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September 16, 2008

2008 Hall of Fame Inductee: Mike Pringle

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Playing Career
Edmonton Eskimos: 1992, 2003-2004
Sacramento Gold Miners: 1993
Baltimore Stallions: 1994–1995
Montreal Alouettes: 1996–2002

Awards and Honours
CFL Most Outstanding Player: 1995, 1998
Terry Evanshen Trophy: 1994, 1995, 2000
CFL All-Star: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003
Southern Division All-Star: 1994, 1995
East Division All-Star: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
West Division All-Star: 2003
Grey Cup Participation: 1994, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003
Grey Cup Wins: 1995, 2002, 2003

Mike Pringle was born on October 1, 1967 in Los Angeles, California and played his college football at California State University, Fullerton. He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1990 NFL Draft. After spending most of that season on the practice roster, Pringle signed with the Edmonton Eskimos for the 1992 season. He was released by the Eskimos and spent the remainder of the season with the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football. In 1993, Pringle switched leagues to play with the CFL’s Sacramento Gold Miners for one season before being traded to the Baltimore Stallions.

On the strong powerful legs of Pringle, the Baltimore Stallions made two straight appearances in the Grey Cup, taking the famous “Wind Bowl” over the Calgary Stampeders in 1995. The Denver Broncos signed Pringle to a free agent contract for the 1996 NFL season. After being a late cut from training camp, he joined the relocated Baltimore franchise in Montreal late in the season. Pringle’s 1998 season stands out as one of the greatest CFL seasons an offensive player ever had, when he had 2,065 rushing yards. The Alouettes would get to the Grey Cup in 2000 and 2002, winning over the Edmonton Eskimos in 2002. Pringle left the Alouettes after the 2002 season and once again signed with the Edmonton Eskimos where he helped them reach and win the Grey Cup in 2003.

Pringle established new CFL records for career rushing yardage (16,425) and tied the all-time touchdown mark at the time with 137. After the 2004 season, Pringle announced his retirement. Mike Pringle currently lives with his wife Makenya, son Isaiah, and daughter Jordan in Tucker, Georgia.