The CFL’s Greatest Players of All Time 

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 As we kick off 2021 with our fingers crossed that the June 10 start will be kept, just how the season will look is on everyone’s minds. With 2020 being scrapped for the first time in over 100 years, normality is going to look quite different for sure. Like other leagues around the world, travel restrictions, fans in the stands and the length of the season could easily be up for debate come June. 

 COVID-19 sure has thrown a spanner in the works but there are still great things out there. For instance, if you’re looking for the best payout online casino Canada has to offer, https://new-casino.ca/articles/best-payout-casinos has you covered. But for now, we’re delving into the history books and have compiled our list of the top four CFL players of all time. What’s your thoughts? 

 Doug Flutie 

 After his mark in the NFL with the Patriots and Bears, Flutie was picked up by the BC Lions in 1990 and threw a record 6,619 yards the following year. 1992 saw him traded to the Stampeders where he led them to Grey Cup glory in his first year. 48 touchdown passes in 1994 made him the hottest player around and it was proved again when he led the Argonauts to back-to-back Grey Cup victories in 1996 and 1997.  

 Flutie has been named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player a record 6 times and was also MVP for all three Grey Cup wins. Named in the Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, there was never a player with his ability in the CFL. You can read more about Flutie here. 

 Jackie Parker 

 Back in an era when it wasn’t too uncommon for players to play multiple positions, no one could be said to be a more all-round footballer than Parker. Turning down a contract with the New York Giants, Parker instead made the move north to the Eskimos in 1954 where they won three consecutive Grey Cups. He was made an All-Star three times as a running back and five times as a quarter back, unrivalled by any player since. 

 Parker was awarded the Schenley Award for Canadian Footballs most outstanding player in 1957, 1958 and 1960, twice being the runner up. A true all-round legend of the game. 

 Mike Pringle 

 Known to be one of the greatest running backs in CFL history, Pringles career was a real mixed bag of success. Overall, Pringle retired with CFL records of 20,254 scrimmage yards and 16,425 yards from rushing, plus a first equal 137 touchdowns with George Reed. But Pringle never looked like he was to be a star. His first CFL season was in 1992 with the Eskimos and he didn’t make a mark. In fact, it wasn’t until 1994’s replacement of Sheldon Caney that Pringle took centre stage for Baltimore, notching a record 1,972 yards and thirteen touchdowns. 

 In total, he won CFL All-Star status 7 times, Most Outstanding Player twice and was Grey Cup winner three times. Proof that a career doesn’t have to start with a hiss and roar in the CFL. 

 George Reed 

 A long time Roughriders player of 13 seasons, Reed still holds the CFL record of 134 rushing touchdowns since his retirement in 1975. Two other long standing records of 16,116 rushing yards and 137 touchdowns have been equalled and beaten but Reed’s career will go down in history. CFL All-Star 9 times of the 13 seasons played, he was Most Outstanding Player in 1965. The following year he won the 54th Grey Cup, being named MVP. 

 As well as being inducted into Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1979, Reed was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1978. This is Canada’s highest civilian honour and a credit to his service to Canada, both on and off the field. 

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