Sometimes even a proven record of success is not enough to satisfy the critics. Mike Gray ‘62 understands the importance of setting personal goals and exceeding them, regardless of the expectations of others. He played First Football at Ridley and along with his teammates won the 1960 Little Big Four Championship. He went on to play varsity football at the University of Toronto, winning the Canadian College Bowl Championship in 1965. He recalls turning to his former U of T coaches for advice in the spring of 1966 once he’d been drafted by the Calgary Stampeders. How much should he request for a signing bonus, he wondered. “Mike,” the coach told him, “don’t bother asking for anything because you’re not going to make that team.” Well, that coach gave very bad advice. What followed was a successful CFL career, first with the Stampeders, followed by the Montreal Alouettes and the BC Lions.
“Don’t let others define you.”