CALGARY – On a 7-yard touchdown pass to Onrea Jones, Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris became just the fifth player in CFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards in a career.
Burris, who entered the 2013 season with 46,602 yards, has been on a torrid pace this season and sits behind Ron Lancaster for fourth all time in CFL passing.
He joins Anthony Calvillo, Damon Allen, Danny McManus and Ron Lancaster as the only members of the CFL's 50,000 passing yards club.
However, the milestone was overshadowed by Hamilton's loss to the Stampeders on Friday night.
"We're all about winning,'' said Burris, who completed 26-of-39 passes for 408 yards to go with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
"That's something that at the end of the day I'll look back and be thankful on, but right now it means nothing. Of course if we got a victory, we would have been thinking opposite about that.''
After the game, Hamilton running back C.J. Gable said he was disappointed the Ticats couldn't do more to get the win for Burris to make it even more of a special occasion.
"We wanted that bad for him,'' said Gable, who ran for 53 yards on nine carries and added 108 yards through the air on six catches. "For all that, we should have come away with the win. We thought we should have had the win.''
A veteran of 15 CFL seasons, Burris spent 10 years in Calgary (1997-99, 2005-11), three in Saskatchewan (2000, 2003-04) and the last two in Hamilton. He has thrown for 32,191 yards as a Stampeder, 9,044 yards as a Roughrider and, entering tonight, 8,548 yards as a Tiger-Cat.
Burris is currently on pace to eclipse his career-high and set a new team record with 5,872 yards after throwing for 3,589 in 11 games this season.
Here is a look at the top 10 passers in CFL history:
1) Anthony Calvillo – 79,816*
2) Damon Allen – 72,381
3) Danny McManunus – 53,255
4) Ron Lancaster – 50,353
5) Henry Burris - 50,190*
6) Ricky Ray – 46,412*
7) Matt Dunigan – 43,857
8) Doug Flutie – 41,355
9) Tracy Ham – 40,534
10) Tom Clements – 39,041
* Denotes still active players
- With files from The Canadian Press