But I am here to tell fans in the UK not to overlook Jim Burrow. He did OK for himself during a career in the CFL.
Five Seasons in the CFL
Instead Burrow headed north and joined the Montreal Alouettes. That was initially on a five day trial in October of 1976.
Burrow had two interceptions in just four games with Montreal during his rookie season. He followed that up with 5 interceptions in 1978 and six in 1979. Both totals were good for third best in the East those seasons and earned Burrow two East All-Star selections
Burrow moved on to Calgary in 1980 and finished his career in Ottawa in 1981.
The Grey Cup Win
The senior Burrow has a championship ring of his own as he played on the Grey Cup winning Alouettes team in 1977.
This game became renowned as the Ice Bowl. The game was a 41-6 blowout win for the Als, but the main talking point was cleats.
Burrow recalls that “Tony Proudfoot … and Wally Buono came up with the idea of using a large industrial staple gun in the tips of our shoes and when he (Proudfoot) came back, he said, ‘This works.’” Whether it was legal or not was a moot point – the Montreal players felt like they had better traction and that that was a large part of winning the game.
In fact whilst he was there the Als would appear in three consecutive Grey Cup games (77-79). But this was their only win because they were overtaken by the emerging dominance of the Edmonton Eskimos.
A great Experience
Not only did he pick up a championship ring, but you sense Burrow had a great time in Canada.
He has noted, “I mean we’d have 68,000 people at Olympic Stadium,” (and) “We’d play before 50, 55,000 fans at old Exhibition Stadium in Toronto and when you went to Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton they had 50,000 there so it was a great experience.”
Now he will be looking to see if his son makes more of an impact in the NFL I am sure. But that should take nothing away from the 5 great years Jim Burrow had in the CFL and the friendships he will doubtless have made.
Banner image: Jim Burrow decked out in LSU gear to support Joe. Image from CBS.