Last week CFL pre-season kicked off, with the official season getting underway Canada Day weekend. As we gear up for another slew of action-packed games we take a look back at the top 10 Canadian CFL players of all time. While some of the athletes who have made this list are no-brainers others are a few more personal picks who are known not only for their skills on the field but from the sidelines as well.
Getting his start with the Edmonton Eskimos and then going on to play for a number of NFL teams (including the Vikings, Chiefs and Seahawks), Moon won five consecutive Grey Cups and was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in both '82 and '85.
Another former Eskimo, Pringle broke an unprecedented number of records during his incredibly successful run with the league, which began in 1992 and wrapped up with an official retirement announcement in '04 along with the signing of retirement papers with the Montreal Alouettes in '05.
Signing with the BC Lions in 1990, Flutie won his first Grey Cup with the Stamps in 1992, then again with the Argos in '96 as well as '97, winning MVP for all three games and being honoured with the title of "CFL's Most Outstanding Player" six times, more than other player.
Allen has played for almost half of the teams in the CFL – Edmonton, Ottawa, BC, Hamilton, and Edmonton, and he also dominates the all-time league in passing yards (with 72,381 yards), beating Warren Moon in 2006 and holding the record ever since.
Also known as "the Pinball," Clemons, who currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Toronto Argonauts, played for the team for more than a decade and acted as head coach.
The late Ron Lancaster was an icon in the CFL – he played for Ottawa and then Saskatchewan between 1960 and 1978, then he coached CFL teams from 1979 to 2002 (Saskatchewan, Edmonton and Hamilton), and he was also a CBC sports commentator for over 10 years. He died on September 18, 2008.
Etcheverry, or "The Rifle," was the Als' quarterback who won eastern all-star six times and set a number of single-game passing records during his distinguished eight years with the CFL. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
A great football player, a wonderful spirit and an amazing advocate, Proudfoot, who suffered from ALS and passed away in 2010, played 107 games with the Alouettes and then later acted as a special consultant to the head coach of the team. He was also a sports radio commentator and founded the Tony Proudfoot Fund for ALS Research.
A CFL broadcaster (and host of his own Food Network Show "Road Grill), Dunigan won Grey Cups as a player with the Eskimos as well as the Argos. He also won CFL All-Star three times and coached the Calgary Stampeders.
Cahoon, who played exclusively for the Als throughout his career, only retired last year. He currently holds the record for all-time leading receiver in Grey Cup history.
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