Burris returns to the CFL… for 10 days!

Welp, that did not last long, did it!


There would have been many, all around the world, that would have been rather happy to see Henry Burris return to the Canadian Football League (CFL) following the achievements he managed to make during his long career in the league.


Whilst it seems that he did not have the greatest amount of success in the National Football League (NFL), he did enjoy a plethora of decorated moments in Canada and managed to be rewarded for his time with an abundance of honors.


Burris had an exceptional career in the CFL


Burris enjoyed a career that saw him have two spells at the Calgary Stampeders, with his first being between 1997 and 1999, before returning in 2005 and staying until 2011. He also enjoyed time at Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2000, before heading to the NFL and spending time with the Green Bay Packers (2001), and the Chicago Bears in 2002.


Before returning to the CFL, he spent time in Germany with the Berlin Thunder in 2003 before being picked up by the Saskatchewan Roughriders again for a year prior to another return to the Calgary Stampeders. In 2012, he joined up with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before ending his professional football career with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016 after two years.


During his career, he was also named the CFL’s outstanding player on two occasions, having won the award in 2010 and 2015, whilst he won three Grey Cups – the NFL’s Super Bowl equivalent – in 1998, 2008, and 2016; winning the award for the top player on two occasions.


Burris has the third-most all-time passing yards as he threw for 63,227, whilst he also ranks third overall in touchdowns, having provided 374; both figures led to him being inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2020.


Jacksonville Jaguars appear to have got Burris to return to the NFL


Therefore, it is hardly a surprise that many would have been excited about his return to the CFL following a two-year stint on the coaching staff of the Chicago Bears, where he was a seasonal coaching assistant before becoming an offensive quality control coach.


It is clear that the prospect of returning to the NFL was too good for him, as his decision to join the B.C. Lions as an offensive consultant appeared to only be enough to last for 10 days as he decided to leave and pursue an opportunity.


It has subsequently been reported that he has been offered a coaching position at the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he will join former Super Bowl-winning head coach Doug Pederson in a new look for the Florida NFL franchise as they look to move on quickly from last season’s debacle involving Urban Meyer.


The Lions will have been disappointed, with the co-general manager and head coach Rick Campbell, someone that Burris was very familiar with as he was his head coach at the Redblacks during the former quarterback’s final years in professional football; a coach he managed to win his final Grey Cup underneath.


Nonetheless, Campbell revealed that he and the team would not stand in his former player’s way and wished him the best of luck.

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