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Jon Cornish #9

Kansas - 2007-15 - Running Back

Jon Cornish can stake claim as the greatest Canadian running back in league history. He holds the record for most rushing yards by a Canadian back with 1,813 yards in 2013 a year in which he was named the leagues Most Outstanding Player and the top athlete in the country. Cornish was an unbelievable mix of power and speed and he dominated the game like few others. Concussions impacted his later career but when on the field he was unstoppable. The New Westminster BC native came to the CFL in 2007 after a standout collegiate career at Kansas. After apprenticing under Joffrey Reynolds he assumed the starting duties in 2011 and never looked back. A superstar for the league he also was great in the community pushing for equality and human rights. Cornish won the Leagues Top Canadian 3-years in a row and won Grey Cups in 2008 & 2014.


Brandon Browner - Oregon State - 2007-10 - Cornerback


Joffrey Reynolds #21

Houston - 2004-11 - Running Back

Joffrey Reynolds was as consistent and dominant as a power running back in the CFL as anyone in league history. Over his 8 seasons in Calgary he led the league in rushing 4 times with a career high 1,541 in 2006. Reynolds teamed with Henry Burris and Nik Lewis as the core of one of the most potent offensive attacks in the league. The quiet Houston native was always prepared and exhibited professionalism.


Jeremaine Copeland - Tennessee - 2005-09 - Wide Receiver

Marcus Crandell - East Carolina - 2001-04 - Quarterback

Marc Boerigter - Hastings College - 2000-01, 07 - Wide Receiver

Joe Fleming - New Hamshire - 2000-04 - Defensive End

Mike McCoy - Utah - 1999 - Quarterback


Henry Burris #1

Temple - 1998-09, 2005-11 - Quarterback

Henry Burris arrived in Calgary in 1997 the last in a string of incredibly talented quarterbacks from Flutie -> Garcia -> Dickinson. He would evolve like the other 3 with a stop in the NFL but return to Calgary in 2005 as a much heralded acquisition away from Saskatchewan. He helped rebuild the Stampeder brand after the forgettable ownership of Michael Feterik as the club became the model for stability and success. With Calgary he was a Grey Cup champion in 2009 and Most Outstanding Player in 2010. A polarizing figure with 4 franchises he had his longest stay and greatest success with Calgary.


Dave Dickenson - Montana - 1997-00, 08 - Quarterback

Kelvin Anderson - Southeast Missouri State - 1996-03 - Running Back

Travis Moore - Ball State - 1994, 96-02 - Wide Receiver


Jeff Garcia #7

San Jose State - 1994-98 - Quarterback

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.


Vince Danielsen - UBC - 1994-01 - Receiver

Marvin Coleman - Ohio Central - 1994-00 - Defensive Back/Returner

Doug Flutie - Boston College - 1992-95 - Quarterback

Duane Forde - Western - 1991-92, 96-99 - Fullback


Dave Sapunjis #25

Western - 1990-96 - Slotback

Dave 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.


Allen Pitts #18

Cal State Fullerton - 1990-01 -Slotback

 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.


Demetrius 'Pee Wee' Smith - Miami - 1990-95 - Receiver/Returner

Alondra Johnson - West Texas A&M - 1989-03 - Linebacker

Erik Kramer - North Carolina State - 1988-89 - Quarterback


Mark McLoughlin #13

North Dakota - 1988-03 - Kicker

Mark McLoughlin had a tremendous career as a kicker for the Calgary Stampeders. The Engand born and Manitoba raised kicker spent 16 years with the Stampeders kicking field goals. He won 3 Grey Cups with Calgary, the highlight being the winning field goal on the final play to win the 1998 Grey Cup over Hamilton.


Rick Johnson - Southern Illinois - 1985-88 - Quarterback

Greg Vavra - University of Calgary - 1984-85 - Quarterback


Stu Laird #75

Calgary - 1984-96 - Defensive Tackle

Stu Laird was a dominating presence on the Stampeder defensive line for 13 seasons. The Assiniboa Saskatchewan native joined the Stampeders as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Calgary. He would see the club rise from the lows of the mid 1980's to the dominant team in the 1990's. A terrific ambassador in the community he also enjoyed a long tenure as the head of the league's players associated after his retirement as a player.


Danny Barrett - Cincinnati - 1983-85, 89-91, 96 - Quarterback

Richie Hall - Colorado State - 1983-87 - Defensive Back

James Sykes - Rice - 1978-83 - Running Back


John Hufnagel #16

Penn State - 1976-79 - Quarterback

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.


Joe Pisarcik - New Mexico State  - 1974-76 - Quarterback

Willie Burden - North Carolina State - 1974-81- Running Back

Tom Forzani - Utah State - 1973-83 - Receiver

John Helton -  Arizona State - 1969-79 - Defensive End


Peter Liske #14

Penn State - 1966-68, 73-74 - Quarterback

Peter Liske could throw the football. In 1967 He passed for 4,479 yards and an incredible 40 touchdowns for the Stampeders. He was the League's Most Outstanding Player with one of the greatest seasons in League history. After the 1968 season he would spend 4 seasons in the NFL before returning to the Stampeders in 1973. A true gunslinger who ushered in the era of the passing quarterback Peter Liske is a Stampeder legend.


Terry Evanshen -  Utah State - 1966-69 - Wide Receiver

Herm Harrison - Arizona State - 1964-72 - Tight End

Jerry Keeling -  Tulsa - 1961-72 - Quarterback


Wayne Harris #55

University of Arkansas - 1961-72 - Linebacker

Wayne Harris is one of the most decorated linebackers in CFL history. Known as “The Thumper”, Harris played his entire career with the Calgary Stampeders. He is a four-time winner of the Schenley Most Outstanding Lineman Award (1965, 1966, 1970, 1971) and a two-time nominee for the league’s Most Outstanding Player Award. Harris was an eight-time CFL All-Star (1962, 1964-68, 1970-71) and was named Calgary Athlete of the Year in 1967. Harris won the Grey Cup with Calgary in 1971. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1976.


Lovell Coleman -  Western Michigan - 1960-68 - Running Back

Earl Lunsford -  Oklahoma State - 1956, 59-63 - Running Back


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Kelvin Anderson 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.


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 Skydome.


Danny Barrett had a circuitous route with the Calgary Stampedes. He first was with Calgary and spent time as a receiver in 1983. When he returned to the club in 1989 he was a bona-fide star and led the Stampeders to the 1991 Gray Cup. A great quarterback and a great Stampeder.


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

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