Greatest Stamp of All-time

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HENRY BURRIS

Quarterback, 1998,'99, 2005-present

Key Stat: Stamps' career leader in passing yards

With 479 yards against the Eskimos in Edmonton last week, Burris leaped past legend Doug Flutie's franchise passing mark with 20,792 as a Stampeder. Flutie notched 20,313 with the Red and White from 1992-95.

Some people want to take away from Smilin' Hank's accomplishment because he's been a Stamp so much longer than Flutie after serving two terms in the Red & White.

But they've played in the same number of games (64), and Burris has actually attempted fewer passes.

By the end of this season, Burris should pass Flutie in franchise marks for completions (1,438), attempts (2,383), and touchdown passes (140) -- No. 1 is just six scores shy of that last milestone.

In fact, Burris has thrown three fewer interceptions despite his detractors pointing to turnovers as his biggest flaw.

Changing his style from a risk-taker to a game manager is what has made the Spiro, Okla., native one of the greatest Stamps, but he can still bomb the ball.

Leading his team to a Grey Cup last fall shot him into the 'winner' category when talking about CFL QBs.

JEFF GARCIA

Quarterback, 1994-98

Key stat: Named all-star every year as a starter

McMahon Stadium was a quarterback factory in the 1990s, and Jeff Garcia was one of the prized graduates.

Garcia spent three and a half seasons as the Stampeders' starting signal-caller, landing on the West Division all-star squad four times before bolting for the NFL.

How good was Garcia? The gunslinger from Gilroy, Calif., replaced injured Doug Flutie midway through the '95 season and was so impressive, some fans argued he deserved to keep the starting job after Flutie returned.

Garcia sits third on the Stamps' all-time passing charts with 111 touchdown passes and fourth with 16,449 yards.

EARL LUNSFORD

Running back, 1956, 1959-63

Key stat: Stamps' all-time leader in rushing TDs with 55

Nicknamed Earthquake, bruising fullback Earl Lunsford bowled over his fair share of defenders in six seasons with the Stamps.

Lunsford was a three-time recipient of the CFL's most outstanding player award. His 55 career rushing touchdowns is a franchise record and he ranks second on the all-time charts with 6,994 yards.

Lunsford's most memorable outing with the Stamps came Sept. 3, 1962, when the native of Stillwater, Okla., made five trips to the endzone against the archrival Edmonton Eskimos, establishing a franchise record that still stands.

JOHN HELTON

Defensive lineman, 1969-78

Key stat: Nine-time CFL all-star

Before Will Johnson, Stu Laird and Joe Fleming, there was John Helton.

The Stampeders' -- maybe the league's -- most dominant defensive lineman in the 1970s, Helton used a deadly mix of speed, agility and strength to terrorize running backs and quarterbacks alike during his nine seasons with the Red & White.

He bolted to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1979, but made his mark as a Stamp.

Statistics weren't big back then on defence, but the former Arizona State Sun Devils star certainly made his presence known when he was in the trenches.

Earning the league's most outstanding lineman award in 1972 and the most outstanding defensive player award in 1974, Helton's biggest prize was the Grey Cup in 1971.

ALLEN PITTS

Slotback, 1990-2000

Key stat: Stamps' all-time touchdown leader with 117

Arguably the best receiver ever to lace up shoes in the CFL, Pitts is hands-down the most dynamic to ever catch a ball for the Stamps.

The product of Tucson, Ariz., helped the team reach the Grey Cup game five times in an 11-season career -- winning the mug twice in 1992 and '98.

In just his third season, he became the first receiver to record back-to-back 100-catch campaigns. Owner of nearly every franchise record for his position, Pitts' 2,036 receiving yards in 1994 still stands as the CFL single-season benchmark.

The Hall-of-Famer out of Cal State Fullerton was at his best in '94 while catching passes from Doug Flutie. Pitts punched in 21 touchdowns to go with those 126 receptions for the amazing 2,036-yard total that season.

DOUG FLUTIE

Quarterback, 1992-95

Key stat: Tossed 140 TDs in four seasons

Doug Flutie didn't waste any time rewriting the Stampeders record books.

Despite spending just four seasons with the Red & White, the slippery pivot still holds the franchise record with 140 career touchdown strikes through the air and owns the majority of Calgary's single-game passing marks.

The Stampeders' current quarterback and face of the franchise, Henry Burris, needed five and a half seasons as a starter to bump Flutie into second spot in franchise history with 20,551 all-time passing yards.

During his stint with the Stampeders, Flutie won the CFL's most outstanding player award three times.

He was also named Grey Cup MVP in 1992, when he tossed for 480 yards and two majors in a 24-10 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

ALONDRA JOHNSON

Linebacker, 1991-2003

Key stat: 1,084 regular-season defensive tackles, good for second on CFL's all-time list.

Back-to-back President's Ring honours in 2001 and 2002 tell you how beloved Johnson was to his Stampeders teammates.

Fans felt the same way about the California-born middle linebacker who always seemed to be around the ball.

AJ spent 13 spectacular seasons with the Stamps, winning three Grey Cups and taking part in three other title games. Johnson set a championship record with his 27 total tackles (23 on defence) in those appearances.

In 19 career playoff games, Johnson racked up 90 total tackles, two sacks, seven tackles for losses, a pair of interceptions, a pass knockdown and a forced fumble.

WAYNE HARRIS

Linebacker, 1961-72

Key stat: Four-time top lineman

For a dozen seasons, Wayne Harris was a fixture on the Stampeders defence.

Nicknamed Thumper, the hard-hitting linebacker was named to the West Division all-star squad in 11 consecutive seasons and was an All-Canadian eight times.

He was a four-time recipient of the CFL's most outstanding lineman award.

Although CFL officials didn't keep track of tackles and sacks during Harris' heyday, the pride of Hampton, Ark., made a name for himself in the categories that were counted. He ranks among the Stamps' all-time leaders in interceptions (28) and forced fumbles (24).

WILLIE BURDEN

Running back, 1974-81

Key Stat: Stamps' single-season rushing record with 1,896 yards

No longtime Stamps fan could forget what Willie Burden accomplished in 1975.

Although far from a one-year wonder, Burden made his biggest statement in his first full season, when he was named the CFL's most outstanding player on the heels of his record 1,896 yards on the ground -- an accomplishment that stood as a CFL record for nearly 20 years.

He carried the ball 1,242 times over eight seasons, rumbling for 6,234 career yards.

TOM FORZANI

Receiver, 1973-83

Key stat: 8,285 receiving yards

Tom Forzani was far from the fastest or the flashiest receiver to ever suit up in Red & White, but few pass-catchers have been as consistent.

Although he never hit the 1,000-yard mark in a single season, Forzani quietly racked up 8,285 receiving yards and made 62 trips to the endzone during an 11-year stint with his hometown team.

Forzani retired as Calgary's career leader in touchdowns (62), receptions (553) and receiving yards (8,285), and still sits second in all three categories, trailing only Allen Pitts.


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