The Greatest CFL Draft Picks of All-Time from No. 1 to No. 64

Justin Dunk tweeted out a CBS Sports article last week written by Brad Gagnon listing the greatest NFL draft selections of all-time from picks 1 through 256. As an admitted draft junkie, I loved the article. It was concise, thorough, and highly entertaining. Reflecting on the article a few days later, I found myself wondering if such a list existed pertaining to the CFL draft. Unsurprisingly, no such article had ever been written.

Until now.

After several hours of research and hacking away at my keyboard, I have completed the first ever list of the best CFL draft selections of all-time from picks one through sixty-four. Keeping the list to just sixty-four spots (the number of players selected in the CFL draft has historically fluctuated from 45-100, but I felt 64 was adequate) allowed me to go further in depth with each individual player than Mr. Gagnon did with his NFL list. Before we delve into the list, however, please allow me to outline two things that should be kept in mind when reading it.

First off, the CFL’s history is highly convoluted in nature. Finding a wealth of information about even the greatest players from the CFL’s earliest seasons is difficult; finding information about any other player is virtually impossible. For perspective, the CFL didn’t begin recording tackles as an official statistic until 1987. That’s shockingly recently for a league that was founded in 1958. For this reason, this list can hardly be considered complete. Outside of the vintage players who won major awards, most have seen their career facts and figures lost to the annals of time. It’s a pity so many players of the late-’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and even early-’80s couldn’t be considered for this list because of this reason.

Secondly, the CFL allowed its teams to claim up to three rookie national players prior to the annual draft via territorial exemption until the early 1980s. This means that many famous CFL players who entered the league prior to 1983 were never drafted. Players who were acquired via territorial exemption include Hall of Famers Rocky DiPietro, Paul Bennett, Tony Gabriel, Miles Gorrell, and Joe Poplawski, just to name a few. So, if the list fails to include some legendary players you expected to find here, there’s a very good chance that this is the reason why.

With that introductory information out of the way, enjoy the list!

1. WR Jim Young (Toronto Argonauts, 1965)

Jim Young played for the B.C. Lions from 1967-1979 and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1970 and 1972. A two-time West Division all-star and one-time CFL all-star, Young’s total of 9,248 career receiving yards is good for seventh all-time among national receivers after Ben Cahoon (13,301), Ray Elgaard (13,198), Tony Gabriel (9,832), Rocky DiPietro (9,762), Terry Evanshen (9,697), and Jock Climie (9,619). In 2006, Young was named to the honour roll of TSN’s Top 50 CFL Players list as voted by a panel of sixty former CFL players, coaches, executives, and media members. Jim Young’s number 30 has been retired by the B.C. Lions and he is a member of the Canadian Football, B.C. Football, Canadian Sports, and B.C. Sports Halls of Fame.

Honourable mentions: A four-time West Division all-star and three-time CFL all-star, G Leo Groenewegen (Ottawa, 1987) started 252 consecutive games between Ottawa (1987-1989), B.C. (1989-1993), and Edmonton (1994-2004). RB Sean Millington (Edmonton Eskimos, 1990) amassed 6,086 rushing yards and 3,236 receiving yards over a fourteen-year CFL career with Edmonton, B.C., Winnipeg, and Toronto. Millington was named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian three times, the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian twice, a West Division all-star four times, and a CFL all-star three times. LB Henoc Muamba (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2011) was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian and a CFL all-star in 2013, though his departure to the NFL following the 2013 season put his. DT Scott Schultz (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2001) played for the ’Riders from 2002-2009 and was named a CFL all-star in 2005. It’s also worth noting that Gino Fracas (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1954), a linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos from 1955-1962, was posthumously named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2011 in the builder category for his work as a CIS head coach with Alberta (1963-1967) and Windsor (1968-1986).

2. RB Blake Marshall (Edmonton Eskimos, 1987)

In what is a surprisingly thin spot given its proximity to the top of the draft, Blake Marshall takes the top spot here at number two. Marshall played for the Edmonton Eskimos for seven seasons from 1987-1993. A three-time CFL and West Division all-star, Marshall was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1991. Though Marshall recorded just 2,449 rushing yards over his career, his 65 career touchdowns set him apart.

Honourable Mentions: G Dmitri Tsoumpas (Calgary Stampeders, 2008) played with the Calgary Stampeders for six seasons, earning three CFL and four West Division all-star nods. WR Jeff Fairholm (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1988) was a one-time CFL all-star who was named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1989 with Saskatchewan. English-born P Ken Clark (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1974) earned four CFL all-star nods in his twelve-year career with Hamilton, Toronto, Saskatchewan, and Ottawa and was named to the honour roll of TSN’s Top 50 Players list. Three remaining linebackers were named to East Division all-star teams in their careers – Rick Sowieta (Toronto Argonauts, 1977) three times, Kelly Wiltshire (Toronto Argonauts, 1996) twice, and Stefen Reid (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1995) once.

3. SB Andy Fantuz (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2006)

Catching 488 passes for 6,817 yards over a nine-year CFL career with Saskatchewan and Hamilton, Andy Fantuz has earned one CFL and one West Division all-star nod, and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2010. Fantuz was also named the 2007 Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian.

Honourable Mentions: WR Ken Nielsen (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1965) played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for five seasons from 1965-1969, amassing 280 career receptions for 4,340 yards. A two-time CFL all-star, three-time West Division all-star, and 1968’s CFL Most Outstanding Canadian, Nielsen would have certainly captured the number one spot here had he not been forced to retire at 28 due to a neck injury. G Denny Chronopoulos (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1992) was named an East Division all-star in 1993 with Ottawa, but, like Ken Nielsen, was forced into early retirement due to health issues. Chronopoulos tragically passed away of a heart attack in 2000 at the age of 32. G Steve Hardin (B.C. Lions, 1998) played for the Lions for five years (1998-2002) and was a West Division all-star in 2002 before – you guessed it – he was forced into an early retirement due to injury.

4. OT Chris Walby (Montreal Alouettes, 1981)

Chris Walby wins out at one of our lists’ most competitive spots for being widely considered the greatest offensive lineman in CFL history. A two-time winner of the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award (tied with eight players for most ever) and four-time winner of the East Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award, Walby was a nine-time CFL all-star, ten-time East Division all-star, and one-time West Division all-star in his sixteen-year career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Walby was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2003 and was named the 22nd greatest CFL player of all-time by TSN in 2006, highest among the list’s offensive linemen.

Honourable Mentions: K Dave Cutler (Edmonton Eskimos, 1969) played for the green and gold for sixteen seasons, winning an unprecedented six Grey Cups as a part of the legendary Eskimo teams of the late-’70s and early-’80s. Cutler was a two-time CFL all-star, three-time West Division all-star, the Most Valuable Canadian in the 1975 Grey Cup, and became a member of the Hall of Fame in 1998. SB Jason Clermont (B.C. Lions, 2002) was twice named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian, a one-time CFL all-star, and two-time West Division all-star with the Lions and Roughriders from 2002-2011. Clermont was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2002 and named the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian in 2004. WR Jock Climie (Toronto Argonauts, 1990) enjoyed a twelve-year CFL career between Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. Ranked fifth all-time among national players in receiving yards with 9,619, Climie was a three-time East Division all-star and the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1997. LB Mike O’Shea (Edmonton Eskimos, 1993), named to the honour roll of TSN’s Top 50 Players list in 2006, earned three East Division all-star nominations and one CFL all-star nod over his sixteen-year CFL career with Toronto and Hamilton. O’Shea was also named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 1993 and the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1999. C Angus Reid (Toronto Argonauts, 2001) was a CFL all-star in 2011 and a three-time West Division all-star with the Lions from 2001-2014. DE Ricky Foley (B.C. Lions, 2006) has played for B.C., Toronto, and Saskatchewan during his nine-year career. Foley was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2009 and the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian in 2012.

5. DT Doug Brown (Calgary Stampeders, 1997)

Brown played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for eleven seasons (2001-2011), earning seven CFL all-star nods, nine divisional all-star nods, three East Division Most Outstanding Canadian awards, and the 2001 CFL Most Outstanding Canadian award. Still a productive player at 37, Brown announced his retirement in 2011 due to his desire to fulfill the pact he made with the Bombers’ late, great defensive line coach Richard Harris to end their careers the same year.
Honourable Mentions: K/P Lui Passaglia (B.C. Lions, 1976) played for the B.C. Lions from 1976-2000, earning four CFL all-star nominations, nine West Division all-star nods, and two Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian awards. Passaglia is a member of the Canadian Football and B.C. Sports Halls of Fame and saw his number 5 retired by the B.C. Lions after his retirement at the age of 46. Passaglia was named the CFL’s thirtieth best player of all-time by TSN in 2006 and is professional football’s all-time leading scorer with 3,991 points. OT Rocco Romano (Calgary Stampeders, 1987) enjoyed a fourteen-year CFL career with Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, and B.C. Romano was a four-time CFL all-star, five-time West Division all-star, and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2007. WR Dave Sapunjis (Calgary Stampeders, 1990) collected 460 receptions for 6,566 yards in just seven seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, earning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award in 1993 and 1995. Sapunjis earned two CFL all-star nods and was named the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian in all three of his trips to the big game. WR Rick House (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1979) enjoyed a thirteen-year CFL career between Winnipeg and Edmonton, hauling in 522 receptions for 8,139 yards. House was named a CFL all-star in 1990 and the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1982. FB Michael Soles (Edmonton Eskimos, 1989) amassed 6,508 yards from scrimmage and 45 touchdowns over his eleven-year career with Edmonton and Montreal. Soles was named a CFL all-star and the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1996.

6. QB Russ Jackson (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1958)

Boasting three Canadian Football Hall of Famers (and probably one or two future hall of famers), the number six spot is the most competitive found on our list. QB Russ Jackson, the greatest Canadian-born pivot in professional football history, wins this spot on the strength of three Most Outstanding Player awards (no other national player has more than one), four CFL Most Outstanding Canadian awards (tied with Tony Gabriel for most ever), three CFL all-star nominations, six East Division all-star nods, a Lou Marsh Trophy (1969), and a Grey Cup MVP (1969). Jackson, who played with Ottawa from 1958-1969, is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and, in 1970, was granted the Order of Canada. In 2006, Jackson was named the eighth greatest CFL player of all-time in TSN’s Top 50 Players list, highest among Canadians. Finally, Jackson’s number 12 was retired by the Rough Riders, an honor that has been upheld by the Ottawa Redblacks.

Honourable Mentions: SB Ben Cahoon (Montreal Alouettes, 1998) would have won at virtually any other spot on this list for his remarkable list of accomplishments over his thirteen seasons as a Montreal Alouette. Cahoon earned ten East Division all-star nods, three CFL all-star nods, two Most Outstanding Canadian awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Cahoon’s 13,301 receiving yards (6th all-time, first among nationals), and 1,017 receptions (second all-time) make him the undisputed greatest national receiver of all-time. P Bob Cameron (Edmonton Eskimos, 1977), the third hall of famer found at this spot, was a four-time CFL all-star, four-time East Division all-star, and two-time West Division all-star with the Bombers from 1980-2002. Cameron was named the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian in 1988 and holds the CFL record for consecutive games played with 353. Remaining runners-up – all of whom could have won at several other spots on this list – include: WR Kamau Peterson (Calgary Stampeders, 2001), who was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian and a West Division all-star in 2008; G Brendon LaBatte (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2008), who received the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award in 2013, is a three-time CFL all-star, and a six-time divisional all-star; CB Davis Sanchez (Montreal Alouettes, 1999), a one-time CFL all-star, three-time East Division all-star, and one-time East Division Most Outstanding Canadian; DT Adriano Belli (B.C. Lions, 2000), a one-time CFL all-star and two-time East Division all-star; and K/P Sean Fleming (Edmonton Eskimos, 1992), a two-time CFL all-star, four-time West Division all-star, and 1993’s Grey Cup Most Outstanding Canadian. This spot would have been even more bloated had RB Jesse Lumsden (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2005) been able to stay healthy during his six-year CFL career.

7. DE Leroy Blugh (Edmonton Eskimos, 1989)

Leroy Blugh enjoyed a fifteen-year CFL career with the Edmonton and Toronto. Named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1996, Blugh finished his stellar career with seventy-seven quarterback sacks and was twice named a CFL all-star. Blugh will be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

Honourable Mentions: Saskatchewan Roughrider LB Shea Emry (Montreal Alouettes, 2008) spent the first seven years of his CFL career with Montreal and Toronto. Emry’s best season came in 2012 when he was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, and a CFL all-star. P Tony Martino (B.C. Lions, 1988) played for Ottawa, B.C., Calgary, and Toronto over his fifteen-year career that saw him earn one CFL and five West Division all-star nods. G Jason Riley (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1983) was a one-time CFL all-star and four-time East Division all-star in his eleven-year career with Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, and Hamilton. G Brett MacNeil (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1991) and OT Chris Schultz (Toronto Argonauts, 1982) had similar careers, with MacNeil earning one CFL all-star nod and Schultz earning two.

8. OT Bruce Beaton (B.C. Lions, 1991)

Bruce Beaton played in the CFL for fourteen seasons for five different teams – B.C., Ottawa, Calgary, Montreal, and Edmonton. Winning Grey Cups with Edmonton in 2003 and 2005, Beaton was a five-time West Division all-star, one-time East Division all-star, and a three-time CFL all-star. Beaton was also named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2002 at the age of 34.

Honourable Mentions: C Paul Desjardins (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1964) was a three-time East Division all-star and one-time CFL all-star with the Toronto Argonauts in the early 1970s. DT Roy Shatzko (Calgary Stampeders, 1965) played eight seasons in the CFL with B.C. and Edmonton (1965-1972) and was named a CFL all-star in 1970. OT Chris Morris (Edmonton Eskimos, 1992) won three Grey Cups over his fourteen-year career with the Esks.

9. C Rod Connop (Edmonton Eskimos, 1982)

Rod Connop played for the green and gold for sixteen years from 1982-1997. Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2005, Connop was an eight-time West Division all-star, six-time CFL all-star, and the West Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1989. Connop is a member of the Edmonton Eskimos’ Wall of Honour and holds the club record for games played with 274. In 2006, Connop was named to the honour roll of TSN’s Top 50 CFL Players list.

Honourable Mentions: WR Whit Tucker (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1962) made 272 receptions for 6,092 yards and 53 touchdowns over a nine-year career with Ottawa. A one-time CFL all-star and three-time East Division all-star, Tucker was named 1962’s East Division Most Outstanding Rookie and 1968’s East Division Most Outstanding Canadian. Tucker was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993. WR Ryan Thelwell (B.C. Lions, 1998) enjoyed a twelve-year CFL career between B.C. and Calgary during which he notched 6,670 receiving yards and earned two West Division all-star nods. WR Ken Evraire (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1988) played ten seasons in the CFL between Ottawa, Saskatchewan, and Hamilton, where he was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian and an East Division all-star in 1992.

10. DT Mike Campbell (Toronto Argonauts, 1989)

Campbell was a one-time CFL all-star and two-time East Division all-star who split his eleven-year career between Toronto and Hamilton.

Honourable Mentions: WR John Senst (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1970) played in the CFL for just four seasons (1970-1973) with Winnipeg and Calgary, winning the West Division Rookie of the Year in 1970. WR Shawn Gore (B.C. Lions, 2010) is entering the sixth year of his CFL career with the Lions. Gore has 207 career receptions for 2,636 yards and fifteen touchdowns.

11. DT Ed Philion (Calgary Stampeders, 1994)

Ed Philion played for the Montreal Alouettes from 1999-2006 and was a four-time East Division all-star. Philion recorded 170 career tackles and thirty-seven career sacks.

Honourable Mentions: G Greg Wojt (Edmonton Eskimos, 2008) has played the first six years of his career with Edmonton and Hamilton and was named a West Division all-star in 2011. G Peter Dyakowski (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2006) has spent his entire nine-year career with Hamilton and was named an East Division all-star in 2012. G Taylor Robertson (Calgary Stampeders, 2003) played in the CFL for nine years with Calgary and Toronto and was named an East Division all-star in 2007. DT Corey Mace (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2007) has been a solid starter for the Calgary Stampeders since joining the team in 2010.

12. SB Ray Elgaard (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1983)

Ray Elgaard, a Canadian Football Hall of Famer, was a four-time CFL all-star, six-time West Division all-star, and three-time winner of the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award. Ranked 36th in TSN’s Top 50 Players list, Elgaard is ranked seventh all-time in CFL receiving yards with 13,198, second among national players.

Honourable Mentions: S Craig Butler (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2011) is just four years into his CFL career, yet has already been named a divisional all-star in both the East and West divisions. K/P Luca Congi (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2006) who, like Butler, has split his career between Saskatchewan and Hamilton, was an East Divisional all-star in 2012. OT Rob Lazeo (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1995) enjoyed a fourteen-year CFL career with Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Calgary and was named a West Division all-star in 2008. DT Roger Dunbrack (Toronto Argonauts, 1998) was a ten-year CFL player with Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton who notched thirty-two career sacks.

13. RB Jon Cornish (Calgary Stampeders, 2006)

A future Hall of Famer, Cornish has rushed for 6,222 yards off just 911 carries (6.8 YPC) in his eight-year career with the Calgary Stampeders. Cornish is a three-time CFL all-star, four-time West Division all-star, three-time CFL Most Outstanding Canadian, and, in 2013, was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player. Cornish was also awarded the 2013 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete of the year, the first CFL player to earn the award since Russ Jackson in 1969.

Honourable Mentions: DB Wayne Shaw (Toronto Argonauts, 1999) played in the CFL for ten seasons with Toronto, Montreal, and Hamilton, registering 254 tackles and 25 interceptions. Shaw was a one-time CFL all-star and two-time East Division all-star. DT Doug Peterson (B.C. Lions, 1992) enjoyed an eleven-year career with B.C., Toronto, and Edmonton, during which he was twice named an East Division and West Division all-star. DB Todd Wiseman (B.C. Lions, 1987) played with B.C., Toronto, and Hamilton from 1987-1994 and was named an East Division all-star in 1992.

14. C Marwan Hage (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2004)

Hage played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 2004-2013. A one-time CFL all-star and two-time East Division all-star, Hage was named to the All-Time Tiger-Cats team in 2012. Hage was also named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2010.

Honourable Mentions: OT Hector Pothier (Montreal Alouettes, 1977) played for the Eskimos from 1978-1989, earning one CFL all-star nod, four West Division all-star nods, and winning six Grey Cups. S Greg Frers (Calgary Stampeders, 1993) enjoyed a ten-year CFL career with Calgary, Winnipeg, and B.C. from 1993-2002. Frers will forever be remembered as the player former Blue Bomber head coach Jeff Reinebold foolishly referred to as a “box of tape” in 1996, only to have Frers go on to become a three-time West Division all-star and one-time CFL all-star. DB Richard Karikari (Montreal Alouettes, 2003) was a six-year CFL player with Montreal, Hamilton, and Calgary. Karikari’s nine interceptions in 2005 earned him a CFL all-star nod along with a large free agent contract with the Tiger-Cats that he failed to live up to. C Dave Vankoughnett (B.C. Lions, 1988) was an eleven-year Blue Bomber who earned an East Division all-star nod in 1993.

15. G Scott Flory (Montreal Alouettes, 1998)

Future Hall of Famer Scott Flory played fifteen seasons with the Montreal Alouettes from 1999-2013. Flory earned nine CFL and eleven East Division all-star nods and was twice named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. Flory also earned five East Division Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman awards, second all-time only to John Barrow.

Honourable Mentions: DB Glen Suitor (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1984) enjoyed an eleven-year career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders during which he recorded fifty-one interceptions. Suitor was named a CFL all-star three times and a West Division all-star for five consecutive seasons from 1989-1993. WR Paul Masotti (Toronto Argonauts, 1988) played for the Toronto Argonauts from 1988-1999, recording career 556 receptions for 8,772 yards and thirty-eight touchdowns. Masotti earned one CFL and three East Division all-star nods over the course of his career and was named the 1997 Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian. LB Javier Glatt (B.C. Lions, 2003) played for the B.C. Lions and Edmonton Eskimos from 2003-2010, earning a West Division all-star nod in 2008.

16. LB Dale Potter (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1973)

Potter spent his twelve-year CFL career with Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Toronto. The banner year of Potter’s career came in 1980, a year in which he was named a CFL all-star, the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian, and the Grey Cup’s Defensive MVP.

Honourable Mentions: C Brett Jones (Calgary Stampeders, 2013) played just two CFL seasons, but compacted a huge number of accolades into that time frame. Now a member of the NFL’s New York Giants, Jones was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2013, the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2014, and received a CFL all-star nod in that same year. DT Cameron Legault (B.C. Lions, 1999) played in the CFL from 1999-2006 for Calgary, B.C., Ottawa, and Winnipeg. Though his career fails to jump off the page as a whole, his forty-six tackles and seven sacks in 2001 earned him the West Division Most Outstanding Canadian award. DB Darryl Sampson (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1986) played eleven seasons in the CFL with Winnipeg and Hamilton, earning a CFL all-star nod in 1993. 17. G Pierre Vercheval (Edmonton Eskimos, 1987) enjoyed a fourteen-year CFL career with Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal. A six-time CFL all-star and one-time CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Vercheval was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Honourable Mentions: S/LB Rob Hitchcock (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1995) played the first twelve years of his thirteen-year CFL career with his hometown Hamilton Tiger-Cats for whom he holds the team record for all-time tackles with 484. Hitchcock was a two-time CFL all-star and three-time East Division all-star. WR Mike Morreale (B.C. Lions, 1994) played with Toronto and Hamilton from 1995-2006, making 509 career receptions for 6,649 yards. Morreale was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1998 and the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian in 1999. OT Jeff Pilon (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1999) played in the CFL for ten seasons with Winnipeg and Calgary, earning a West Division all-star nod in 2005. G Blaine Schmidt (Edmonton Eskimos, 1986) played in the CFL for twelve seasons with Edmonton, Toronto, and Hamilton and was named an East Division all-star in 1996.

18. C Brian Chiu (Montreal Alouettes, 1996)

Chiu played for the Alouettes from 1997-2009 and was named to the honour roll of TSN’s Top 50 Players list in 2006. Chiu was a seven-time CFL all-star, nine-time East Division all-star, and the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2002.

Honourable Mentions: G Andrew Greene (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1994) played in the CFL for ten seasons with Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Toronto, earning four CFL and five West Division all-star nods. Greene was named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2000 and the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2003. OT Chris Van Zeyl (Montreal Alouettes, 2007) has played for the Toronto Argonauts since 2008 and is a one-time CFL all-star and two-time East Division all-star. C Jeff Keeping (Toronto Argonauts, 2005) has spent nine seasons with the Toronto Argonauts. In 2013, Keeping was named a CFL all-star and the East Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. G Eric Upton (Edmonton Eskimos, 1978) played for the Eskimos from 1976-1985 and was named a West Division all-star in 1979.

19. G Patrick Kabongo (Ottawa Renegades, 2003)

Kabongo enjoyed a ten-year career with Edmonton and B.C. during which he was named a CFL all-star in 2008.

Honourable Mentions: DE Dave Chaytors (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1992) played in the CFL from 1993-1997 with Ottawa and B.C., recording fifteen career sacks. DE Wayne Drinkwalter (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1989) played in the CFL for eight seasons with Hamilton, Saskatchewan, and Calgary, recording sixty-nine career tackles and eight career sacks.

20. DE Brent Johnson (B.C. Lions, 2000)

Future Hall of Famer Brent Johnson played for the B.C. Lions for eleven seasons, earning three CFL and five West Division all-star nods. Johnson was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2005 and 2006, leading the CFL in sacks in both seasons. Johnson was also named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2006, the first and only national player to win the award since Edmonton’s Dave “Dr. Death” Fennell in 1978. Johnson’s eighty-nine career sacks is most in B.C. Lions history.

Honourable Mentions: K Mark McLoughlin (Calgary Stampeders, 1988) played in the CFL for seventeen years with Calgary and B.C. and is the CFL’s second all-time leading scorer behind Lui Passaglia. McLoughlin was a three-time CFL and five-time West Division all-star. LB Jason Arakgi (B.C. Lions, 2008) is currently entering his eighth season with the B.C. Lions. Arakgi is a one-time West Division all-star and was named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2009. OL David Black (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1984) played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for eleven seasons, earning one CFL and three East Division all-star nods. G Jude St. John (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1995) spent his fourteen-year CFL career with Hamilton and Toronto during which he became a three-time East Division all-star.

21. Josh Bourke (Montreal Alouettes, 2004)

Bourke is entering his ninth season with the Alouettes. A two-time CFL and seven-time East Division all-star, Bourke was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2011 and 2012.

Honourable Mentions: WR Rob Crifo (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1988) was a two-time East all-star who played for Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Saskatchewan, and Hamilton from 1989-1996. Crifo retired with 173 career receptions for 2,906 yards and sixteen touchdowns. G J’Michael Deane (Calgary Stampeders, 2010) is entering his fifth CFL season and second with the Ottawa RedBlacks. RB Bruno Heppell (Montreal Alouettes, 1997) recorded 1,243 yards from scrimmage and fifty-six special teams tackles with the Alouettes from 1997-2004.

22. G Paul Lambert (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2000)

Lambert spent his ten-year career with Hamilton and Toronto. Lambert was named a CFL all-star in 2004 and an East Division all-star in 2004 and 2008.

Honourable Mentions: LB Glen Young (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1992) played for Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton from 1998-2005, registering 202 tackles, seven sacks, four interceptions, and sixty special teams tackles. DT Eddie Steele (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2010) has spent the first five years of his CFL career with Hamilton and Edmonton. Steele has recorded thirty-two tackles and ten sacks in his career. C/G Tim O’Neill (Edmonton Eskimos, 2005) is heading into his ninth CFL season and fourth with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

23. G/OT Gene Makowsky (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1995)

Makowsky played in green and white for his entire seventeen-year career, earning five CFL and seven West Division all-star nods. Makowsky was a three-time winner of the West Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2004 and 2005.

Honourable Mentions: C Dominic Picard (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2006) is entering his tenth CFL season and his first with Winnipeg since 2008. Picard was named an East Division all-star in 2011. LB Mike McCollough (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2003) recorded 186 tackles, eleven sacks, one interception, and 112 special teams tackles in eleven seasons with the ’Riders. DB Donovan Alexander (Montreal Alouettes, 2007) spent his seven-year CFL career with Montreal, Saskatchewan, Edmonton, and Winnipeg and was named a West Division all-star in 2012. LB Walter Spencer (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2004) is the CFL’s second all-time leader in special teams tackles with 172. Spencer spent his ten-year CFL career with Saskatchewan, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto.

24. OT Dave Mudge (Toronto Argonauts, 1997)

Mudge played with Toronto, Winnipeg, and Montreal over his twelve-year CFL career. Mudge was a two-time CFL all-star and the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2001.

Honourable Mentions: OT Jeff Perrett (Montreal Alouettes, 2006) has spent his entire nine-year CFL career with Montreal. In 2014, Perrett was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. P Jon Ryan (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2004) played just two seasons in the CFL before signing with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers but managed to earn a CFL all-star nod in 2005. FB Dahrran Diedrick (Edmonton Eskimos, 2002) spent his ten-year career with Edmonton, Montreal, and Hamilton, recording 872 rushing yards and forty-nine special teams tackles.

25. C/G Jamie Taras (B.C. Lions, 1987)

Taras played for the B.C. Lions from 1987-2003, earning two CFL and three West Division all-star nods. Taras was named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1995 and 1999 and the West Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1999. Taras’ number 60 was retired by the Lions following the end of his career.

Honourable Mentions: WR Markus Howell (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2000) spent his eleven-year CFL career with Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Calgary, recording 152 receptions for 2,093 yards, 4,061 return yards, and twenty-one special teams tackles. DT Sheldon Napastuk (Edmonton Eskimos, 1996) played in the CFL for seven years with Saskatchewan and Calgary, recording 157 career tackles and twenty-three sacks. DE Michael Philbrick (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1990) played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1994-2001, recording 304 career tackles and thirty-three sacks. WR O’Neil Wilson (Montreal Alouettes, 2004) recorded 192 receptions for 2,027 yards in his eight-year career with Montreal, Winnipeg, B.C., and Hamilton. SB Bret Anderson (B.C. Lions, 1997) notched 1,137 receiving yards and eighty-nine special teams tackles with the Lions from 1997-2009. LB John Glassford (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1976) was named the 1981 Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Defensive Player.

26. LB Kevin Eiben (Toronto Argonauts, 2001)

Eiben spent his twelve-year CFL career with Toronto and Hamilton, earning three CFL and five East Division all-star nods. Eiben finished his career with 722 tackles, fifteen sacks, ten interceptions, and ninety-two special teams tackles.

Honourable Mentions: C Carl Coulter (B.C. Lions, 1990) played in the CFL for fifteen years with B.C., Ottawa, Toronto, Saskatchewan, and Hamilton. Coutler was a one-time CFL all-star and two-time East Division all-star. WR Andrew Nowacki (Edmonton Eskimos, 2004) recorded 186 receptions for 2,054 yards over eight years in green and gold. DT James Bond (Calgary Stampeders, 1971) had an unremarkable five-year CFL career with the Stamps, but his name is James Bond. He belongs on this list.

27. RB Calvin McCarty (Edmonton Eskimos, 2007)

McCarty is entering his ninth season with the Edmonton Eskimos. McCarty has recorded 3,034 yards from scrimmage, twenty-four touchdowns, and sixty-five special teams tackles. A vintage CFL player if there ever was one.

Honourable Mentions: LB Ed Gataveckas (Edmonton Eskimos, 1980) played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1981-1990, recording sixty-eight tackles (tackles were not statistically categorized until 1987), 8.5 sacks, and six interceptions. G Bob Skemp (B.C. Lions, 1986) played for the Toronto Argonauts from 1986-1992, winning a Grey Cup in 1991. S Chris Rwabukamba (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2010) is entering his fifth CFL season and first with the B.C. Lions, spending 2011-2014 with Hamilton and Edmonton. Rwabukamba has recorded sixty-three tackles, sixteen special teams tackles, one sack, and two interceptions.

28. LB Ray Mariuz (Toronto Argonauts, 2003)

Mariuz recorded 167 tackles, 162 special teams tackles (seventh most all-time), six sacks, and one interception over his nine-year CFL career with Toronto and Hamilton.

Honourable Mentions: RB Mark Nohra (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1997) played eight seasons in the CFL with B.C., Edmonton, and Ottawa, recording 2,042 rushing yards, 573 receiving yards, and twelve touchdowns. G Ryan Donnelly (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2001) played for Hamilton and Winnipeg from 2002-2009, missing just six career games due to injury. K/P Walt McKee (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1971) played four years in the CFL with Winnipeg and Edmonton and was named the West Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian in his rookie season in 1972.

29. C Jamie Crysdale (B.C. Lions, 1992)

Crysdale played for the Calgary Stampeders for thirteen years, winning two Grey Cups and earning one West Division all-star nod.

Honourable Mentions: WR Brad Sinopoli (Calgary Stampeders, 2011) found his mark at wide receiver with the Stampeders in 2013 and 2014, recording fifty-four catches for 614 yards and two touchdowns. Sinopoli signed a contract with the Ottawa RedBlacks this past off-season. S Darnell Edwards (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2002) played for Saskatchewan for five seasons, registering seventy-four tackles, twenty special teams tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions. DB Delroy Clarke (Toronto Argonauts, 2008) notched forty-five career special teams tackles with Toronto and Edmonton from 2008-2012. DT Jake Thomas (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2012) has recorded twenty-seven tackles and five sacks in three seasons with the blue and gold.

30. LB/FB Agustin Barrenechea (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2003)

Barrenechea spent his eight-year CFL career with Hamilton and Edmonton, notching 241 tackles, fifty-two special teams tackles, seven sacks, and two interceptions.

Honourable Mentions: G Steve Myddlelton (Calgary Stampeders, 2009) is a serviceable offensive lineman who has played for Calgary, B.C., Hamilton, and Edmonton over his six-year CFL career. K/P Chris Milo (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2011) has been inconsistent in his four seasons with the Roughriders, notching field goal percentages of 85, 65, 89, and 71.

31. FB Don Warrington (B.C. Lions, 1970)

Warrington played for the Edmonton Eskimos from 1971-1980, making 225 receptions for 2,968 yards and fourteen touchdowns.

Honourable Mentions: DB Marc Beswick (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2008) has recorded 121 special teams tackles in his seven-year CFL career with Winnipeg and Hamilton. Beswick was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2013. DE Luc Mullinder (Saskatchewan, 2004) played for Saskatchewan, Montreal, and Hamilton over his nine-year CFL career, recording 112 career tackles and sixteen sacks. G Ryan Bomben (Montreal Alouettes, 2010) has developed into a solid starter with Montreal since joining the club in 2010. DE Ivan Brown (Montreal Alouettes, 2009) is entering his sixth CFL season, having spent time in Montreal, Hamilton, Toronto and Winnipeg. Brown has notched thirty-two tackles, twenty-five special teams tackles, and one career sack.

32. C Kelly Bates (B.C. Lions, 2001)

Bates played for B.C., Winnipeg, and Edmonton in his ten-year CFL career, earning one CFL all-star nod in 2007. Bates is the player who accidently and famously broke the Grey Cup following the Lions’ 2006 Grey Cup victory over Montreal.

Honourable Mentions: G Mike Abou-Mechrek (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1999) was a ten-year CFL player with Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Saskatchewan, winning a Grey Cup in green and white in 2007. C Aaron Fiacconi (Montreal Alouettes) had a ten-year CFL career with Montreal, Winnipeg, and Edmonton from 2002-2011. G Andrew Jones (B.C. Lions, 2007) is a serviceable player for the Edmonton Eskimos who also played in B.C. and Toronto. LB Charles Assman (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1995) played for Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Ottawa over his six-year CFL career, notching eighty-eight tackles, one sack, and one interception.

33. SB Chris Getzlaf (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2007)

Getzlaf has spent his entire eight-year CFL career in green and white, recording 335 receptions for 5,295 yards and thirty-three touchdowns over that time. Getzlaf was named a West Division all-star in 2012 and 2013 and was named the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian in the 2013.

Honourable Mentions: G Patrick Neufeld (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2010) is a four-year CFL player who is currently a Winnipeg Blue Bomber. LB Neil McKinlay (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2004) played his seven-year CFL career with Winnipeg and B.C., regularly recording double-digit special teams tackle totals throughout his career.

34. G Jay McNeil (Calgary Stampeders, 1994)

McNeil played for the Stampeders from 1994-2007, earning five CFL and six West Division all-star nods. McNeil won two Grey Cups in red and white.

Honourable Mentions: C Doug Smith (Montreal Alouettes, 1974) spent his eleven-year CFL career with Montreal and Toronto, earning a CFL all-star nod in 1979. C/OT Mohammed “Moe” Elewonibi (B.C. Lions, 1990) played in the CFL with B.C. and Winnipeg from 1997-2005 after spending the initial five years of his career in the NFL. Elewonibi was named a CFL all-star in 1998. WR Andre Talbot (Toronto Argonauts, 2001) played his ten-year CFL career with Toronto and Edmonton, recording 288 career receptions for 3,703 yards and eighteen touchdowns. DE Harald Hasselbach (Calgary Stampeders, 1989) registered seventy-two tackles and fourteen sacks in four years with the Stampeders before playing seven seasons with the NFL’s Denver Broncos. Hasselbach is one of few football players ever to win both a Super Bowl and Grey Cup. S Jason Crumb (B.C. Lions, 1999) played for the Leos for six years, recording forty-five tackles, seventy special teams tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions. RB Matt Walter (Calgary Stampeders, 2011) has recorded seventy-nine career carries for 887 yards and three touchdowns in his three seasons in red and white.

35. C/G Jon Gott (Calgary Stampeders, 2008)

Gott has played for Calgary and Ottawa from 2009-2014 and is regarded as one of the CFL’s better interior offensive linemen.

Honourable Mentions: LS Chad Rempel (Edmonton Eskimos, 2004) has spent his ten-year CFL career with Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, and Saskatchewan, registering seventy-three career special teams tackles along the way. DT Gregory Alexandre (Toronto Argonauts, 2011) registered his first CFL statistics in 2014, recording sixteen tackles and five sacks with the Edmonton Eskimos.

36. DB Tony Proudfoot (Montreal Alouettes, 1971)

Proudfoot played for the Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions from 1971-1982, earning two East Division all-star nods in 1977 and 1979.

Honourable Mentions: C/G Marc Parenteau (Ottawa Renegades, 2003) was a steady offensive lineman for Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, and Toronto from 2005-2013. DB Paul Woldu (Montreal Alouettes, 2008) is a steady special teams player and occasional defensive player now playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He has recorded eighty-four special teams tackles and three interceptions in his seven-year CFL career. K Justin Palardy (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2010) kicked for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2010-2013, recording a career accuracy rate of 82%.

37. OT Vic Stevenson (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1981)

Stevenson was a seventeen-year CFL player with Saskatchewan, B.C., Toronto, Edmonton, and Montreal. Stevenson was a one-time CFL all-star and two-time West Division all-star.

Honourable Mentions: FB Wade Miller (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1995) played for the Bombers for eleven years, notching a CFL record 184 career special teams tackles. Miller was twice named an East Division all-star. LB Karl McCartney (Calgary Stampeders, 2010) has been a special teams dynamo in his five-year career with the Stamps, registering eighty-one special teams tackles. G Mark Moors (Calgary Stampeders, 1978) played with Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Hamilton from 1980-1989, winning a Grey Cup with the Blue Bombers in 1984. DE Adrian Baird (Ottawa Renegades, 2005) recorded forty-six special teams tackles in five season with Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

38. RB/WR Jim Foley (Montreal Alouettes, 1970)

Foley played for Montreal and Ottawa from 1971-1977 at both running back and receiver. Foley, who recorded 449 career rushing yards and 2,629 receiving yards, was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 1975.

Honourable Mentions: G Lyle Bauer (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1979) played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1982-1991. Bauer, who’s served as an administrator with Winnipeg and Calgary since 2000, won three Grey Cups with the Bombers in 1984, 1988, and 1990. DT Matt Kirk (Ottawa Renegades, 2004) played his seven-year CFL career with Ottawa, B.C., and Hamilton, registering seventy-five tackles, fifteen special teams tackles, and seven sacks. WR Julian Feoli-Gudino (Toronto Argonauts, 2011) registered his first CFL receiving statistics last season with Winnipeg, making twenty-four catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

39. G Sandy Annunziata (Calgary Stampeders, 1992)

Annunziata played in the CFL for eleven seasons with Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, and Toronto and was named an East Division all-star in 2002.

Honourable Mentions: C Brian Ramsay (Toronto Argonauts, 2006) has spent his nine-year CFL career with Toronto, Hamilton, and Edmonton. DT Don Oramasionwu (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2008) has registered eighty-six tackles and seventeen sacks in his six-year CFL career with Winnipeg and Edmonton.

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41. LB Roger Reinson (Calgary Stampeders, 1994)

Reinson played his twelve-year CFL career with Calgary, B.C., and Edmonton, recording 140 special teams tackles and winning four Grey Cups.

Honourable Mention: LS Jocelyn Frenette (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 2001) played in green and white from 2002-2011, winning one Grey Cup in 2007.

42. G Dan Comiskey (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1997)

Comisky was a CFL offensive lineman for thirteen seasons with Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Hamilton, and Calgary. Comiskey was a two-time West Division all-star.

43. P Glenn Harper (Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1986)

Harper played his thirteen-year career with Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, and Ottawa, earning West Division all-star nods in 1987 and 1993.

Honourable Mentions: LB Scott Coe (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 2002) recorded 292 tackles, ten sacks, and five interceptions in his seven-year career with Hamilton, Calgary, and Edmonton. LB Kelly Lochbaum (B.C. Lions, 1997) registered eighty-one tackles, 138 special teams tackles, and one sack in his nine-year CFL career with B.C. and Calgary. S Corbin Sharun (Edmonton Eskimos, 2010) has registered seventy-seven special teams tackles in his five seasons with Edmonton.

44. FB Mathieu Bertrand (Montreal Alouettes, 2003)

Bertrand played in green and gold for nine seasons, notching 117 special teams tackles and over 1,000 yards from scrimmage.

Honourable Mention: RB Bryan Crawford (Toronto Argonauts, 2005) spent his entire seven-year career in double blue, recording 217 rushing yards and 134 special teams tackles.

45. G Irv Daymond (B.C. Lions, 1984)

Daymond was named an East Division all-star in 1991 and 1992 over his ten-year career with the Ottawa Rough Riders (1986-1995).

Honourable Mentions: G Chris Greaves (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2010) is entering his sixth season with the blue and gold and fourth as a starter. S Matt Black (Toronto Argonauts, 2008) has recorded sixty-four tackles, sixty-six special teams tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions in his six years with the double blue.

46. K Lance Chomyc (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1985)

Chomye played for the Toronto Argonauts from 1985-1993, earning two CFL all-star nods and winning the 1991 East Division Most Outstanding Canadian award.

47. S Chris Hardy (Edmonton Eskimos, 1997)

Hardy spent his twelve-year CFL career with Edmonton and Toronto, recording 115 tackles, eighty-three special teams tackles, and ten interceptions.

Honourable Mention: LB Pierre-Luc Labbe (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 2008) played for the Bombers for six seasons, recording seventy-six tackles and eighty-five special teams tackles.

48. K/P Troy Westwood (Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1991)

Westwood was a Winnipeg Blue Bomber for eighteen years, converting on 72.3% of his career field goals and punting for an average of 42.7 yards. Westwood was a one-time CFL and two-time East Division all-star. Westwood’s greatest accomplishment, however, will always be providing the inspiration that led to the dubbing the annual Saskatchewan-Winnipeg Labour Day rematch, the Banjo Bowl.

Honourable Mentions: C Luc Brodeur-Jourdain (Montreal Alouettes, 2008) has spent his entire career with Montreal and is a one-time CFL and two-time East Division all-star. WR Michael Palmer (Toronto Argonauts, 2003) made eighty-six receptions for 1,086 yards and three touchdowns in his six-year career with Toronto and Saskatchewan. G Shane Bergman (Calgary Stampeders, 2013) has developed into a solid starter with the red and white.

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50. WR Dave Stala (Montreal Alouettes, 2003)

Stala has spent his twelve-year CFL career with Montreal and Hamilton, making 418 receptions for 5,314 yards and twenty-seven touchdowns. Stala is a one-time East Division all-star and was named the East Division’s Most Valuable Canadian in 2010.

51. LB Michael Botterill (Montreal Alouettes, 2003)

Botterill played with Montreal, Edmonton, Hamilton, and Calgary over his seven-year CFL career, notching sixty-eight tackles, four sacks, and seventy-seven special teams tackles.

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53. WR Stuart “Stu” Lang (Edmonton Eskimos, 1974)

Lang played ninety-three games for the Eskimos from 1974-1981, making 199 receptions for 2,828 yards and winning five Grey Cups.

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58. K Dave Ridgway (Montreal Alouettes, 1981)

Ridgway kicked for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for fourteen years from 1982-1995, earning six CFL and seven West Division all-star nods. Named the Most Valuable Canadian of the 1989 Grey Cup, Ridgway had his number 36 retired by the Roughriders following his retirement from the CFL. Ridgway was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

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63. K/P Paul Osbaldiston (B.C. Lions, 1986)

Osbaldiston made brief stops in B.C. and Winnipeg before joining the Tiger-Cats in 1986, the club for whom he’d play until 2003. Osbaldiston was a three-time CFL and five-time East Division all-star, winning the 1990 East Division Most Outstanding Canadian award and being named the 1986 Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian.

64. K/P Terry Baker (Montreal Concordes, 1984)

Baker spent his sixteen-year CFL career with Saskatchewan, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal, earning one CFL and two East Division all-star nods. Baker is a member of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

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John Hodge

John Hodge is a lifelong follower of the CFL who has been writing about the league since 2014. He is a two-time finalist of the Jon Gott lookalike contest.
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8 Comments on The Greatest CFL Draft Picks of All-Time from No. 1 to No. 64

  1. the paw // May 12, 2015 at 12:24 pm //

    That is a lot of work, much appreciated. I would take issue with three of your conclusions, my preference being Doug Brown over Lui Passaglia, Hec Pothier over Hage, and Dale Potter over Brett Jones. IMHO, Brown as an “every down” player had more impact than Lui, and Brett Jones had too short a tenure to get the nod over such a stalwart as Potter was during the glory years for the Esks. All the same, great list….

    • Thanks for the kind words, Paw. Picked Hage over Pothier because he won an Eastern Division MOOL award in an era with more American competition at OL. Love Doug Brown, but Passaglia will *never* be surpassed as pro football’s all-time leading scorer (for perspective, Passaglia is still almost 1,000 points up on Paul McCallum). As for Jones/Potter, in retrospect, you’re probably right. That may change, though, if Jones ever comes back north.

  2. You missed Andy Fantuz’s Most Valuable Canadian award for the 2014 Grey Cup.

  3. GT Ross // May 12, 2015 at 8:36 pm //

    Wow, what a list. Brought back a lot of memories reading it. You did a lot of research and I thank you. I’ll forward your story to some old CFL fans/friends of mine.

    • Glad you enjoyed it, GT. There’s a ton of history to the league and I’m glad my piece was able to bring some of it to light.

  4. Great work! But like most great bodies of work you have made at least one mistake. David Shaw is an Import-International.

    Exclusion of territorial protections is a HUGE omission as you have stated. The BEST players were left out of the draft. They were in effect the number one and two draft picks.

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