The Riders-Argos Saturday afternoon showdown at Mosaic Stadium will feature a pair of 38-year-old quarterbacks.
Saskatchewan’s Kevin Glenn is four months older than Toronto’s Rickey Ray and both are having solid seasons.
Glenn said he had watched Ray since their college days and added going up against the veteran Argo pivot is a major motivator.
“It gives me inspiration and confidence to know if he’s doing it, I can do it, you know, that kind of thing. I mean, I’ve followed him his whole career, we’ve been here together, the whole time, it’s great when you can face a guy like that,” said Glenn.
Riders head coach and general manager Chris Jones said there is a good reason both continue to thrive at close to 40-year-of-age.
“The guys take care of themselves, you know, very well, it used to (be) you didn’t have quarterbacks who probably trained like they train now, I mean, both these guys, they take care of themselves, you know, even Henry Burris last year, I mean, he’s a guy who takes care of himself, I think that’s what helps create the longevity that we’re seeing.”
Their stats are strikingly similar. Ray had completed 68.4% of his passes this season with six touchdowns and three interceptions, averaging 8.3 yards per-reception with an efficiency rating of 97.5%.
Rider receivers have caught 72.1% of Glenn’s passes with seven touchdowns and four picks in one fewer game. The Saskatchewan pivot is averaging 7.6 yards per-completion with a 98% proficiency rating.
The Green and White have 1 win, 3 losses for 2 points, good for 5th place in the West Division. Toronto has 3 wins, 2 losses for 6 points to lead the East Division.
The boatmen are coming off Monday’s 27-24 win over Ottawa but lost three defenders including linebacker Bear Woods to first-half injuries.
The Riders want to bounce back from last Saturday's sluggish 27-10 loss to the Stampeders in Calgary.
Opening kick-off is at 4:30 p.m. at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.