The Brightest Stars: CFL names 2021 All-Stars

The Brightest Stars: CFL names 2021 All-Stars
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The Brightest Stars: CFL All-Stars

The CFL has named the players who have been selected as the 2021 All-Stars.

We had the currently unusual occurrence of a December Grey Cup game. Where we got to enjoy an instant classic.

But now we are back to the usual round of CFL events. 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 58th annual Canadian Football League (CFL) All-Stars were named when they were selected by 50 voters comprising members of the Football Reporters of Canada and the league’s head coaches.

It is always interesting to make a comparison. This is the third All-Star ballot since Ninety Nine Yards has been covering the CFL. Whilst there is some continuity, each one has looked different. Be that this year, 2019 or 2018.

2020 is missing from the list due to a cancelled season. Which is why it warms the heart all the more to see this list appear once more. Only a Grinch could complain about a return to play and naming of the All-Stars!

The Numbers

Seven of the nine teams saw at least one selection made from their roster. Neither Saskatchewan or Edmonton saw one of their players make League All-Star this year.

27 players were named in all. That list was dominated by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who contributed 11 players to the list. Reflecting how far ahead they were seen to other teams, second place for nominations went to Hamilton with 4 players on the list.

There were also 3 players selected from the Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders. Whilst the BC Lions, Ottawa REDBLACKS, & Toronto Argonauts provided 2 players each.

The list includes 16 players from Western Division teams, (thanks mostly to the preponderance of Blue bombers players). Whilst the East Division provides 11 of the leagues brightest stars.

Brightest Stars: Offence

Quarterback Zach Collaros Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Running Back William Stanback Montreal Alouettes
Receivers Kenny Lawler Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  Eugene Lewis Montreal Alouettes
  Bryan Burnham BC Lions
  Lucky Whitehead BC Lions
  Jake Wieneke Montreal Alouettes
Centre Sean McEwen Calgary Stampeders
Guards Brandon Revenberg Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  Patrick Neufeld Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Offensive Tackles Stanley Bryant Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  Jermarcus Hardrick Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Brightest Stars: Defence

Defensive Ends Jackson Jeffcoat Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  Willie Jefferson Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Defensive Tackles Mike Rose Calgary Stampeders
  Shawn Oakman Toronto Argonauts
Linebackers Adam Bighill Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  Simoni Lawrence Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Cover Linebacker Chris Edwards Toronto Argonauts
Cornerbacks DeAundre Alford Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  Jumal Rolle Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Halfbacks Cariel Brooks Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  Deatrick Nichols Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Safety Brandon Alexander Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Brightest Stars: Special Teams

Kicker Rene Paredes Calgary Stampeders
Punter Richie Leone Ottawa REDBLACKS
Special Teams Player DeVonte Dedmon Ottawa REDBLACKS

In the past three years the key position – QB- has been held by a different player. And 2 out of the 3 of them were named MOP. Including this year.

The Three Amigos

Three players have been named CFL All-Star three times in a row since we started looking at this. Take a bow BC Lions WR Bryan Burnham, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers OT Stanley Bryant and DE Willie Jefferson.

Burnham was also named a CFL All-Star in 2017 meaning he has 4 consecutive All-Star nominations.

3 time Grey Cup champ and 3 time CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Bryant matches this. He is actually a six time All-Star being on the list in 2103 & 2014 too.

Jefferson, another 3 time Grey Cup winner, and the 2019 defensive MOP also has 4 consecutive nominations stretching back to 2017.

As ever it is a fabulous list of the brightest stars in the CFL. It is good to reflect on just how much talent and star power the league actually has.

Banner Image: 6 time CFL All Star and current Defensive MOP Adam Bighill celebrates with a teammate. Image from bluebombers.com

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