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Allen Pitts is widely considered as the greatest receiver in CFL history. Roy Shivers signed the enigmatic California native to play with Calgary in 1990. Allen broke and set numerous records. In 1994 he had 2,036 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns, the best of his many spectacular seasons. A temperamental private individual off the field; Allen always brought his best when the game was on. An incredible talent and a fantastic career. Read more about Allen


Doug Flutie spent the majority of his time in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders. He was at the centre of one of the most dominant offensive attacks in CFL history. Flutie joined the Stampeders as a free agent from B.C. over his four seasons with Calgary from 1992-95 he won 3 Most Outstanding Player awards. He led the team to two Grey Cups winning in 1992 over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Toronto's Skydome. Under Wally Buono and with renowned talents such as Allen Pitts and Dave Sapunjis His statistics were incredible he threw for over 6,000 yards passing in 1993 and a league record 48 touchdowns in 1994. While some contend he should have led the team to more championships during his stay; no one can argue the dominance of Doug Flutie as a Stampeder quarterback. Read more about Doug with the Calgary Stampeders here...


Coach and GM Wally Buono recruited a receiver out of little known Hastings college prior to the 2000 season. The receiver was Marc Boerigter and in a shrewd move Buono signed the unknown talent to a 2 year contract plus a club option. Boerigter proved to be an incredible find, the Nebraska native had 63 catches for 1,032 yards and 8 touchdowns in his rookie season. The NFL definitely took notice but Boerigter honoured his contract and returned to the Stampeders in 2001. He enjoyed another outstanding season capped with a TD reception in the Stampeders Grey Cup victory over Winnipeg. Marc he went on to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2002 season. After 5 years in the NFL, Marc re-signed with Calgary in November 2006 for the '07 season. Read more about Marc here...


John Helton was an incredible athletic talent. The imposing Defensive End joined the Stampeders in 1969 from Arizona State University. Helton would go on to dominate the Western Division as a perennial all-star over his 14 seasons in the league. Helton would capture the Grey Cup with the team in the club's surprise 1971 victory over the Toronto Argonauts. He was named the leagues Most Outstanding Lineman in 1972 and the Leagues Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 1974. In an era when individual statistics for defensive players were not widely recorded Helton was commonly held as the finest defensive player in the game. While he did spend the final 4 seasons of his career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; John Helton will always be remembered as a Calgary Stampeder. Read more about John.


Alondra Johnson spent 13 of his 16 seasons in the CFL as the heart & soul of the Calgary Stampeder defence. He signed with Calgary in 1991 as a free agent after 2 years with the B.C. Lions and immediately brought a strong work ethic and fearless attitude to the linebacker position. With Calgary, Alondra was a key contributor to 3 Grey Cup championships in: 1992, 1998 and 2002. In 1998 Johnson was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the Western division. Alondra left the Stampeders in 2003 and retired after spending the 2004 season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders 2nd all-time behind Wille Pless in career tackles with 1,178 in 248 career games . A.J. #51 for Calgary set an incredible example for his teammates and left an indelible mark as one of the greatest defensive players in Calgary Stampeder franchise history. Read more about Alondra here...


Erik Kramer had a successful 10 season career in the NFL. What many football fans don't realize is that Erik spent parts of two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. Kramer started his career as a replacement player with the Atlanta Falcons in 1987 as a free agent out of North Carolina State University. After his release Kramer signed with the Calgary Stampeders in September 1988 and saw action in 5 games with Calgary. Kramer injured his knee in training camp in 1989 and missed the season. He moved on to the NFL and signed with Detroit in 1990. Read more about Erik here...


John Hufnagel was named the new head coach of the Calgary Stampeders for the 2008 season. As part of his 12 seasons in the CFL John spent the first 4 with Calgary at quarterback from 1976-79. The Penn State product would go on to play with Saskatchewan and Winnipeg before retiring as a player in 1987. Hufnagel would then spend 7 season as the Stampeders Offensive Coordinator coaching stars such as Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia. John left the CFL in 1996 and had success in the NFL as an offensive coach with a number of teams John returned to Calgary as head coach and General Manager in 2008 leading the team to a Grey Cup championship. A brilliant football mind - read more about John Hufnagel the player here...


 

 

Willie Burden was an exceptional running back for the Stampeders in the late 1970's and early 80's. Before Mike Pringle it was Burden who held the single season rushing record for 19 years. Burden rushed for 1,896 yards in 1975 in only 16 games as he went on to win the Most Outstanding Player award that year. Burden spent 8 hall-of-fame seasons with Calgary and was the lone bright spot on a number of struggling teams. Read more about Willie here...


Jeff Garcia has gone on to have tremendous success in the NFL. Jeff joined Calgary in 1995 and was an instant hit that year replacing an injured Doug Flutie in the Labour Day Classic. Garcia went on to start for Calgary in 1996 and proved a quick study in the Canadian game. Quick feet a strong arm and clear determination Garcia continued the decade of excellence for Calgary culminating in the Grey Cup championship in 1998 over the Hamilton Tiger Cats on a last second field goal. It would be his final game in the CFL. Jeff Garcia always credits the Calgary Stampeders for giving him his chance in professional football. Read more about Jeff  here...


Dave Sapunjis spent 7 season with the Calgary Stampeders. Over that time the Toronto native established himself as one of the greatest Canadian football raised receivers. The University of Western product holds a number of individual receiving records for non-import players. Although his career was just 7 years he played in 3 Grey Cups capturing top Canadian honours each time. A Canadian champion Sapunjis to this day is part of the club's ownership group. Read more about Dave here...


Kelvin Anderson (seen here with his 1996 Rookie of the Year award) was the model of consistency over his 8 seasons in the Canadian Football League. The Indiana native joined Calgary in 1996 and was the league's top rookie. In 1998, he was named the West Division's Most Outstanding Player. A key part of Grey Cup championships in 1998 and 2002, Kelvin rarely missed a game and always managed to end the year with over 1,000 yards rushing. 8 straight seasons as a league record. Kelvin spent his final season in 2003 with Wally Buono in B.C. but he will always be remembered as a true Stampeder legend. Read more about Kelvin here...


 

 

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