Odell Willis: Sack centurion

Odell Willis is a ‘sack centurion’. He recorded his 100th CFL sack this week in the BC Lions win over the Ottawa REDBLACKS.

Willis is now the 12th player in CFL history to record 100 sacks. The last player to achieve the feat was Saskatchewan Roughrider veteran DE Charleston Hughes.

Willis has played for every West Division team during his career. His first year was spent with the Calgary Stampeders before he was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers halfway through the 2009 season.

In 2011 he was a CFL All-Star. That year he recorded 13 sacks and led a Winnipeg D that made the Grey Cup. Following that year he appeared for one season in Saskatchewan before heading to the Edmonton Eskimos for the most successful stretch of his career.

Esks success

Willis spent 5 seasons in Edmonton between 2011 and 2017. He was a standout performer on defense for the Esks. Appearing in 86 regular season games in Edmonton Willis notched 131 defensive stops, 10 forced fumbles, 12 tackles for a loss and 46 sacks.

In 2014 he was again named a CFL All-Star. That year he recorded 32 tackles and a team-leading 13 sacks. He was also an integral part of Edmonton’s 2015 Grey Cup win.

A Roaring Lion

Odell Willis was signed by BC in February 2018. During that season he notched 22 defensive tackles and a team high 11 sacks through 18 games.

The wait for the 100th sack has been a long one as Willis recorded his 99th career sack back in July against Toronto.

For Willis this was obviously a notable achievement. In the post game press interviews he noted “That’s years and years of hard work…My whole career flashed in front of me in those 3 seconds, but it was all worth it”.

Players who have recorded 100+ sacks in the CFL:

Of the players shown above the ones with a link to their career stats are still active. With 587 career games and 358 sacks between them you wouldn’t bet against these numbers being added to.

Banner image: Willis turning out for the BC Lions. Image from

Article written by:

Chris Lawton joined the team in 2017 and has been writing about the CFL ever since. He originally started following the NFL with the 'first wave' of fans when it was shown on Channel 4 in the 1980's. He has been a keen supporter of the Miami Dolphins since 1983. Chris first encountered the CFL in 2016 and instantly fell in love with the Canadian game. He has been writing about the CFL from the inception of Ninety-Nine Yards. You can find him on twitter as @CFLfanUK

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