Induction Year: 2006

The second Louisiana native enshrined in the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame (joining Tom Hinton), Ronnie Estay was an All-American at LSU who played in played in nine Grey Cups – winning six. He is in the Hamilton Tiger Cats Hall of Fame. He was elected by fan vote to LSU’s “Modern Day Team of the Century” encompassing teams from 1936-93, joining three other defensive linemen. A defensive tackle at LSU from 1969-71, Estay was a Kodak Coaches All-American and the ABC-TV Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year as a senior when the Tigers led the nation in total defense. The Larose native, was a finalist for the Lombardi Award for the country’s top defensive lineman. A two-time All-SEC pick, he tackled standout quarterbacks Archie Manning and Pat Sullivan for safeties and helped corral Notre Dame’s Joe Theismann during a memorable 3-0 confrontation at South Bend in 1970. In his three years at LSU, the Tigers twice led the nation in rushing defense.