Burris named CFL's top player

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:27 PM ET

EDMONTON — Two years later, Henry Burris finally has the CFL most outstanding player award he thought he deserved.

He would probably trade this one for a chance to play Sunday in the 98th Grey Cup at Commonwealth Stadium.

Burris led the Calgary Stampeders to the league’s top offence, throwing for 4,945 yards and 38 touchdowns.

In 2008, Burris led the Stamps to the league’s best record, just as he did this season at 13-5, but lost the MOP to Montreal Alouettes pivot Anthony Calvillo.

This time, Burris takes the award, but now Calvillo still has a chance to win the Grey Cup Sunday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Two years ago, Burris and Sandro DeAngelis were shut out of the major awards and felt slighted, then both went on to beat the Als in the Grey Cup. Burris was the MVP and DeAngelis the most outstanding Canadian during the championship game.

Burris wasn’t alone in his celebration Thursday night although one teammate also lost.

Left tackle Ben Archibald took home the CFL’s most outstanding lineman award, while safety Wes Lysack won the Tom Pate Memorial. That award is given to a player who distinguishs themselves from their peers, and Lysack does work with the Canadian Cancer Foundation.

Linebacker Juwan Simpson, though, was a runner-up to Hamilton’s Markeith Knowlton for most outstanding defensive player.

Riders receiver Andy Fantuz was named most outstanding Canadian after leading the CFL with 1,380 yards on 87 receptions.

Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian took home most outstanding rookie, while Toronto Argonauts returner Chad Owens is the most outstanding special teams player.

Owens was a unanimous selection, getting all 60 first-place votes. All six players are first-time winners.


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