Dave Raimey - Running Back/Defensive Back - Michigan - 1965-69
Dave Raimey was one of the top running backs in the NCAA as a member of the Michigan Wolverines. He graduated in 1962 and was a 9th round pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1963 NFL draft. The Dayton, Ohio native saw limited action at defensive back with the Browns, playing 5 games over his 2 seasons there but did capture the 1964 NFL Championship.
In 1965, Raimey came north for more playing time at running back and joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Raimey was an instant success as he produced 1,052 yards rushing and led the Western division in Kickoff Return yardage that included a 105 yard touchdown return. Winnipeg would advance to the Grey Cup in 1965 where Raimey and the Bombers would fall to the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Raimey was one of the top players in the country with terrific speed and power. He would have his strongest season in 1966 totaling 1,223 yards on 188 carries and was named an All-Canadian. His big play ability was evident with a 100 yards touchdown run and a 96 yard touchdown reception. Dave would continue to post strong totals in 1967 and ’68 for Winnipeg but began to chafe in the Manitoba capital. He would occasionally contact Argonaut head coach Leo Cahill and express his desire to play in Toronto with the Argonauts.
Partway through the 1969 season Raimey would get his wish as Cahill pulled off a blockbuster deal bringing Raimey into the Argonaut backfield in exchange for quarterback Wally Gabler. Raimey would team with Bill Symons to form a strong duo. The arrival of Raimey brought great excitement to the Argonauts and attendance would reach capacity upon his arrival and stay there for many years. With Toronto as a running back he would post a terrific 6.8 per carry average in 1969 and 5.9 average in 1970. Raimey was named an All-Canadian in 1969.
In 1971, Leo Cahill corralled the highly talented Leon McQuay and Raimey was asked to make the unorthodox switch to defensive back. He graciously accepted the change and became one of the best defensive backs in the league starting in 1971. The 1971 season would end in disappointment for Toronto but Raimey proved to be a solid shut down defensive back. He would total 4, 3, 3, and 5 interceptions over the next four seasons including 2 returned for touchdowns. A terrific athlete, Raimey retired after the 1974 season. The Ohio native showed dominance on both sides of the ball over a Hall of Fame 10 season career.
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