CALGARY — Joffrey Reynolds became the Calgary Stampeders’ all-time leader in rushing yards during Friday’s game against the Edmonton Eskimos.
The 30-year-old from Tyler, Tex., came into Friday’s game 50 yards back of Kelvin Anderson, who ran for 8,292 yards during his seven-year Stampeders career (1996-2002).
Reynolds joined the Stampeders during the 2004 season and is currently in his sixth full season with the football club. The University of Houston product has climbed to the top position on the Red and White’s all-time rushing list quickly — he vaulted over Willie Burden, Lovell Coleman and Earl Lunsford during the 2009 season to move from fifth place to second and now he has surpassed Anderson for top spot.
With Henry Burris having become the Stamps’ all-time leader in passing during the 2009 season, this marks the first time the Calgary roster has simultaneously featured the franchise’s top all-time rusher and passer since 1950 when Paul Rowe (rushing) and Keith Spaith (passing) played together.
Reynolds led the CFL with 1,504 yards in 2009 to win his second consecutive league rushing title. He joined Coleman (1963-64) and James Sykes (1980-81) as the only Stampeders to win back-to-back rushing crowns.
In Week 1 of the 2010 season, Reynolds moved past Lunsford and alone into first place on the franchise’s all-time list with his 29th career 100-yard rushing performance.
Some of Reynolds’ other notable achievements include:
He won the Eddie James Memorial Trophy as the West Division’s leading rusher in 2006, 2008 and 2009
He was a CFL all-star in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009
He was a West Division all-star in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
The CFL Players’ Association voted him all-star running back in 2006 and 2009
Ranks third on Calgary’s all-time rushing touchdown list with 42
Lunsford, Anderson and Reynolds are the only Calgary backs to post five 1,000-yard rushing seasons and Reynolds and Anderson are the only two to do so in consecutive seasons