February 23, 2013
Dick Thornton deserves call to the hall
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By STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

CFL great Dick Thornton. (QMI AGENCY files)

Dick Thornton was passed over again for the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

I wish someone would tell me why.

The Thornton I saw, the player I remember, starred on defence, sometimes played receiver, and more than once came off the bench to take a snap at quarterback when the CFL was far deeper in American talent than it is today.

But every year, players without his resume, his talent, his flare for the game, wind up elected. One year in Winnipeg, Thornton scored four touchdowns as a defensive player: Only one player in football history, either side of border, has had more.

When he retired, Thornton had scored more defensive touchdowns than any CFL player in history, more touchdowns in a single game and single season, than anyone before him.

He was a five-time all-star, three-time all-Canadian. How he has gotten lost while just about every year somebody’s buddy gets inducted because he played a long time is plainly wrong.



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