Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly has been named the CFL’s outstanding player. Reilly was given the honour in voting done by the Football Reporters of Canada and eight head coaches.
While gracious in the award, Reilly admitted it wasn’t what he wanted while in Ottawa for Grey Cup festivities.
“I pictured this with 80 players who were responsible for me being on this stage,” Reilly said. “In 2015, I wasn’t on this stage but I was standing on the stage that mattered (receiving Grey Cup trophy).
“To the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts, you guys have the chance to be on the stage together and that’s what we play for. My biggest regret is not having my guys here with me.”
The 32 year old Reilly led the CFL in passing yards this season with 5,830 while tying Ottawa’s Trevor Harris for most TD passes with 30. He also ran for 12 TD’s.
Reilly beat out Toronto quarterback Ricky Ray to win the award.
On Sunday, the Calgary Stampeders will play the Toronto Argonauts in the 105th Grey Cup.
62o CKRM has the game starting at 5.