The inductees into the 2017 Canadian Football Hall of Fame are a unique class as one of the game’s best-ever quarterbacks is being enshrined as is one of its greatest receivers and one of its legendary coaches.
During Mark’s CFL Week activities in Regina on Wednesday, the Hall announced Anthony Calvillo, Geroy Simon, Kelvin Anderson, Mike O’Shea, Brian Towriss and Stan Schwartz are making up the class of 2017.
Calvillo played for three teams (Las Vegas Posse, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and the Montreal Alouettes) during his 20-year career as quarterback in the CFL. He was a Grey Cup Champion three times during his career in 2002, 2009 and 2010, all with Montreal. Calvillo was a ten-time Eastern All-Star, a five-time CFL All-Star and a six-time CFLPA All-Star. Calvillo was the East Division’s Most Outstanding Player seven times and the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player three times (2003, 2008 and 2009). In 2002, he was named the Most Valuable Player in the Grey Cup. He threw for 79,816 yards, making him the CFL’s – and pro football’s – all-time leading passer.
Geroy Simon’s 15-year CFL career brought him to three teams: the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1999-2000), the BC Lions (2001-2012) and the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2013). A six-time CFL All-Star (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011), Simon appeared in four Grey Cup games and is a three-time Grey Cup Champion (2006, 2011 and 2013). In 2006, he was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player. He had 63 100-yard games and three 200-yard games. Simon is the CFL’s All-Time leading receiver with 16,352 receiving yards and 1,029 receptions.
A former defensive tackle for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, Brian Towriss coached at his alma mater for 37 years. Joining the Huskies as an assistant coach in 1979, he served as Head Coach from 1984 to 2016, when he retired. Towriss led his team to nine Vanier Cup appearances (1989, 1990, 1994, 1996,1998, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006) and three national championships (1990, 1996, and 1998). He was the CIS Coach of the Year in 1994. During his tenure, Towriss coached 71 All-Canadians and had 47 players join the CFL and one go on to have a career in the NFL.
Mike O’Shea is the current head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but he spent 16 seasons in the CFL with Hamilton and Toronto. He was named the league’s best rookie in 1993, and ranks second in the league in all-time tackles with 1,151
Kelvin Anderson played for Calgary from 1996-2002 before playing in BC in 2003. He had 8 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons in that time led the Western Conference in rushing four times.
Stan Schwartz is a football fixture in Calgary. He was the team president for eight years with his team going to the Grey Cup three times in that span. He also has dedicated himself to not only the Stampeders, but the CFL and the game itself over five decades.
Formal induction ceremonies for this year’s CFHOF class will be held later this year, at the Hall of Fame game in Hamilton on September 15th and during the week prior to the 105th Grey Cup in Ottawa.