Burris finally getting recognition

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:32 PM ET

Ken-Yon Rambo hopes this isn't just a one-week acknowledgment of greatness.

Henry Burris was named the CFL offensive player of the week Tuesday for the first time this season.

So Rambo wonders if maybe this is the year the Calgary Stampeders quarterback will finally get the recognition he deserves.

How can the best player on the best team not be named the CFL's most outstanding player?

"You have to ask the (voters)," Rambo said. "Look at his numbers and you look at everybody else's and you just ask why?

"If you don't get a good answer, something is wrong. There must be some kind of hatred in there. I'm not worrying about it.

"Hank never gets as much credit as he deserves. He's a baller."

When football observers talk about Burris, they often focus on what he isn't and not what he has become. They will talk about the interceptions, the fumbles and poor decisions.

Most of those things are well in the past, but Burris still carries that reputation around for some reason.

This year, it will be much the same. Burris will have to pass for multiple touchdowns the rest of this way to make people forget about the INTs.

Although Burris has 23 TDs in helping the Stamps build a 9-1 record -- putting him on pace for a career-best 41 -- his 14 interceptions also put him in the league lead in that category.

Take away four- and three-INT games in Toronto and B.C., respectively, and his numbers look much more impressive.

Still, it took until he threw for 404 yards and two TDs plus ran for two majors, as well, that he won offensive player of the week.

"It's almost like I need to be Superman," Burris said. "I'm fine with it. I know how the media outlets (in the East) are compared with the guys in the West who really know football.

"We know how it is out East. They vote for favourites. The cutest girl in the classroom.

"I don't focus on it. I just want to continue to do what we're doing. It's just like 2008. There are certain things we can't control. We can control our fate so that's what we focus on."

In 2008, Burris was nominated as the West Division MOP but he lost the league award to Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

During that season, Burris' Stamps beat the Alouettes twice head to head, but Calvillo had four more passing TDs than Burris did.

It didn't matter to voters that Burris numbers improved when he faced better competition and that Calvillo padded his stats in a weaker division.

Burris proved that year he could win the big game by leading his team past Calvillo's in being named Grey Cup MVP.

This season, Burris is on another torrid pace and his team is easily the best in the CFL once again.

"The best thing about Henry is he's improved," said Stamps quarterbacks coach Dave Dickenson.

"When you've been in the league for 10 years and you are 35, sometimes it's not easy to improve. He's improved this year.

"Maybe the start wasn't ideal. There are new things we're challenging him with and I'm really happy with his progress."

As always, Burris just wants his team to be acknowledged as the best, which is what happened in 2008 when they won the title.

"It's more important to me that our offence is getting recognized," Burris said.

"I can't do it by myself. It's good our guys are getting the recognition for what they are doing. We're coming together at a good time. We know there is room for improvement and that's our focus."


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