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Henry "Gizmo" Williams spent 14 seasons with the Green & Gold. Without a doubt the greatest return man in the history of the Canadian Football League, Williams holds numerous records that may never be broken. Over his incredible career he had a spectacular 26 punt return touchdowns. He won the Grey Cup with Edmonton in 1987 and 1993. In the '87 game he returned a missed field goal 115 yards for one of the greatest touchdowns in league history. A remarkable athlete and role model in the community 'Gizmo' is truly one of the all-time legends of Canadian Football. Read more about Henry here...


Danny Kepley epitomized the Eskimo defense during the teams unprecedented championship run in the late 1970's and early 1980's. His tough, determined and relentless demeanor had a big impact on the entire team. Dan was the anchor of the formidable Alberta Crude defence, he poured his heart into the Green & Gold for 10 seasons. A lasting figure in the history of Eskimo football; Kepley continues his legacy with the club to this today as a defensive coach. Read more about Dan and his break-neck style by Ron Cheribini of East Carolina University here...


Willie Pless joined the Edmonton Eskimos in 1991 from the B.C.Lions, he had already established himself as an All-star in the league first with Toronto having been named the leagues top rookie in 1986 and then with the Lions. It was with Edmonton however, where Willie had his greatest success. The face of the Eskimo defence for 8 seasons Willie was a perennial All-Star, he captured the leagues top defensive honours a record 5 times. He lead the defence in Edmonton to Grey Cup appearances in 1994 and 1996 capturing the trophy in 1994. When Willie retired in 2002 after a season with Saskatchewan he finished as the leagues all-time leading tackler. The Kansas Jayhawk product was a superstar. Willie's motor never stopped and his agility, speed and tackling prowess have cemented his status as one of the all-time greats to play Canadian Football. Willie was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Read more about Willie here...


Larry Highbaugh is considered one of the greatest defensive backs ever to play in the Canadian Football League. His speed on the field was unmatched and his abilities as a kick returner helped re-shape the strategy of special teams in the game. The Indiana native spent 11 seasons with the Eskimos joining the team in 1972 from the B.C.Lions. A threat on both sides of the ball Larry was at the core of the Eskimo dynasty and the "5 in a row" championship teams. With his epic battles with Johnny Rodgers of the Montreal Alouettes and flare for the dramatic Highbaugh was one of the leagues top stars in the 1970's. He stands second in league history in interceptions with 66. Read more about Larry here...


Brian Kelly set numerous receiving records over his lengthy career with Edmonton. The Washington State product was the primary receiver for the Eskimos dynasty. Fearless over the middle with the knack for the big catch at the right time Kelly endeared himself to a generation of Eskimo fans. Brian known as "howdy doody" for his youthful appearance was as sure-handed and as clutch a performer as any other receiver in CFL history. He left the game as the all-time receiving yardage leader in league history. While his totals have since been eclipsed, the memory of Brian Kelly making catches over the middle lives. Read more about Brian here...


Before Dave Ridgway and Lui Passaglia had made their mark Ė Dave Cutler set the standard as the greatest kicker in CFL history. Montrealís Don Sweet was a definite rival but the longevity and success of Cutler was unmatched from 1969 to 1984. Dave Cutler grew up in Biggar, Saskatchewan and attended Simon Fraser University. Dave joined the Eskimos in 1969 out of college and was a major part of the teamís progression into a powerhouse in the mid to late 1970ís and into the 1980ís. Dave won the Grey Cup with Edmonton 6 times and was a 2-time All-Canadian. He is a member of the Eskimo Wall of Honour and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Read more about Dave here...


Tom Wilkinson has been a fixture in Edmonton for over 30 years. He arrived in Canada in 1967 from Wyoming first with the Toronto Argonauts. After spending time with Toronto and then B.C. Tom found a home with the Eskimos for 10 seasons. Not the flashiest of quarterbacks, Wilkinson was the consummate thinking mans quarterback. Tom established himself with Edmonton capturing the leagues Most Outstanding Player Award in 1974. He would lead Edmonton to 5 Grey Cup Championships and also mentor the next great Eskimo quarterback in Warren Moon. Wilkinson retired in 1981 and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Since retiring from pro football Tom has entrenched himself in Edmonton and lives there to this day.  Read more about Tom here...


 

 

 

 

 

Any look at all-time Eskimos must include Warren Moon. The exploits of Moon in professional football are unrivaled. Moon started his professional career with Edmonton from the University of Washington. Having been overlooked in the NFL draft as a quarterback, Moon came to Edmonton. He learned behind starter Tom Wilkinson on the greatest dynasty in Canadian Football History. Warren spent 6 seasons in the CFL and won the Grey Cup a remarkable 5 times.  He captured the league Most Outstanding Player award in his final season in 1983. Read more about Warren courtesy the Eskimo Alumni Association here...


Damon Allen won two Grey Cups with Edmonton in two seperate stays with the club. Allen entered the league in 1985 with Edmonton. He spent 3 seasons backing up Matt Dunigan. In the 1987 Grey Cup Allen came off the bench to lead Edmonton to a 38-36 Grey Cup victory over Toronto. Allen returned to the Eskimos in 1993 and went on the lead the team to a 33-23 Grey Cup Championship over Winnipeg. A true big-game performer Damon was a major part of Eskimo Grey Cup history. Read more about Damon with the Eskimos here...


Neil Lumsden spent 10 seasons in the CFL. 6 of those years were with the Edmonton Eskimos. Acquired in a trade with Hamilton for Bruce Lemmerman in 1980, Lumsden was a valuable part of the Eskimo dynasty and went on to win 3 Grey Cups. Neil was named the Most Outstanding Canadian in the 1981 victory over Ottawa. The durable fullback retired after the 1985 season and has gone on to a successful broadcasting career. Read more about Neil here...


For a team to win 5 championships in a row there has to be incredible balance. The five in a row Edmonton Eskimos from 1977-1982 were exceptional in all facets of Canadian Football. Over his 7 seasons Running Back Jim Germany supplied exceptional ability as the teams #1 running back for the teams dynasty run. read more about Jim here...


 

 

 

 

 

 

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