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Angus Reid is entering his 11th year in the CFL, and 11th year as a BC Lion. He has now played over 160 professional games, putting him in the top 10 in team history for games played. At one point...

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Robert “Pole Cat” Poley was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is a former professional Canadian Football Offensive Lineman, who played 15 seasons in the CFL. Bob came...

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Chris Best was born April 3rd , 1983 in Calgary, Alberta. He played three seasons in the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference with Duke University from 2002 to 2004 after redshirting his first year. In 2002, he was named Most Improved Lineman. In 2004, Chris played in...

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Chris Getzlaf understands the importance of hard work and how it is an essential part of being successful. Growing up in a very athletic and competitive household, Chris brings...

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Chris Schultz, a mainstay on the CFL ON TSN panel, is a household name to Canadian football fans. In addition to sharing his 20 years of broadcasting experience, the former outstanding offensive lineman also delivers his weekly...

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Life has been anything but ordinary for Chris Walby, as he has been involved in a multitude of ventures, activities, and occupations throughout his 55 years on this planet. He was born in the tough North End of Winnipeg attending St John's High School where he was introduced to the game of football in his senior year...


Football, however, was not his game of choice as it was hockey that he truly loved, and where he went on to play Junior A Hockey with the Kildonan North Stars, a perennial powerhouse in the late 70's and early 80's

His career in Football started with one year of High School football, followed by two years of Junior football with the Winnipeg Rods which led to an Athletic Scholarship to the University of Dickinson in North Dakota in 1979. He not only graduated with a teaching degree , but also was honored as an All American as a defensive end in football. Chris would later be inducted into the Dickinson State University Hall of Fame in 1999.

He was selected 4th overall in the 1981 CFL draft by the Montreal Alouettes, but ended up coming to his hometown of Winnipeg midway through the 1981 season spending the next 16 years playing for the Blue Bombers. He played in 5 Grey Cup Games winning 3 championships in 1984, 1988, and 1990. During his 16 year career, Chris was a 9 time CFL Allstar, a 2 time CFL Most outstanding Offensive lineman award recipient, as well as being named as one of the 20 greatest players to play with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was also recognized as #22 amongst the CFL's 50 greatest players in a TSN poll in 2006. Chris was inducted into the Winnipeg Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the prestigious CFL Hall of Fame in 2003.

Chris has done it all from being a Teacher in the Manitoba School system, to running politically for the Liberal Party in 1995. He has operated and worked at his restaurant "Chris Walby's Hog City Bar and Grill", as well as doing Colour Commentary for the CFL on CBC football broadcasts working 10 Grey Cup Games. He most recently retired as a National Sales Manager for a leading Pharmaceutical company this past April.

Chris has also been involved in the community as a spokesperson for various charities and community events, with the most recent being the spokesperson for the Arthritis Society this past year.

Chris makes his year round home in Winnipeg with his wife Vera and their four sons Brandon, Clayton, Christien, and Matthew.

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Damon Allen

Damon Allen is considered to be one of the greatest CFL quarterbacks of all-time. Allen leads the all-time pro football combined rushing and passing charts with 72,381 passing yards and 11,920 rushing yards for a combined total of 84,301 yards. Allen surpassed Warren Moon’s total of 70,553 passing yards (in both the CFL and NFL combined) on September 4, 2006 during the annual CFL Labour Day Classic....

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Dan Comiskey played football in the Canadian Football League for 13 years, where he was coached by over 40 different professional coaches. All of these coaches were behaviour change specialists, and helped Dan become an expert in the fundamentals of...

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Dan Rashovich was considered one of the CFL’s best special team players during his 16-year career with Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Saskatchewan. The Toronto born Rashovich was very well liked and respected by his teammates and opponents for his passion and enthusiasm for the game...


The Simon Fraser University grad was drafted 13th overall by the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1984. He joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1987, and spent 13 years with them. Dan was also the Roughriders starting linebacker on the 1989 Grey Cup Championship team.

As a keynote speaker and story teller, the personable Rashovich shares the same passion and enthusiasm with his audiences. “Razz” will entertain your guests with a variety of interesting stories from his all-star career including playing an entire game with a broken fibula.

During his career, Dan was named Saskatchewan’s Most Outstanding Canadian twice and Most Outstanding Defensive Player and a Western Division All-Star.

Known for giving back to the community that supported him during his playing days, Dan believes in speaking to students about their future and making positive lifestyle choices. He continues to share his motivational messages on team building and goal setting at community events, corporate meetings, coaching seminars and football camps.

Dan, a well deserving member of the Plaza of Honor, welcomes the opportunity to visit with you to share his message and have a positive impact on your community or workplace.

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Dave Ridgway joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1982 as their placekicker. Through his 14-year career, Ridgway established a number of league and team records. At the time of his retirement in 1995, he held CFL records for longest FG (60), most field goals in a regular season with 59, most field goals in a regular season game with 8 (twice), and most consecutive...

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Don Narcisse was born February 26th, 1965 in Port Arthur, Texas. Don attended Texas Southern University where he was named First-Team NCAA Division I All-American, All-Southwest Conference. In 1986 he captured the NCAA Division I-AA receiving crown, in his senior year Don had 88 receptions and 1074 receiving yards...

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Doug Brown is a retired NFL and CFL veteran who played 15 years of professional football at defensive tackle. An 8 time Allstar, he was the CFL's most outstanding Canadian once, and the runner up twice...


Doug was the runner up defensive player of the year in 2007, and the winner of the Reebok best move competition in 2009. Doug played in 3 Grey Cups in his career, and spent his entire CFL career in Winnipeg. Doug played with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins in the NFL, and started his first game against the New York Giants in 1998. Doug has written a column for the Wpg Free Press the last 11 years, is the color commentator for the Bomber radio broadcast rights holder CJOB, and is a guest panelist on TSN.

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Former star player of the Montreal Alouettes, Étienne Boulay is a beloved sports personality. At the beginning of his career as an athlete, his dedication of the sport gave him incredible success. He even received an important scholarship that lead him to...


Connecticut University in New Hampire.

In 2006, he was drafted by the CFL to play for the Montreal Alouettes. In 2008, he signed with the New York Jets, although his stay in New York would only last a couple months. During the same season, he returned to the Alouettes and went on to win back-to-back Grey Cups in 2009 and 2010. He won a third in 2013 with the Toronto Argonauts.

Étienne Boulay retired in 2014 from football to pursue a media career, a move that proved successful! With his show Les Testeurs on the French TV channel Vrak, he quickly became a huge star and role model for thousands of teenagers. In 2016, he co-hosted a show called Papa à 110% on Canal Vie. Étienne is currently a regular football commentator on TVA Sports.

Étienne continues to work on many projects such as the publication of two books that he co-wrote with Patrick Marleau called Touchdown and his very popular blog Ma famille mon chaos which deals with the ever challenging family dynamic. The third book of his series is scheduled to be released in September 2017. Finally, Étienne is involved with Bell’s Let’s talk campaign, an initiative to help end the stigma surrounding mental health.

Étienne is a busy guy! Between the motivational talks he gives on his unique journey or the many causes he is aligned with, it is safe to say that Étienne has carved out a place for himself on the Quebec media scene.

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A native of Brossard, Quebec, Eric Lapointe played his college at Mount Allison University. During Eric's college career he was Canada's Rookie of the Year, a three-time All- Canadian, and a two-time Hec Crighton Trophy winner as Most Outstanding Player in Canada (1996 and 1998). Eric rushed for a total 4,666 yards and 31 touchdowns during his 4 years at Mount Allison University ...


After graduation in 1999, Lapointe was selected in the third round (20th overall) of the CFL entry draft by the Edmonton Eskimos. In 1999 Eric played on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Grey Cup winning team.

He joined the Montreal Alouettes in February 2001. In 2005 Eric was the starting running back for the Alouettes in the 93rd Grey Cup.

Also in 2005, he was selected by Canadian university football fans as the best university football player of all time.

Eric will be inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame this year. Eric is currently a financial analyst in Montreal.

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Geroy Simon, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is currently a slot back in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Geroy began his football career with the University of Maryland where he finished second on the University’s all-time charts for receptions. In his sophomore year, he set an ACC record with 77 catches for 891 yards and 5 touchdowns. In 1997 Geroy ...

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Hector Pothier began his football career in University and continued in the CFL as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos. He played for 11 years with the Eskimos and made his home in Edmonton. Hectors time with the Eskimos included being a part of 6 grey cup winning teams. He is currently the principal of Kameyosek Elementary School and has worked with the Edmonton Public School Board for 21 years...


Hector married his lovely wife, Louisa, in 1975 and Graduated from St. Mary's University in 1976 with a BA in History and English. He then went on to McGill University where he received his teaching diploma in 1977. During his time at University, Hector received several football awards including the JP Metras Award as Top Lineman in the CIAU (1975), Four time All-Conference All-Star and All Canadian All-Star CIAU (1973 – 1976). Hector joined the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1978 and spent his CFL career with the Eskimos through 1989. He had 6 grey cup wins and received several awards including the CFL All Canadian All-Star and 2 time Western Conference All-Star Awards as well as the Tom Pate Award in 1987 for Community Contribution. Hector also continued his education, attending the University of Alberta in 1985 and 1986 taking 10 Physical Education Courses. One of his greatest accomplishments was in 1987 as he and his wife welcomed their beautiful daughter, Ayla into the world.

Hector has continued to remain active in the community as well as education of our youth. He coached for the North-East basketball association from 1999 to 2011 as well as working on the board as First vice president from 2007-2010. Hector was also the First President of the CFL Alumni in 2008 and worked on the Board of Directors for the Edmonton YMCA from 2000 – 2009 and remained an advisor to the Board in 2010-2011. Hector is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. John Bosco Church and is active in coordinating the annual children's Christmas party as well as starting a Youth Group at St. John Bosco. He also acted as honorary chair for the Salvation Army Annual Fundraising Campaign, past president at the Thistle Curling Club where he started the junior curling program. A great joy for Hector was the ability to start a High School Football team at J. Percy Page. He has also enjoyed the opportunity to be the MC for the Annual Edmonton Hip Hip Hooray Walk for Orthopaedic Research since its inception 15 years ago to 2008.

Hector looks forward to serving his community and being a part of local events in the years ahead.

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Henry Burris, born Spiro Oklahoma in June of 1975, began his athletic career early at Spiro High School where he received 4 varsity letters (football, track, basketball and baseball). In his senior year Henry was named the Oklahoma Offensive Player...

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The greatest kick returner in pro football, Henry "Gizmo" Williams played his final game October 28, 2000. Born May 5, 1963 in Memphis, Tennessee, Gizmo thrilled Eskimo fans for 14 seasons and leaves behind a legacy of records that will likely never be broken. Gizmo worked tirelessly in the community throughout his career and in 1999 was honoured with the Eskimo Community Services Award. He was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2006...


"Gizmo" by the numbers:

  • West Division All-Star: 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997
  • CFL All-star: 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
  • Member of the Eskimo 1987 and 1993 Grey Cup winning teams
  • Grey Cup record for most yards on missed field goal returns: 143 vs Toronto Nov 29th, 1987.
  • Grey Cup record for longest missed field goal return: 115 yards vs. Toronto Nov 29th 1987
  • Longest punt return in playoffs: 103 yds vs Sask Nov 15, 1992
  • Inducted to the Eskimo Wall of Honour in 2002
  • Inducted to the CFL Hall of Fame in 2006


Edmonton Eskimos 1986-1988 AND 1990-2000


All-Canadian Special Teams 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
All-Western Special Teams 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997

Grey Cup Participation 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996
Grey Cup Winning Teams 1987, 1993

Henry Williams attended East Carolina University and played briefly with the USFL'S Memphis Showboats before joining the Edmonton Eskimoes in 1986. His skills caused the CFL to create a 'Designated Import' spot on each team's roster to allow for a game-breaking specialist. No one else broke open games like Williams through 14 seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos.

In 149 regular season games Williams, affectionately know as "GIZMO", returned 26 punts for touchdowns, including, 5 in one season, to set CFL records. He also returned 3 kickoffs and 2 missed field goals for touchdowns, added 21 touchdown passes as a receiver and another on a running play. Undersized with speedy, he often punctuated his touchdowns with end zone back flips.

Williams spent the 1989 season withe the NFL'S Philadelphia Eagles and rejoined the Eskimos in 1990. At the time of his retirement in 2000, Williams was the CFL'S All-Time leader in punt returns (1,003), Punt return yardage (11, 177 Yards), Kickoff returns (335) And Kickoff-return yardage (7, 354). He amassed 23, 927 All-purpose yards in his career.

Williams made 14 postseason appearances, playing in 22 playoff games and 5 Grey Cup games. In the 1987 Grey Cup he set a record by returning a missed field goal 115 yards for a touchdown. In 2002, he was inducted into the North West Mississippi Junior Collage Hall of fame and became a member of the Eskimo Wall of Honor that same year.

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Waszczuk’s professional football career began in 1975 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats when he was drafted in the first round. During his 10-year career, he was an All-Star at center seven times and made two Grey Cup appearances (1980, 1984). He also was chosen as the Rothman’s Outstanding Lineman on ...

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Ibrahim "Obby" Khan born October 8, 1980 in Ottawa, Ontario. He attended Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School where he played football and rugby. Ibrahim also played minor football for the Gloucester Dukes.


Obby began his college football career playing CIS football with Simon Fraser. He won the J. P. Metras Trophy as the top lineman in Canadian university football in 2003. Obby was one of only three Canadians to participate in the 2004 East-West Shrine Game, an all-star game for graduating college players, mainly from the United States.

Ibrahim was selected in the first round (second overall) of the 2004 CFL Draft. He played for the Ottawa Renegades in 2004 and 2005. He was one of the Renegades most versatile offensive linemen, with playing time at guard, centre and tackle.

In the 2006 CFL season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers acquired him as their first selection in the Ottawa Dispersal Draft. He was the only member of the Blue Bombers’ offensive line to start all 18 regular season games as well as the football club’s East Semifinal contest with the Toronto Argonauts. His contributions to the team did not go unnoticed; he was recognized in the CFL’s post-season awards as the Bombers' nominee for Outstanding Offensive Lineman.

On April 25, 2012, Obby officially announced his retirement after eight seasons in the Canadian Football League.

Obby now owns and operates Shawarma Khan Restaurant in the city of Winnipeg, as well as a concession stand at the Investors Group Field – home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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Jamie Taras returned to the Lions in 2008 as the club's Director, Community Relations following a 16 career as a player spent entirely with the BC Lions (1987-2002). Over the course of an exceptional football career, Taras would epitomize excellence and leadership both on and off the field, compiling numerous awards and honours during his time spent wearing a Lions uniform....


A two-time Grey Cup champion, an All-Star and outstanding Lineman nominee, Taras would be frequently recognized by the league for his outstanding play and community involvement. After Lui Passaglia, Taras is the all-time leader in games played in a Lions uniform. The former team captain, is a member of the club's 50th season all-time dream team and one of only nine players on the Lions Ring of Honour.

Jamie and his wife, Jennifer, along with daughter Sydney and son William reside year-round in White Rock, BC. In addition to his work with the Lions, Jamie is on the board of directors for Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and coaches youth football and rugby. In 2006, Jamie was honoured with a Volunteer Vancouver Award for his tireless community involvement.

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Jed Tommy is currently Competitive masters cyclist and personal advocate for the Queens University study that has...


  • University of Guelph
  • BA Psychology
  • University Athletic Honours
  • 1980’s Team of the Decade
  • Team Captain – 1984
  • Donald Forster Trophy, MVP – 1984
  • Scored Winning Touchdown Vanier Cup – 1984
  • 1109 Career Rushing Yards Vanier Cup (CIAU) Champion – 1984
  • Family History
  • Grandfather Andrew Tommy 1940 MVP in the CFL inducted into Canadian Football and Canadian sports Hall of fame 1989
  • Father Arthur Tommy 11th in the world Alpine ski championships Member Canadian ski hall of fame
  • Jed Tommy
  • Coached by Tom Dimitroff University of Guelph
  • First Round Draft Pick, Hamilton – 1985
  • First OUA Player Selected in Draft – 1985
  • Starting Fullback / special teams captain
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1985-1991
  • Ottawa Rough-Riders 1992-1995
  • Member 3 Grey Cup Teams
  • Member Grey Cup Champion Team 1986 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Career Past
  • 30 year career in sales, brand management, Sr. Director North America Directed Electronics
  • Career Current : VP business development Players Health globally
  • CFLAA active member
  • Personal
  • Married Roxanne Tommy and have one son, Mackenzie Tommy who has graduated and was former captain University of Ottawa Gee Gees Football

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Jeremy O'Day played 12 seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Drafted by Toronto in 1997 and then signing a contract with the Roughriders in 1999, he has been named CFL all-star at the centre position three times during his career...

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Jim Hopson has been involved with football in Saskatchewan for much of his life. He played high school football for Thom Collegiate in Regina and then joined the Regina Rams to play junior football. Hopson graduated from the University of...

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Jon Cornish works for in private wealth management for TD's Private Investment Counsel and has been with TD for 5 years. Cornish is currently...


a level 3 canadidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program. Jon is best known for his nine years playing for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). In 2014 Jon took home the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian award for the third time.

He was selected a CFL all-star three times. He is a two time Grey Cup Champion (2008, 2014). Cornish, after being awarded Most Outstanding Player, was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete for 2013.

Jon Cornish is a Human Rights Advocate, speaking out for LGBT and minority rights. Jon is a regular volunteer with Alberta Children's Hospital and works with their Foundation to raise funds and awareness. Jon also helps raise money and works with Woods Homes in Calgary for at risk children.

You can follow Jon on Twitter @jonnycornish / Instagram @cornycornish / Snapchat @cornycornish

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As an active professional athlete, motivational speaker, youth mentor, personal trainer and small business owner, Jonathan Hood has the professional skills to accept any challenge. At the age of 27, Jonathan has become a proven leader and has quickly mastered...

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As an insightful, intuitive, genuine storyteller, I have been told that I get it!

After 25 years serving as a professional athlete, broadcaster, coach and community philanthropist there is no greater...

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Kerry current plays quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos. He and his wife, Courtney, make their home in Louisiana. KJ was born in New Iberia, Louisiana and attended McNeese State where he was named MVP his senior year...


Kerry's pro career started in 1996 with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 1997, while with NFL Europe's London Monarchs, KJ made the switch from his natural position of quarterback to safety. In 1999, Kerry went back to the NFL where he played 3 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as a safety. In 2003, Kerry came to Canada where he return to the quarterback position with the Ottawa Renegades. When the Renegades folded in 2006, he was selected 1st over by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the dispersal draft.

Kerry helped lead the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the 2007 Grey Cup, winning the CFL's Most Outstanding Player award, as well as the CFLPA Pro Player of the Year. Following the championship, Kerry was traded to the Toronto Argonauts where he played for 2 seasons, before joining his current team, the Edmonton Eskimos.

During his time in Saskatchewan, Kerry dedicated his time to numerous charitable efforts, most notably KidSport, helping underprivileged children play sports in the province. Kerry's speaking topics include spirituality, leadership, and motivation. He looks forward to meeting with you and group to share his stories.

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Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Luc and his family migrated to Canada when he was 9 years old. After excelling in a number of sports while growing up in Mississauga Ontario, Luc graduated from...

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Lui Passaglia played his college football at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. At Simon Fraser, he played wide receiver as well as kicker/punter. Lui recorded 175 career points, won All NAIA District 1 honours twice, and was named an All- Northwest All-Star. Lui was the fifth-overall selection of the BC Lions in the 1976 CFL season Canadian College Draft, as a kicker and wide receiver...


Lui caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in his first CFL game on July 22, of the 1976 CFL season against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. His only other career touchdown came on a one-yard run in his final home game at BC Place Stadium, on November 4, of the 2000 season, again against the Roughriders. Between those two touchdown "bookends," Passaglia arguably became one of the most consistent performers in Lions', CFL, and professional football history.

Lui played the most CFL regular seasons at 25, the most CFL regular season games at 408, and scored the most points in regular season play with 3,991 points, all with one team: the BC Lions. Lui was the first player to score 200 points in a season (1987), with 214 points.

Lui holds many CFL regular season records including total points scored (3,991), most converts at 1,045 (560 consecutive), most field goals at 875, best single season field goal percentage at 90.9% (40 of 44 in 2000, his final year of play), and most single points at 309. He is the second all-time CFL punt leader with 3,142 for 133,826 yards, with the second highest average in a season (1983 CFL season) of 50.2 yards. In CFL playoff games, Lui holds records for most points with 210, is tied for most field goals with 48, and has the longest recorded punt of 89 yards.

As a Lion, Lui was named a CFL Western Division All-Star nine times, and was a CFL All-Star four times (1979, 1983, 1984, and 2000 seasons). He was a member of three of the Lions' Grey Cup seasons (1985, 1994, and 2000 seasons), winning the Dick Suderman Trophy as the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian twice (73rd Grey Cup and 82nd Grey Cup). Lui is the longest-playing Lion in team history, appearing in a total of 408 games.

Lui retired from the CFL following the Lions' 28–26 88th Grey Cup victory over the Montreal Alouettes in the 2000 season, where he kicked the winning points in the game. In the 2003 season, Lui was voted a member of the BC Lions All- Time Dream Team, at the kicker and punter positions. In November 2006, he was voted #30 of the CFL's top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.

Lui last-second field goal in 1994's 82nd Grey Cup game at BC Place, which clinched the championship for the Lions over the Baltimore Football Club, was named the greatest play in BC Lions history in 2007.

Lui was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Following his years playing with the Lions, Lui worked for seven years as the Lions director of community relations. He currently devotes his time to his family property development business.

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Matt Dominguez was born June 27th, 1978 in Georgetown, Texas. He grew up in Georgetown, the oldest of six children. Matt received a football scholarship after high school to attend Sam Houston State University...

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Matt Sheridan used his fierce competitive nature to carve out an eight year CFL career after being selected in the 6th round of the 2000 draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers...

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Michael "Pinball" Clemons was born January 15, 1965 in Dunedin, Florida. A William and Mary College economics graduate, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts in June, 1989 after a brief stint with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. In his first game as an Argo, he was named player-of-the-game with two kickoff returns for 62 yards and five punt returns for 46 yards....


His coach, Bob O’Billovich, started calling his dynamic running back and returner “Pinball” because of his knack for bouncing off would-be tacklers. In just his second year, Pinball set a single season record amassing 3,300 all-purpose yards. In 1997, Clemons surpassed his own mark when he recorded 3,840 all-purpose yards, a record that still stands today. He also holds the career record for combined yards with 25,438. Both are both pro-football records.

In 1999 he passed the 5,000 yard mark in four separate categories: rushing (5,341), receiving (7,015), kickoff returns (6,349), and punt returns (6,025) -- the only person in pro-football to do this.

After a phenomenal career, Pinball retired in 2000 and immediately stepped into the head coaching position which he held until November, 2001. After a brief period as the club’s President, Clemons again took over the head coaching job from 2002 to 2007. He now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Argonauts.

He has been recognized by many organizations for his work with charities, schools and other community groups. In 2005, he was an integral part of launching The Argos Foundation –- Stop the Violence. In February, 2006, Clemons was named Chair of the Youth Challenge Fund by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. In 2007, he fulfilled a long-time ambition by launching the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth.

“American by birth but Canadian by choice”, Clemons and his wife Diane, along with their daughters Rachel, Raven and Rylie, live in Oakville, Ontario.

Speaking topics All Heart, The importance of Team Work, Winning Against the Odds

bio courtesy of the CFLHOF

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Michael Palmer was born on October 31st, 1980 in Richmond BC. Beginning in the Fall of 1999 at the University of Guelph, Michael studied a broad number of subjects including Human Kinetics, Psychology, Economics and Philosophy. He also began his football career playing with...

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Mike Abou-Mechrek, a Toronto native, was drafted in the 5th round of the 1999 CFL draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 2002, Mike joined the expansion Ottawa Renegades before returning to the Bombers in '05 and finished his ten year pro career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders...

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Mike McCullough is in his eleventh season in Saskatchewan…drafted by Roughriders in third round (23rd overall) in 2003 CFL College Draft...

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Paul "Ozzie" Osbaldiston is a former punter and placekicker in the Canadian Football League. After brief stops in British Columbia and Winnipeg he landed in Hamilton midway through 1986 and started an 18 year career with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. "Ozzie" established...


himself as one of the most prolific kickers and punters ever to suit up in the Canadian Football League. On top of playing the most games (296) and accumulating the most points (2,856) in Ti-Cat history, Osbaldiston owns 18 other team records in various kicking and punting categories. He also occupies every spot on the team’s top-10 single-season scoring list. Osbaldiston is a seven time East Division All-Star and a three-time CFL All-Star. He helped the Ti-Cats reach four Grey Cup finals and captured the title in 1986 and 1999.

Paul also worked with the Hamilton Tiger Cats as an Assistant Special Teams/Kicking coach until 2014 and currently resides in Stoney Creek with his wife Lisa and their children Evan and Julian

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Robert Mimbs was born August 6th, 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri. He began his career in 1987 for the Phoenix Cardinals (NFL) as a replacement running back during the strike. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed Mimbs in 1990 where had a fantastic rookie season. He ran for 1341 yards...

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Rocco Romano was a standout offensive lineman who served two stints with the Stampeders — in 1987 and from 1992 to 2000. The Hamilton, Ont., native was drafted by Calgary in the first round (5th overall) of the 1987 CFL Draft. He was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2007...


He was a division all-star in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1999 and all-Canadian in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1999. He was Calgary's nominee for the CFL Outstanding Lineman award on three occasions and was a two-time winner of the award as the West Division's top lineman, taking home the DeMarco-Becket Memorial Trophy in 1994 and 1996. He won the Presidents' Ring for motivational and leadership skills on and off the field as voted by teammates in 1997 and was added to the Stampeders Wall of Fame in 2008.

Rocco played on Calgary Grey Cup championship teams in 1992 and 1998. The photo of Rocco aboard the Touchdown Horse after the Grey Cup win over Hamilton in 1998 at Winnipeg Stadium is one of the unforgettable images in Stampeders history. He was very active in the Calgary community during his playing career, most notably with the Variety Club and currently still is a strong ambassador in the community.

In between his stints in Calgary, Romano spent time with Saskatchewan, Toronto, Ottawa and BC. He resides in Calgary and is currently working in the oil and gas industry for Carson Energy Services Ltd. and also is the President of the Calgary Stampeder Alumni association.

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Scott Coe, former CFL Linebacker, was born and raised in Manitoba. He began his football career at Kelvin High School and continued into college at the University of Manitoba; where he also studied Economics from 1998 to 2002. Scott was drafted by the...


Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the fifth round of the 2002 CFL Draft. He became part of the Calgary Stampeders Football Club in 2004 and played until 2007 when he joined the Edmonton Eskimos. Scott was also honoured to receive the 2006 Gibson’s Finest Canadian Play as voted on by over 50,000 fans and included a $10,000 donation to Scott’s charity of choice – Timbits Atom Football Program in Calgary. Scott loved the opportunity to support the up and coming football players and has spent many years involved in various Charitable Foundations, volunteering and enjoying the opportunity to give back to his community.

After retiring from the CFL, Scott joined Hamilton and Partners in 2009 and works as an Account Manager in Calgary, Alberta.

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Scott Schultz the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan native was the starting defensive tackle for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for nine seasons. He attended college in North Dakota where he played for the Fighting Sioux and he signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2001 and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002 before playing with the Roughriders...

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All-Star Middle Linebacker, Shea Emry, was one of the fiercest and nastiest players in the Canadian Football League and has transitioned to tackling on a new field: men’s health and development. He’s become an advocate for...

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Steve Mazurak – Vice President, SALES and Corporate Sponsorships with the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club. ...


Steve Mazurak was hired in January of 2005 as head of the team’s marketing, sales and community relations divisions. For eight years Steve was the brand manager responsible for all revenue streams including merchandise sales, ticketing and corporate partnerships. His portfolio also included Community Relations and the Game Day experience. During this time, some of his career highlights include negotiating the naming rights to ‘Mosaic Stadium’ (formerly Taylor Field) and the stadiums first ever jumbo videoboard, the ‘SaskTel Maxtron’ as well as being a part of the Roughriders 100th birthday celebration in 2010 with huge successes both on and off the field. That tremendous season resulted in record-breaking game attendance and over $10 million dollars in merchandise sales. As a result, the team created a Centennial Legacy fund to contribute over $1.6 million back to Saskatchewan communities.

Steve is no stranger to the Saskatchewan Roughriders or the CFL. He played for the Green and White for nine seasons and was inducted into the Roughrider Plaza of Honor (Roughrider Hall of Fame) in 2004. After his playing days, Steve served under George Reed as the executive director for the CFL Players Association from 1981 to 1985. Steve was also a part of the CFLPA Collective Bargaining team in constructing professional footballs first ‘Free Agency’ clause.

During his playing career, Steve played wide receiver and slotback for the Riders (from 1973 to 1981) and is currently ranked 15th in the Roughrider All-Time receiving category, averaging almost 19 yards per catch. Steve is also listed as number 80 in the top 100 Saskatchewan Roughriders and is on the roster of the 1963-1978 All-Era team. He was a perennial team captain and played in two CFL All-Star games as a ‘players pick’ in 1976 and 1977

Steve, a native of Regina, and his wife Heather have four children…and three grandchildren.

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Terry Evenshen was born in Colonia, New Jersey is the Director of Officiating for the Canadian Football League and a former Canadian & American football player and coach. Tom attended Colonia High school in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey where he developed his skill and passion or football. He then played defensive line at North Carolina State University where ...


he was an All-American and started in four consecutive bowl games. After graduating from college, Higgins looked for a career in the National Football League but was not selected in the 1976 NFL Draft. He set his sights on the Canadian Football League and began his career with the Calgary Stampeders, where he played for two years. Tom tried out with the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants before signing with the Buffalo Bills in 1979. He played one year in the NFL before returning to the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

After retiring as a player, Higgins began coaching at the University of Calgary and then in 1985 Higgins joined the Calgary Stampeders coaching staff, serving in several different capacities for nine years. He spent eleven seasons in Edmonton serving as an Assistant General Manager, General Manager and COO before becoming a head coach in 2001 with the Eskimos. He led the team to the playoffs in each of his four seasons, winning division titles in 2002 and 2003. In 2003 Higgins and the Eskimos won the Grey Cup and he was voted the 2003 coach of the year. Tom returned to the Calgary Stampeders in 2005 as head coach where he spent 3 years and captured his second coach of the year before he was appointed as the Director of Officiating for the CFL in April of 2008.

Outside of football, Tom is a highly sought after motivational speaker who works with business and community groups. He believes in “Championship Thinking” and will share his enthusiasm and commitment to help inspire and motivate you!

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Tom Higgins was born in Colonia, New Jersey is the Director of Officiating for the Canadian Football League and a former Canadian & American football player and coach. Tom attended Colonia High school in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey where he developed his skill and passion or football. He then played defensive line at North Carolina State University where ...


he was an All-American and started in four consecutive bowl games. After graduating from college, Higgins looked for a career in the National Football League but was not selected in the 1976 NFL Draft. He set his sights on the Canadian Football League and began his career with the Calgary Stampeders, where he played for two years. Tom tried out with the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants before signing with the Buffalo Bills in 1979. He played one year in the NFL before returning to the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

After retiring as a player, Higgins began coaching at the University of Calgary and then in 1985 Higgins joined the Calgary Stampeders coaching staff, serving in several different capacities for nine years. He spent eleven seasons in Edmonton serving as an Assistant General Manager, General Manager and COO before becoming a head coach in 2001 with the Eskimos. He led the team to the playoffs in each of his four seasons, winning division titles in 2002 and 2003. In 2003 Higgins and the Eskimos won the Grey Cup and he was voted the 2003 coach of the year. Tom returned to the Calgary Stampeders in 2005 as head coach where he spent 3 years and captured his second coach of the year before he was appointed as the Director of Officiating for the CFL in April of 2008.

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Tony Gabriel was considered one of football's most dynamic, dedicated, and durable players. a highly dependable tight end and receiver, Gabriel caught passes in every game he played for eight seasons. he missed only two games over the course of his eleven-year career...


despite his remarkable CfL record, Gabriel wasn't an instant success on the field. he didn't make his high school football team until his third year, and even then it took two seasons for him to experience the simple joy of winning a game.

Gabriel was encouraged to play for a local junior team, the burlington braves, and it was here that the football world took notice of his burgeoning talent. after a successful season, Gabriel was offered a football scholarship at the University of syracuse. he soon became one of their star players, breaking all the school's major receiving records and setting an nCaa record by scoring two touchdowns in just two minutes. after graduating in 1971, Gabriel turned down an offer from the new york Giants in favour of returning to Canada to play with the hamilton tiger Cats.

Gabriel played for hamilton from 1971 to 1974, helping the ticats secure a Grey Cup victory in 1972 by catching three last-minute passes to set up the winning field goal. he joined the ottawa rough riders in 1975 and once again played a pivotal role in his team's Grey Cup triumph by catching the winning touchdown pass to give ottawa a 23-20 victory over saskatchewan in the 1976 finals. Gabriel remained with the rough riders until his retirement in 1981.

Gabriel caught for 1,000 yards five times and set a pro record of 138 consecutive games in which he successfully caught at least one pass. he was named an eastern Conference all-star in all but his rookie year and was a Canadian all-star on eight occasions. he won the schenley award

as the outstanding Canadian player four times, and in 1978 he was elected the outstanding player in the CfL. that same year, he won the coveted Jeff russel memorial trophy as the outstanding player in the eastern Conference. in 1985, his first year of eligibility, Gabriel was inducted into the Canadian football hall of fame, as well as, the Canada's sports hall of fame. he is presently a Vice-president and investment advisor at CibC Wood Gundy.

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Troy Westwood Troy Westwood was born March 21, 1967 and is a proud Manitoban. Troy played for his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers for 18 seasons (1991-2007, 2009) as both a place kicker and punter. Troy was drafted 48th overall by the Blue Bombers in the 1991 CFL draft and upon the end of his career held over ...


30 club records including most points scored in a career with 2748. Troy is 5th all-time in CFL scoring, played the 2nd most consecutive games in CFL history at 279, and holds the highest playoff field goal percentage in CFL history (minimum 20 attempts) at 88.5% (46/52).

Troy Westwood may well be best known for a statement he made prior to a game in 2003 to the fans of the Saskatchewan Roughriders in which he “apologized” to the province for calling them “Banjo pickin” inbreds” before the Labour Day Classic. "I had referred to the people of Saskatchewan as a bunch of banjo-picking inbreds," said Westwood as the media hovered. "I was wrong to make such a statement, and I'd like to apologize. The vast majority of the people in Saskatchewan have no idea how to play the banjo." At the time this set off some fireworks until the good natured ribbing of it came to be understood. Troy’s mom and her family were all from Saskatchewan, and Troy grew up with a lot of fun jabs come Labour Day games. In the end the fun quip helped to secure the Blue Bombers a home and home date with the Roughriders which has been sold out for years and a game we have all come to know as the Banjo Bowl.

Troy has taken part in or competed in a great number of sports including being drafted by the Winnipeg Fury for soccer prior to his football career. Troy also raced street division stock cars for a number of years at Winnipeg Speedway, and also has a professional boxing match on his resume, which he lost in a unanimous decision. Troy took part in the show Wipeout Canada in 2011, and completed the Spartan Race in 2015. Troy still enjoys playing senior men’s soccer and hockey in a few leagues in Winnipeg.

Troy worked front line social services for approximately 7 years in Winnipeg for a family reunification program in the city during and after his time with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Troy also was a co-host on QX104 FM in Winnipeg for 2 years. For the last 5 years Troy has been a co-host on TSN1290’s The Big Show, the morning show for the sports talk radio station in Winnipeg.

Troy is also a multi award winning singer/songwriter including one Juno win and three additional nominations as a part of the band Eagle and Hawk, and as the solo artist Little Hawk.

Troy is a father to two sons Takeo 12 and Trey 7.

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Wes Cates carried the ball for six years as a professional running back in the Canadian Football League. Wes was born in October of 1979 in Columbus, Ohio and graduated...

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Will Johnson began his professional football career as the 5th round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1987. He moved into the CFL in 1989 with the Calgary Stampeders where he played until 1996 and became the ...


Stampeders all time quarter back sack leader with a total of 99 sacks. Will was a CFL All-Star 6 years in a row from 1990 through 1995 and a CFL All-Canadian for 5 years from 1991 through 1995. He was also named the 1992 Western Player of the year and was runner up to the Shinnley Award for best defensive player in the CFL. Will was honored to be inducted into the Calgary Stampeders wall of fame in 2010.

Will now finds himself a member of a new team, The Calgary Police Service, where he is in his 14th year. He also remains involved with the Stampeders as a part of events in various Alberta communities and continues to love the game of football and share his passion for it, coaching football with the Calgary minor football league for ten years.

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