Johnson gets Hall nod

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

A.J. is going to the Hall.

Former Calgary Stampeders linebacker Alondra Johnson, one of the most beloved players to ever wear the Red and White, will be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

"It's a great honour," Johnson said last night from his Los Angeles home.

"I'm so excited about it.

"You never think about it when you're playing. People will say, 'Future Hall of Famer.' But I never dreamed it would come to pass.

"But I guess dreams do come true."

After breaking in with the B.C. Lions in 1989, Johnson played 13 seasons with the Stamps, before ending his career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2004.

But there's no doubt which logo will be next to his name in the Hall.

"I'm a Stampeder, and I'm always going to be a Stampeder," Johnson said. "That's where I spent the majority of my years. My last year wasn't played with Calgary, but that's where my heart is at. It'll always be there."

Johnson, 43, spent 16 seasons in the CFL and finished his career with 1,085 tackles, which was second all-time behind Willie Pless (1,331).

The three-time CFL all-star won three Grey Cups with the Stamps (1992, 1998 and 2001) but said this latest honour might top the list.

"I guess this is the highest you can get as far as accolades in professional sports," Johnson said. "There are a lot of guys who have won Grey Cups who haven't had the opportunity to be in a Hall of Fame.

"This is the cream of the crop."

Johnson will be inducted along with long-time Stampeders director Tony Anselmo, former Stamps offensive lineman Rudy Phillips and o-lineman Jim Mills (Lions).

A fifth inductee will be revealed today.


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