All -Decade First Team QB Bo Levi Mitchell of the Calgary Stampeders is quoted as saying, “It’s pretty cool,…I appreciate everybody that did vote, I definitely feel blessed. Just to have Ricky Ray and Wally Buono kind of give me that nod was a compliment in itself… and hopefully I can, you know, be in the conversation in another decade.”
This is the culmination of an online fan vote that the CFL has been building towards for some time now. But how does the final list look? We can see below.
2010’s CFL All Decade First Team
|Quarterback||Bo Levi Mitchell||Calgary|
|Running Back||Andrew Harris||BC and Winnipeg|
|Receiver||S.J. Green||Toronto and Montreal|
|Receiver||Adarius Bowman||Winnipeg, Edmonton and Montreal|
|Receiver||Weston Dressler||Saskatchewan and Winnipeg|
|Receiver||Emmanuel Arceneaux||BC and Saskatchewan|
|Receiver||Nik Lewis||Calgary and Montreal|
|Centre||Jon Gott||Calgary and Ottawa|
|Offensive Tackle||Stanley Bryant||Calgary and Winnipeg|
|Offensive Tackle||Jovan Olafioye||BC and Montreal|
|Offensive Guard||Brendon LaBatte||Winnipeg and Saskatchewan|
|Offensive Guard||Ryan Bomben||Montreal, Hamilton and Toronto|
|Defensive End||Charleston Hughes||Calgary and Saskatchewan|
|Defensive End||John Bowman||Montreal|
|Defensive Tackle||Almondo Sewell||Edmonton|
|Defensive Tackle||Ted Laurent||Edmonton and Hamilton|
|Linebacker||Solomon Elimimian||BC and Saskatchewan|
|Linebacker||Adam Bighill||BC and Winnipeg|
|Defensive Back||Jovon Johnson||Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Saskatchewan|
|Defensive Back||Ryan Phillips||BC and Montreal|
|Defensive Back||Delvin Breaux||Hamilton|
|Defensive Back||Brandon Smith||Calgary|
|Safety||Craig Butler||Saskatchewan and Hamilton|
|Kicker||Justin Medlock||Toronto, Hamilton and Winnipeg|
|Special Teams Cover||Mike Miller||Edmonton and Winnipeg|
|Special Teams Returner||Brandon Banks||Hamilton|
|Head Coach||John Hufnagel||Calgary|
2010’s CFL All Decade Second Team
|Quarterback||Ricky Ray||Edmonton and Toronto|
|Running Back||Jon Cornish||Calgary|
|Receiver||Greg Ellingson||Hamilton, Ottawa and Edmonton|
|Receiver||Fred Stamps||Edmonton and Montreal|
|Receiver||Derel Walker||Edmonton and Toronto|
|Offensive Tackle||Chris Van Zeyl||Toronto and Hamilton|
|Offensive Tackle||Derek Dennis||Calgary and Saskatchewan|
|Offensive Guard||Scott Flory||Montreal|
|Offensive Guard||Matt O’Donnell||Edmonton|
|Defensive End||Willie Jefferson||Edmonton, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg|
|Defensive End||Odell Willis||Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Edmonton and BC|
|Defensive Tackle||Micah Johnson||Calgary and Saskatchewan|
|Defensive Tackle||Eddie Steele||Hamilton, Edmonton and Saskatchewan|
|Linebacker||Henoc Muamba||Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Montreal|
|Linebacker||Simoni Lawrence||Edmonton and Hamilton|
|Defensive Back||Ed Gainey||Montreal, Hamilton and Saskatchewan|
|Defensive Back||Keon Raymond||Calgary, Toronto, and Hamilton|
|Defensive Back||Jamar Wall||Calgary|
|Defensive Back||Patrick Watkins||Toronto and Edmonton|
|Punter||Richie Leone||Ottawa and BC|
|Special Teams Cover||Jason Arakgi||BC|
|Special Teams Returner||Chad Owens||Toronto, Hamilton, and Saskatchewan|
|Head Coach||Dave Dickenson||Calgary|
2010’s CFL All decade team discussion
At the end of last year we did a CFL team by team decade review. One thing that stood out was the dominance of the Calgary Stampeders.
And that dominance is reflected here with players who have spent time in Stamps colours appearing 8 times in the 2010’s All Decade first team. Plus a further 8 times in the second team. Especially having the first team QB named and the Head Coach for both the first and second teams.
Special Players on Special Teams
But for me, one area of the game that I love is special teams. So I thought it might be good to take a closer look at the first team special teamers.
Rob Maver – Punter. In 163 career regular-season games, Maver punted 921 times for 41,429 yards. His career punting average was 45.0 and his net punting average was 36.2. Maver had 84 career punts inside the opponents’ 10-yard line. He had 131 career kickoffs for 7,691 yards and also completed five of seven passes for 99 yards, had one carry for 24 yards and made 12 special-teams tackles.
In Maver’s first season, he handled place-kicking duties and won the CFL scoring title while setting a team rookie record with 185 points.
Maver was a CFL All-Star in 2012 & 2013. As Well as a West Division All-Star in 2012, 2013, & 2014.
Justin Medlock – Kicker. In 146 career regular-season games, Meldock has made 377 of 436 kicks (86.5%) with a career long of 58 yards. He has hit 354 of 360 XP attempts and has 1,485 points to his name.
Medlock can also punt. He has punted 857 times for 36,648 yards.
He was named CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2016. As well as CFL All-Star 2016, CFLPA All-Star: 2015, 2016,West Division All-Star: 2016.
East Division All-Star: 2015 (Ham.), 2011 (Ham.). Medlock has also been named the Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Special Teams Player: 2016, 2017, & 2018.
Coverage and Return
Mike Miller – Special teams coverage/gunner. Miller has played 158 career regular-season games. Recording 185 sepcial teams tackles, 1 forced fumble, scoring 1 TD and registering 6 defensive tackles.
His 185 ST tackles aresecond place on the CFL’s all-time special-teams tackles list. Trailing only Jason Arakgi, who had 190 in his career with B.C. Miller tied a CFL record with seven special-teams tackles in a win over Ottawa.
He was named West Division All-Star in 2019. As well as CFLPA All-Star: 2019, West Division Most Outstanding Special Teams Player 2019,
Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Canadian 2019, & Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Special Teams Player 2019.
Returner – Brandon Banks. Speedy B has spent seven seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. During that time he has appeared in 101 regular season games.
A multi-talented player, Banks has rushed 63 times for 343 yards (5.44 yards per carry) and 5 TD’s. He has 378 receptions for 5,204 yards (13.77 yards per catch) and 42 TD’s.
Depsite three consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons over the last three years and the 2019 MOP Award, Banks has been selected here for his return abilities.
Banks has 179 kickoff returns covering 3,689 yards (20.6 avg), 1 TD and a longest return of 103 yards. He has also taken back 283 punt returns for 2,954 yards (10.9 avg) and 7 TD’s with a longest return of 97 yards.
Finally he has retturned 16 missed Field Goals for a total of 769 yards. That 48.1 yard average return has resulted in 5 TD’s. The longest return going for 125 yards.
Named the CFL MOP in 2019, Banks was a CFL All-Star in 2014, 2015, 2018 & 2019. He was named East All-Star 2014-19 too.
Banner image: First team 2010’s All Decade punter Rob Maver. From cfl.ca