TSN Top 50 CFL Players

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The TSN Top 50 CFL Players was a list of the greatest fifty Canadian Football League players, as selected by a panel of sixty former CFL players, then-current and former coaches, executives, and media members in 2006. The panel was assembled by sports television network TSN in partnership with the CFL. The results were announced as part of the 2006 Grey Cup festivities in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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The Top 50

The panel voted on a list of 185 players, including 119 named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame on the basis of performance since 1945, and 66 others identified during a three-month research process. Brothers Doug Flutie and Darren Flutie bookended the top 50, while Damon Allen (professional gridiron football's all-time leading passer at the time; his record was surpassed on October 10, 2011 by Anthony Calvillo, who did not make the list), Milt Stegall (the CFL's all-time leader in touchdown receptions), Terry Vaughn (the CFL's all-time leader in receptions at the time; his record was beaten by Ben Cahoon in October 2010), and Joe Montford (perennial all-star defensive end), were still active when named to the list.

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Warren Moon
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Hal Patterson
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Grover Covington
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Lui Passaglia and Damon Allen with the Grey Cup
Note: Canadian players
RankNamePosition(s)Years in CFL [lower-alpha 1] GP [lower-alpha 2] Team(s)
1. Doug Flutie QB 1990–1997136 BC, Calgary, Toronto
2. George Reed RB 1963–1975203 Saskatchewan
3. Jackie Parker QB, RB, DB, K 1954–1968173 Edmonton, Toronto, BC
4. Mike Pringle RB 1992–2004188 Sacramento, Baltimore, Montreal, Edmonton
5. Warren Moon QB 1978–198394 Edmonton
6. Garney Henley DB, WR 1960–1975216 Hamilton
7. Ron Lancaster QB 1960–1978288 Ottawa, Saskatchewan
8. Russ Jackson QB 1958–1969167 Ottawa
9. Wayne Harris LB 1961–1972132 Calgary
10. Allen Pitts SB 1990–2000176 Calgary
11. Dan Kepley LB 1975–1984138 Edmonton
12. John Helton DL 1969–1982219 Calgary, Winnipeg
13. Hal Patterson WR 1954–196780 [lower-alpha 3] Montreal, Hamilton
14. Damon Allen QB 1985–2007350 [lower-alpha 4] Edmonton, Ottawa, Hamilton, Memphis, BC, Toronto
15. Milt Stegall SB 1995–2008163 [lower-alpha 4] Winnipeg
16. Willie Pless LB 1986–1999229 Toronto, BC, Edmonton, Saskatchewan
17. John Barrow OL, DL 1957–1970192 Hamilton
18. Tony Gabriel WR 1971–1981168 Hamilton, Ottawa
19. Johnny Bright FB, LB 1952–1964157 Calgary, Edmonton
20. Brian Kelly WR 1979–1987137 Edmonton
21. James Parker DE, LB 1980–1991161 Edmonton, BC, Toronto
22. Chris Walby OL 1981–1996254 Montreal, Winnipeg
23. Less Browne DB 1984–1994174 Hamilton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, BC
24. Dave Fennell DL 1974–1983154 Edmonton
25. Gizmo Williams KR, WR 1986–2000200 Edmonton
26. Sam Etcheverry QB 1952–1960122 Montreal
27. Tommy Joe Coffey WR, K 1959–1973197 Hamilton, Edmonton, Toronto
28. Grover Covington DE 1981–1991168 Hamilton
29. Leo Lewis RB 1955–1966161 Winnipeg
30. Lui Passaglia K, P, WR 1976–2000408 BC
31. Pinball Clemons RB, KR 1989–2000185 Toronto
32. Roger Aldag OL 1976–1992271 Saskatchewan
33. Dickie Harris DB 1972–1982134 Montreal
34. Normie Kwong FB 1948–1960157 Calgary, Edmonton
35. Marv Luster DB 1961–1974183 Montreal, Toronto
36. Ray Elgaard SB 1983–1996220 Saskatchewan
37. Angelo Mosca DL 1958–1972160 Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal
38. Larry Highbaugh DB 1971–1983195 BC, Edmonton
39. Matt Dunigan QB 1983–1996194 Edmonton, BC, Toronto, Winnipeg, Birmingham, Hamilton
40. Joe Montford DE 1995–2006185 Shreveport, Hamilton, Toronto, Edmonton
41. Kaye Vaughan OL 1953–1964166 Ottawa
42. Mervyn Fernandez WR 1982–199483 BC
43. Bill Baker DE 1968–1978174 Saskatchewan, BC
44. Dan Bass LB 1980–1991197 Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton
45. Terry Vaughn SB 1995–2006203 Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Hamilton
46. Joe Krol QB 1945–195592 Toronto
47. Tom Clements QB 1975–1987182 Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Hamilton, Winnipeg
48. Rollie Miles RB, LB, DB, KR, P 1951–1961122 Edmonton
49. Bill Frank OL 1962–1976184 BC, Toronto, Winnipeg
50. Darren Flutie WR 1991–2002193 BC, Edmonton, Hamilton

The Honour Roll

The remaining players were named to an honour roll.

Notes

  1. First year played in CFL to last year played in CFL. Any intervening years in which a player did not play in the CFL are not listed.
  2. Number of CFL games played
  3. Incomplete information
  4. 1 2 As of the end of the 2006 CFL season

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