TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) is proud to congratulate some if its’ very finest on news they are to be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum (CFHOF).
“From David Braley, second to none among builders of our league, to Milt Stegall, our all-time touchdown leader, to Damon Allen, one of our most celebrated quarterbacks, this is a stellar class indeed,” said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the CFL.
“On behalf of our Board of Governors, our teams and our fans across Canada, I want to congratulate every member of it on achieving one of the highest honours possible in our game.”
The class was announced today on TSN during its broadcast of the CFL game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes.
Jack Abendschan (Player), who played offensive line and was the place kicker for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1965 to 1975, was a CFL All Star five times, played in four Grey Cup games, and was a member of Saskatchewan’s first Grey Cup championship team, in 1966.
Damon Allen (Player), who played in the CFL for an amazing 23 years, won four Grey Cups, and holds several CFL records including All-Time Rushing Yards by a Quarterback (11,920). He was Pro-Football’s All-Time Passing Leader, with 72,381 yards, until that mark was surpassed last weekend by Anthony Calvillo.
Harvey (Tyrone) Jones (Player), who will be inducted posthumously after passing a way in June, and was known as one of the best linebackers in CFL history, winning two Grey Cups and holding the Winnipeg Blue Bomber record for Most Sacks in a career with 98.
Eric Lapointe (Player), a former CFL player with Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal, who is being inducted because of his university football career with the Mount Allison Mounties, which established him as one of the greatest CIAU running backs of all-time, and a two-time winner of the Hec Crighton Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player in the CIAU.
Milton (Milt) Stegall (Player), who revolutionized the slotback position in the CFL and was a CFL all-star six times including in 2002, when he rewrote the single season record book for receivers and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player. He holds several Winnipeg Blue Bomber and CFL records, including Most Touchdowns, Career (147).
David Braley (Builder), a Hamilton entrepreneur and philanthrophist who has owned three CFL teams – the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, British Columbia Lions and Toronto Argonauts – over a 20 year period, has served as chair of the CFL’s Board of Governors, and stepped in as the league’s interim Commissioner from March 2002 to November 2002.
Peter Connellan (Builder), one the most successful coaches ever at the University of Calgary and in Canadian Interuniversity Sports. He never coached a team with a losing record, led his team to eight Canada West Championships and four Vanier Cup Championships.