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.
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.
|Note: Canadian players|
|Rank||Name||Position(s)||Years in CFL||GP||Team(s)|
|1.||Doug Flutie||QB||1990–1997||136||BC, Calgary, Toronto|
|3.||Jackie Parker||QB, RB, DB, K||1954–1968||173||Edmonton, Toronto, BC|
|4.||Mike Pringle||RB||1992–2004||188||Sacramento, Baltimore, Montreal, Edmonton|
|6.||Garney Henley||DB, WR||1960–1975||216||Hamilton|
|7.||Ron Lancaster||QB||1960–1978||288||Ottawa, Saskatchewan|
|12.||John Helton||DL||1969–1982||219||Calgary, Winnipeg|
|13.||Hal Patterson||WR||1954–1967||80||Montreal, Hamilton|
|14.||Damon Allen||QB||1985–2007||350||Edmonton, Ottawa, Hamilton, Memphis, BC, Toronto|
|16.||Willie Pless||LB||1986–1999||229||Toronto, BC, Edmonton, Saskatchewan|
|17.||John Barrow||OL, DL||1957–1970||192||Hamilton|
|18.||Tony Gabriel||WR||1971–1981||168||Hamilton, Ottawa|
|19.||Johnny Bright||FB, LB||1952–1964||157||Calgary, Edmonton|
|21.||James Parker||DE, LB||1980–1991||161||Edmonton, BC, Toronto|
|22.||Chris Walby||OL||1981–1996||254||Montreal, Winnipeg|
|23.||Less Browne||DB||1984–1994||174||Hamilton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, BC|
|25.||Gizmo Williams||KR, WR||1986–2000||200||Edmonton|
|27.||Tommy Joe Coffey||WR, K||1959–1973||197||Hamilton, Edmonton, Toronto|
|30.||Lui Passaglia||K, P, WR||1976–2000||408||BC|
|31.||Pinball Clemons||RB, KR||1989–2000||185||Toronto|
|34.||Normie Kwong||FB||1948–1960||157||Calgary, Edmonton|
|35.||Marv Luster||DB||1961–1974||183||Montreal, Toronto|
|37.||Angelo Mosca||DL||1958–1972||160||Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal|
|38.||Larry Highbaugh||DB||1971–1983||195||BC, Edmonton|
|39.||Matt Dunigan||QB||1983–1996||194||Edmonton, BC, Toronto, Winnipeg, Birmingham, Hamilton|
|40.||Joe Montford||DE||1995–2006||185||Shreveport, Hamilton, Toronto, Edmonton|
|43.||Bill Baker||DE||1968–1978||174||Saskatchewan, BC|
|44.||Dan Bass||LB||1980–1991||197||Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton|
|45.||Terry Vaughn||SB||1995–2006||203||Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Hamilton|
|47.||Tom Clements||QB||1975–1987||182||Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Hamilton, Winnipeg|
|48.||Rollie Miles||RB, LB, DB, KR, P||1951–1961||122||Edmonton|
|49.||Bill Frank||OL||1962–1976||184||BC, Toronto, Winnipeg|
|50.||Darren Flutie||WR||1991–2002||193||BC, Edmonton, Hamilton|
The remaining players were named to an honour roll.
Douglas Richard Flutie is an American former quarterback in the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), and United States Football League (USFL).
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Lui Passaglia is a former professional Canadian football player. Passaglia was the placekicker/punter for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League for a record-breaking 25 years (1976–2000) and scored more points in that time than any professional gridiron football player in history. He is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and the BC Lions Wall of Fame. Passaglia's #5 jersey is one of nine numbers retired by the Lions. In 2003, Passaglia was voted a member of the BC Lions All-Time Dream Team as part of the club's 50 year anniversary celebration. In 2006, Passaglia was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#30) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.
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