Jacob Ruby
Ruby with the Redblacks in 2022
Born: (1992-12-13) December 13, 1992 (age 31)
London, Ontario
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight325 lb (147 kg)
High schoolFork Union Military Academy
(Fork Union, Virginia)
CFL Draft2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Drafted byMontreal Alouettes
Career history
As player
20152017Montreal Alouettes
20172021Edmonton Eskimos / Elks
20222023Ottawa Redblacks
CFL East All-Star2022
Career stats

Jacob Ruby (born December 13, 1992) is a professional Canadian football offensive lineman who is currently a free agent. Previously, he played for the Montreal Alouettes, Edmonton Eskimos, and Ottawa RedBlacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Ruby played football throughout his youth and played for both high school and college teams. He was a 2010 graduate of Fork Union Military Academy. Ruby was a four-year starter at the University of Richmond.

High school

Ruby began his football career with Medway High School, near London, Ontario, before moving to Fork Union Military Academy Where he was an All-Prep League player. He also played two years of club football for the London Falcons. During his time at the London Falcons, he was named as the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Player. In 2008, he played tight end for FUMA and in 2009 played tackle; earning him an All-State and All-Prep honors.[1]

In January 2010, Ruby was one of 90 players selected to play in the USA vs. The World All-Star game which was broadcast on live TV. In 2010, he was redshirted.[1]


In 2011, Ruby played all 11 games on the offensive line and made 10 starts. He recorded two tackles, one coming against Massachusetts and the other at Delaware.[1]

In 2012 Ruby and the Spiders won a share of the Colonial Athletic Association conference championship, but were snubbed from a playoff spot.

In 2014 Ruby started all 14 games for the Spiders at Offensive Tackle and was named Third Team All-Conference and a 2nd Team VaSid player. The Spiders reached the quarter-finals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Professional career

Montreal Alouettes

Ruby was selected in the first round, eighth overall, in the 2015 CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes and signed with the team on May 27, 2015.[2] He dressed for three games in his rookie year in 2015 and played in 17 regular season games in 2016.[3][4] He began the 2017 season on the injured list, but was then released by the Alouettes on July 5, 2017.[5]

Edmonton Eskimos/Elks

Shortly after his release from Montreal, Ruby signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on July 17, 2017, and played in two games during the 2017 season.[6] He played in 15 games in 2018, starting two, and became a regular starter in 2019 when he played and started in 17 regular season games.[3]

Ruby did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season. Instead, he re-signed with Edmonton to a contract extension through 2022 on December 26, 2020.[7] He played and started in the first three regular season games for the newly named Edmonton Elks in 2021, but was released on August 31, 2021, due to a violation of COVID-19 protocols.[8] Ruby reportedly misrepresented his vaccination status to the Elks and was subsequently barred from signing with any CFL teams for the remainder of the 2021 season.[9]

Ottawa Redblacks

On January 10, 2022, it was announced that Ruby had signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.[10] He was named a CFL East All-Star for his strong play during the 2022 season. On May 12, 2023, Ruby and the Redblacks agreed to a three-year contract extension.[11]

On January 31, 2024, Ruby was released by the Redblacks.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Jacob Ruby Bio". RichmondSpiders.com. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  2. ^ "Alouettes sign three draft picks, including Laval native Jesse Joseph". Montreal Alouettes. May 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "2021 CFL Guide" (PDF). Canadian Football League. p. 114. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  4. ^ nurun.com. "Lineman training popular". The London Free Press. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  5. ^ "Als release former first round pick Ruby". Canadian Football League. July 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Eskimos sign national offensive lineman Jacob Ruby". Edmonton Elks. July 17, 2017.
  7. ^ "Trevor Harris restructures contract with Edmonton". CFL.ca. December 26, 2020. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  8. ^ "Elks release Ruby due to breach of COVID protocols". Edmonton Elks. August 31, 2021.
  9. ^ "CFL bans teams from signing ex-Elks OL Ruby". TSN. September 1, 2021.
  10. ^ "Redblacks sign Canadian OL Jacob Ruby". Ottawa Redblacks. January 10, 2022.
  11. ^ "REDBLACKS extend East All-Stars Jaelon Acklin and Jacob Ruby". Ottawa REDBLACKS. 2023-05-12. Retrieved 2023-05-12.
  12. ^ "REDBLACKS release National OL Jacob Ruby". CFL.ca. 2024-01-31. Retrieved 2024-02-01.