Terry Vaughn - Slotback - 1999-04 - Arizona
Terry Vaughn was a model of consistency from the first moment he set foot on a Canadian Football League field. He joined the Calgary Stampeders in 1995 after failing to make an NFL roster. The Sumter, South Carolina native had an outstanding collegiate career with Arizona. Terry was a powerful runner with a low center of gravity who was great at catching the ball and breaking tackles in open field.
In his first season as a CFL receiver Vaughn had 1,031 receiving yards catching passes from Doug Flutie and Jeff Garcia. It woud be the first of an incredible 11 straight seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving. Terry would capture the Grey Cup with Calgary in 1998 with a thrilling victory over the Hamilton Tiger Cats and in the off-season he signed a free agent contract to move up the province of Alberta to play for the Edmonton Eskimos where he would enjoy his greatest success.
Terry would lead a resurgent Eskimos team in the 2000’s, in 2001 he totaled 1,497 receiving yards. In 2002, he had close to 1,300 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns as Edmonton would advance and host the Grey Cup. The team came up short to Edmonton in the Grey Cup but vowed to return. In 2003, Vaughn had his most productive season with 1,558 receiving yards as the Eskimos got revenge over Montreal and captured the Grey Cup that season in Regina. Vaughn was Edmonton Eskimo football in the early 2000's taking the mantle from Gizmo Williams as the face of the team and it's most popular player. 2004, would be ‘TV’s’ final season with the Green & Gold again eclipsing 1,000 yards receiving this time but to go along with it he had only 2 touchdown receptions.
Terry was dealt to the Montreal Alouettes for the 2005 season and he would bounce back with 1,113 and 8 touchdowns. The Alouettes would lose the Grey Cup to Terry’s former team the Edmonton Eskimos in a heartbreaking defeat in overtime.
In his final season in the league in 2006 Terry played with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. It was a disappointing end to a great career as Hamilton struggled.
Terry Vaughn chose to retire as a Calgary Stampeder in 2007 following an acrimonious departure from Edmonton in 2004. He was a great player and a great talent and his best seasons were as an Edmonton Eskimo.