It must almost be December. For CFL fans the season is over and the off-season is in full swing. This time of year means one other thing too. In the run up to the festive season the CFL reveals its own pre-Christmas stars.
The 57th annual Canadian Football League All-Stars were named when they were selected by 49 voters comprised of members of the Football Reporters of Canada and the league’s head coaches.
Eight of the nine teams saw at least one selction made from their roster. 9 players were selected from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. 5 from the Saskatchewan Roughriders. 3 from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Montreal Alouettes & Calgary Stampeders.
Rounding things out were 2 players from the BC Lions and one each from the Edmonton Eskimos and Ottawa REBLACKS.
The 4-14 Toronto Argonauts failed to register a single All-Star. A touch of familiarity for Argos’ fans because this 4-14 season mirrors last year’s 4-14 record which saw no All-Stars selected too.
There was a very even Divisional split this year. With 14 West Division selections and 13 from the East Division.
|Running Back||William Stanback||Montreal|
|Bryan Burnham||BC Lions|
|Offensive Tackles||Stanley Bryant||Winnipeg|
|Chris Van Zeyl||Hamilton|
|Defensive Ends||Willie Jefferson||Winnipeg|
|Defensive Tackles||Dylan Wynn||Hamilton|
|Cover Linebacker||Derrick Moncrief||Saskatchewan|
All-Stars Special Teams
|Kicker||Sergio Castillo||BC Lions|
|Special Teams Player||Frankie Williams||Hamilton|
That means in 3 years only 4 players have made the All-Star team each time. Take a bow Bryan Burnham & Stanley Bryant on the O and Willie Jefferson & Charleston Hughes on the D.
It is always fun when lists like this come out as fans all have their own favourites. Let the debates begin!