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Doug Flutie Voted Greatest CFL Player in TSN Top 50 CFL Players Program

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         -- George Reed and the late Jackie Parker round out Top 3;
                   Russ Jackson finishes as Top Canadian --
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    WINNIPEG, Nov. 17 2006 -- 
He's a six-time CFL Most Outstanding Player,
three-time Grey Cup champion, three-time Grey Cup MVP, and the record-holder
for most TD passes in a single season. Now quarterback Doug Flutie can add to
his long list of accomplishments the title of No. 1 CFL player of the modern
era, as chosen by the TSN Top 50 CFL Players panel.
    Flutie was a definitive choice for the honour, receiving 35 of 60 first
place votes. The fleet-of-foot six-time All-Canadian set the CFL on fire
during his eight-year career (1990-97) with the B.C. Lions, Calgary Stampeders
and Toronto Argonauts. In all, he collected 3,384 voting points in weighted
balloting - 402 more than runner-up George Reed, the Saskatchewan Roughriders'
nine-time All-Canadian running back (2,982 points). Reed outpolled No. 3
Jackie Parker, the Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback who collected 16 first-place
votes and finished third with 2,819 points. Parker, who also played for
Toronto and B.C., passed away Nov. 7.
    Completing the Top 10 are No. 4 running back Mike Pringle (2,460), No. 5
quarterback Warren Moon (2,397), No. 6 defensive back Garney Henley (2,368),
No. 7 quarterback Ron Lancaster (2,355), No. 8 quarterback Russ Jackson
(2,174), No. 9 linebacker Wayne Harris (2,170) and No. 10 receiver Allen Pitts
(2,109).
    The announcement was made today at a news conference in Winnipeg attended
by CFL Commissioner Tom Wright along with TSN President Phil King and several
CFL greats including Flutie, Reed, Pringle, Henley, Lancaster, Jackson and
Harris, as well as Jack Parker Jr.
    The TSN Top 50 CFL Players was created and managed by TSN, in partnership
with the Canadian Football League, to celebrate the rich and storied history
of the CFL. TSN assembled an independent voting panel of 60 CFL past and
present executives, players and media, who were asked to rank the top 50
players from a list of 185 nominees, in order, from the post-WWII history of
the CFL. The candidates were identified following a comprehensive three-month
research and consultation process. The results were tabulated by BDO Dunwoody
LLP.
    "I'm flattered and humbled to be selected for this honour," said Flutie,
who retired from the NFL this year and currently works as a college football
analyst with ABC and ESPN. "I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the CFL and have
nothing but the highest respect for those who preceded me in the history of
the league and those who have followed."
    CFL Commissioner Tom Wright lauded TSN's initiative with the TSN Top 50
CFL Players program. "The Canadian Football League is delighted with the
success of the TSN Top 50," said Commissioner Wright. "It is interesting to
see the final results of the voting. Doug Flutie is a deserving choice as the
player voted number one overall, but each one of the players on the list has
made a significant contribution to the development and history of the CFL. We
salute all of them for their achievements. We are also saddened by the recent
passing of the great Jackie Parker, whose selection as number three on the
list is proof of his legacy to our great league."
    Flutie, 44, was a five-time CFL passing leader and threw for three of the
four highest single season touchdown totals in CFL history - including a
record 48 in 1994 with Calgary. One of Flutie's key receivers during his
playing days with the Stampeders was Allen Pitts, voted No. 10 on the Top 50
list. Flutie stands fifth on the CFL all-time passing TD list (270). Flutie
played pro football for 21 years after a legendary career with Boston College.
He won the Heisman Trophy in 1984 and his 'Hail Mary' touchdown pass in the
1984 Orange Bowl gave the Eagles the win against the University of Miami, and
stands as one of the most famous passes in college football history.
    Talent runs in the Flutie family; Doug's younger brother, Darren, was a
standout CFL receiver and named No. 50 on the TSN Top 50 CFL Players list.
    Commenting on the TSN Top 50 CFL Players initiative, TSN President Phil
King said: "This program was created to honour the legends of the CFL. The
enormous debate it triggered is a testament to the great athletes who have
played in the CFL over the years."
    Fans are invited to voice their opinions on TSN.ca with the Your Call
poll, allowing them to pick their own top 10 from the list of the Top 50
selections. The poll will close in two weeks, with the fan results posted on
TSN.ca shortly thereafter. Fans will also be able to access exclusive Top 50
interviews, features and reports through the website's Audio/Video and CFL
sections.

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    Additional Notable Results:
    -   Seven players received votes for No. 1: Doug Flutie (35 votes),
        Jackie Parker (16), Warren Moon (3), Russ Jackson (2), Damon Allen
        (2), Ron Lancaster (1) and Joe Krol (1).

    -   Ten Canadians are in the Top 50: No. 8 Russ Jackson (Hamilton, Ont.),
        No. 18 Tony Gabriel (Hamilton, Ont.), No. 22 Chris Walby (Winnipeg),
        No. 24 Dave Fennell (Edmonton), No. 30 Lui Passaglia (Vancouver),
        No. 32 Roger Aldag (Gull Lake, Sask.), No. 34 Normie Kwong (Calgary),
        No. 36 Ray Elgaard (Edmonton), No. 43 Bill Baker (Sheridan, Man.) and
        No. 46 Joe Krol (Hamilton, Ont.).

    -   Three active players are in the Top 50: No. 14 Damon Allen (Toronto),
        No. 15 Milt Stegall (Winnipeg) and No. 45 Terry Vaughn (Hamilton).

    -   Top 50 breakdown by position: Receivers - 10, Quarterbacks - 9,
        Defensive Linemen - 8, Defensive Backs - 6, Running Backs - 6,
        Offensive Linemen - 4, Linebackers - 4, Special Team Players - 2,
        Kicker - 1.

    -   Top 50 breakdown by team: Edmonton - 20, Hamilton - 14, B.C. - 13,
        Toronto - 13, Calgary - 8, Ottawa - 8, Winnipeg - 8, Montreal - 7,
        Saskatchewan - 7, Baltimore - 1, Birmingham - 1, Memphis - 1,
        Sacramento - 1, Shreveport - 1.


    TSN Top 50 CFL Players

    (*) Honoured member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame
    (+) Canadian

    1.  Doug Flutie
    QB (BC/Cgy/Tor) 8 seasons: 1990-97
    Record 6 Most Outstanding Player awards and 3 Grey Cup MVP awards

    2.  George Reed(*)
    RB (Sask) 13 seasons: 1963-75
    Shares all-time lead in TDs (137) and 9 All-Canadian berths

    3.  Jackie Parker(*)
    QB/RB/DB (Edm/Tor/BC) 13 seasons: 1954-68
    3 Most Outstanding Player awards

    4.  Mike Pringle
    RB (Sac/Bal/Mtl/Edm) 13 seasons: 1992-04
    All-time leader in rushing yards (16,425)

    5.  Warren Moon(*)
    QB (Edm) 6 seasons: 1978-83
    5 Grey Cup wins in 6 CFL seasons

    6.  Garney Henley(*)
    DB/Rec (Ham) 16 seasons: 1960-75
    Record 10 straight All-Canadian berths

    7.  Ron Lancaster(*)
    QB (Ott/Sask) 19 seasons: 1960-78
    2 Most Outstanding Player awards

    8.  Russ Jackson(*)(+)
    QB (Ott) 12 seasons: 1958-69
    3 Most Outstanding Player awards

    9.  Wayne Harris Sr.(*)
    LB (Cgy) 12 seasons: 1961-72
    Record 4 Most Outstanding Lineman awards

    10. Allen Pitts(*)
    Rec (Cgy) 11 seasons: 1990-00
    All-time leader in receiving yards (14,891)

    11. Dan Kepley(*)
    LB (Edm) 10 seasons: 1975-84
    3 Most Outstanding Defensive Player awards

    12. John Helton(*)
    DL (Cgy/Wpg) 14 seasons: 1969-82
    9 All-Canadian berths

    13. Hal Patterson(*)
    Rec/DB (Mtl/Ham) 14 seasons: 1954-67
    13 Division All-Star berths

    14. Damon Allen
    QB (Edm/Ott/Ham/Mps/BC/Tor) 22 seasons: 1985-06
    2 Grey Cup MVP awards and 1 Grey Cup Top Offensive Player award

    15. Milt Stegall
    Rec (Wpg) 12 seasons: 1995-06
    All-time leader in receiving TDs (133)

    16. Willie Pless(*)
    LB (Tor/BC/Edm/Sask) 14 seasons: 1986-99
    Record 11 All-Canadian berths

    17. John Barrow(*)
    DL/OL (Ham) 14 seasons: 1957-70
    Record 16 Division All-Star berths (at 3 positions)

    18. Tony Gabriel(*)(+)
    Rec (Ham/Ott) 11 seasons: 1971-81
    Receiver record 8 All-Canadian berths

    19. Johnny Bright(*)
    RB (Cgy/Edm) 13 seasons: 1952-64
    4-time CFL rushing yards leader

    20. Brian Kelly(*)
    Rec (Edm) 9 seasons: 1979-87
    3rd all-time in career receiving TDs (97)

    21. James Parker(*)
    DL/LB (Edm/BC/Tor) 12 seasons: 1980-91
    4th in career sacks (139.5)

    22. Chris Walby(*)(+)
    OL (Mtl/Wpg) 16 seasons: 1981-96
    Offensive Lineman record 9 All-Canadian berths

    23. Less Browne(*)
    DB (Ham/Wpg/Ott/BC) 11 seasons: 1984-94
    All-time leader in interceptions (87)

    24. Dave Fennell(*)(+)
    DL (Edm) 10 seasons: 1974-83
    2 Grey Cup Top Defensive Player awards

    25. Henry (Gizmo) Williams(*)
    ST (Edm) 15 seasons: 1986-00
    All-time leader in career punt return TDs (26)

    26. Sam Etcheverry(*)
    QB (Mtl) 9 seasons: 1952-60
    6-time CFL passing yards leader

    27. Tommy Joe Coffey(*)
    Rec/K (Edm/Ham/Tor) 14 seasons: 1959-73
    4-time CFL receptions leader

    28. Grover Covington(*)
    DL (Ham) 11 seasons: 1981-91
    All-time leader in sacks (157)

    29. Leo Lewis(*)
    RB (Wpg) 11 seasons: 1955-66
    5th in career combined yards

    30. Lui Passaglia(*)(+)
    K/P (BC) 25 seasons: 1976-00
    All-time leader in career points (3,991) and field goals (875)

    31. Michael (Pinball) Clemons
    ST/RB/Rec (Tor) 12 seasons: 1989-00
    All-time leader in combined yards (25,438)

    32. Roger Aldag(*)(+)
    OL (Sask) 17 seasons: 1976-92
    2 Most Outstanding Offensive Linemen awards

    33. Dickie Harris(*)
    DB (Mtl) 10 seasons: 1972-82
    7 All-Canadian berths

    34. Normie Kwong(*)(+)
    RB (Cgy/Edm) 13 seasons: 1948-60
    5th in career rushing yards

    35. Marv Luster(*)
    DB/Rec (Mtl/Tor) 14 seasons: 1961-74
    9 Division All-Star berths

    36. Ray Elgaard(*)(+)
    Rec (Sask) 14 seasons: 1983-96
    5th in career receiving yards (13,198)

    37. Angelo Mosca(*)
    DL (Ham/Ott) 15 seasons: 1958-72
    5 Grey Cup wins in 9 Grey Cup games

    38. Larry Highbaugh(*)
    DB (BC/Edm) 13 seasons: 1971-83
    2nd in career interceptions (66)

    39. Matt Dunigan(*)
    QB (Edm/BC/Tor/Wpg/Birm/Ham) 14 seasons: 1983-96
    3rd in career passing TDs (306)

    40. Joe Montford
    DL (Shr/Ham/Tor/Edm) 12 seasons: 1995-06
    3 Most Outstanding Defensive Player awards

    41. Kaye Vaughan(*)
    OL/DL (Ott) 12 seasons: 1953-64
    2 Most Outstanding Lineman awards

    42. Mervyn Fernandez
    Rec (BC) 6 seasons: 1982-94
    1 Most Outstanding Player award

    43. Bill Baker(*)(+)
    DL (Sask/BC) 11 seasons: 1968-78
    1 Most Outstanding Defensive Player award

    44. Danny Bass(*)
    LB (Tor/Cgy/Edm) 12 seasons: 1980-91
    6 All-Canadian berths

    45. Terry Vaughn
    Rec (Cgy/Edm/Mtl/Ham) 12 seasons: 1995-06
    All-time leader in receptions (1,006)

    46. Joe Krol(*)(+)
    RB (Tor) 9 seasons: 1945-55
    6 Grey Cup wins

    47. Tom Clements(*)
    QB (Ott/Sask/Ham/Wpg) 12 seasons: 1975-87
    2 Grey Cup Top Offensive Player awards

    48. Rollie Miles(*)
    DB/RB/LB (Edm) 11 seasons: 1951-61
    8 Division All-Star berths (at 3 positions)

    49. Bill Frank(*)
    OL (BC/Tor/Wpg) 15 seasons: 1962-76
    7 All-Canadian berths

    50. Darren Flutie
    Rec (BC/Edm/Ham) 12 seasons: 1991-02
    2nd in career receptions (972)
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