Mike Gray had tryouts with the Seattle Sea Hawks of the NFL in 1983 and 1984 before signing with BC in November, 1984. Gray played two seasons for the Lions (1985-86). Gray had an outstanding rookie season, winning both West and CFL All-Star selections at defensive end and was named the Outstanding Rookie in the West. BC let Gray get away after the 1986 season, as he he was selected in an equalization draft by the Ottawa Rough Riders. Ottawa released Gray in June of 1987 before the regular season started and he was picked up by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Gray would remain with the Bombers until August of 1993 when he was released. Gray's best season with the Bombers was 1989 when he won an East All-Star. Gray finished his career with 64 sacks, 2 interceptions (both in his rookie season) and 12 fumble recoveries. Gray scored his only CFL touchdown on a fumble return in 1991.
Defensive tackles were first kept in 1987 and special teams tackles in 1991.