Grey Cup career leaders – passing, ruching, catching & tackling
As you might expect, the holders of these records are a list of some rarified CFL talent. After all if you’ve been in enough championship games to set career Grey Cup records then you are doubtless a top level player.
So let’s take a look and see who has made the biggest career marks on the Grey Cup game.
Grey Cup Career Passing Leader – Anthony Calvillo
Calvillo threw for 2,470 yards in his Grey Cup career. That’s an incredible 958 yards more than second placed man Ricky Ray.
The Hall of Famer really made a mark in his time in the league. As well as Grey Cup career yardage he also holds the all-time records for most career pass attempts, completions, yardage and touchdowns in the CFL.
It was with the Larks that he made eight Grey Cup appearances (winning three times in 2002, 2009 & 2010). Over those 8 appearances he went 179 of 298 for 2,470 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Rushing Leader – Mike Pringle
Alongside the league’s all-time passing leader we find the league’s all-time rushing leader. Pringle, a former team-mate of Calvillo’s is the all-time Grey Cup rushing leader.
Their time in the CFL overlapped, and like Calvillo, Pringle also got his break with an expansion era team. Coming from the World Leagu’e Sacramento Surge, to the CFL’s Gold Miners, Pringle won a World Bowl and a Grey Cup (three in fact, once in 1995 with the Baltimore Stallions, once in 2002 with Montreal, and once in 2003 with Edmonton).
The two time leage MOP, and only single season 2000 yard rusher in CFL history would rush for 391 yards over 4 Grey Cup games (he was with Baltimore’s losing side in the 1994 game).
Which places him 35 yards ahead of the 356 yards Leo Lewis posted in 4 appearances with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Receiving Leader – Ben Cahoon
Well a pattern certainly seems to be emerging here. Ben Cahoon, who spent his entire career in Montreal (1998-2010) was with Calvillo’s Alouettes, and overlapped with Pringle.
The Hall of Famer put up 47 career Grey Cup game receptions alongside 658 yards. Both of which are Grey Cup career records.
His 658 yards are 83 more than another Alouette’s legend, Hal Patterson put up.
Cahoon, the two time Most Outstanding Canadian, put up his Grey Cup numbers over eight appearances. Whilst Patterson never won a Grey Cup in Montreal, but picked up 3 after being traded to Hamilton.
Ben Cahoon was nominated MOC 9 times by the Als, and would be a 3 time CFL All-Star as well as setting his Grey Cup records.
Tackles Leader – John Barrow
John Barrow spent his entire CFL career, (1957-1970), with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. And with the ticats he would appeare in nine Grey Cup games, winning on four occasions (1957, 1963, 1965 & 1967).
The Hall of Fame player won a stack of awards for his line play. In 1967 he was voted ‘lineman of the century‘. In the Grey Cup games he racked up 48 career sacks. Leaving him six ahead of second place man Dan Kepley.
Not surprisingly, the holders of the Grey Cup career records are players who made multiple appearances. Hall of Fame level careers saw them being there at the business end of the season. As Calvillo (8 appearaces, 3 wins), Pringle (4 appearances, 3 wins), Cahoon (8 appearances, 3 wins), and Barrow (9 appearances, 4 wins) set the marks for people to aim for.
Will they be surpassed? We don’t yet know. But, as ever it will be fun watching on to find out.
Banner Image: CFL Grey Cup career reception yardage leader Ben Cahoon lifts the Grey Cup. Image from cbc.ca