excelled in this position.  Among his many contributions to the team, Estay tied the CFL record in 1974 with the most sacks in a game with five.  As team-mate Tom Wilkinson says, Estay played an integral role on the defensive line that helped lead the Edmonton Eskimos to win five Grey Cups in a row.  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 and was on the winning end six times.


Estay played his final season with the Eskimos in 1982 but wasnt released until 1983.  He then joined the Washington Federals in the USFL where he played two seasons.  After retirement, Estay began his coaching career as the Defensive Line Coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a position he held for three years.


Awards and Honours:

 CFL All-Star (Defensive End) - 1977, 1980

 Western All-Star (Defensive End) - 1973, 1977, 1978, 1980

 Two time Schenley Award Runner Up (Defensive Lineman) - 1975, 1977

 Mack Truck Award: Western Defensive Lineman of the Year - 1977

 Louisiana State University Hall of Fame - 1988

 Inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame - 2000

 Grey Cup Participation - 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980,

   1981, 1982

 Grey Cup Winning Team -   1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982


Text Source: www.cfl.ca

Updated and edited April 2, 2003.