Talk about quality

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

Six weeks back, Henry Burris piped up, hinting the CFL's weekly awards voters might not be giving the Calgary Stampeders the respect they deserve.

They heard you Henry, loud and clear.

The Stamps signal-caller was named the league's offensive player of the week yesterday for the second time in a month and a half, and Burris wasn't sniping at the judging panel this time.

"Sometimes, I get a chip on my shoulder, even though I'm known as Smilin' Hank," he shrugged.

"Anything to help motivate my guys. The thing is, I go out there and play for my team -- I put my body and my life on the line for my team every game -- and that's just the name of the game.

"You do things just to help your team be successful. If saying something every now and then gets peoples' attention, then, hey, so be it."

With the Stampeders hosting the streaking Winnipeg Blue Bombers last Saturday at McMahon Stadium, Burris let his numbers do the talking. The veteran pivot torched the Bombers secondary, completing 28 of 36 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns.

Burris, who leads the Stampeders (11-5) into Hamilton tomorrow (5:30 p.m., TSN) to face the Tiger-Cats (3-13), was in pass-first mode again yesterday, dishing out credit the same way he distributes the ball.

"It just shows that our offence went out there and did some great things," Burris said. "Our offensive line did a great job protecting and the skill guys did a great job making plays ...

"It goes to those guys. I'm just out there. I'm just one part of the cog."

Burris becomes just the fourth CFL star to double up on offensive player of the week honours this season, joining Edmonton Eskimos gun- slinger Ricky Ray, who has won the award three times, and Montreal Alouettes teammates Anthony Calvillo and Avon Cobourne.

But Nik Lewis isn't satisfied yet. The Stamps slotback figures CFL brass better keep the awards coming.

"(Burris) still hasn't got what he deserves," Lewis said. "He deserves an MVP, MOP, whatever you want to call it. That's what he deserves."

The nominees for the CFL's major annual awards will likely be announced next week, and Burris is considered a shoo-in to be the Stamps' choice for most outstanding player. The 33-year-old has already set career-highs in passing yards (4,702) and touchdown strikes (36), and boasts a personal-best 104.5 QB rating. Detractors point out Burris has an unmatched arsenal of weapons at his disposal -- star receivers Ken-Yon Rambo, Jeremaine Copeland and Lewis and CFL rushing leader Joffrey Reynolds headline the list -- but his teammates insist Hank's impact shouldn't be overlooked.

"If you give us a crap quarterback, we're not going to go out and move the ball," Lewis said. "The quarterback runs the offence. If you look at every team in the CFL, the best teams have the good quarterbacks -- they have the best quarterbacks. So there you have it."

EXTRA POINTS

Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Renauld Williams was named the CFL's defensive player of the week, while Riders kicker Luca Congi is the special teams player of the week. B.C. Lions receiver Paris Jackson was recognized as last week's top Canadian.


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