Stamps' Raymond in line for CFL community-service nod
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
Earlier this week, Calgary Stampeders halfback Keon Raymond griped about not being named a league-wide all-star.
His recognition came a couple of days later.
On Friday afternoon, Raymond was named the Stamps’ nominee for the CFLPA’s Tom Pate Award, handed out annually to the guy that best combines on-field achievements with community involvement and commitment to their team and players’ association.
Nominees are selected by their teammates, with the winner announced at the CFL awards gala during Grey Cup week.
Raymond, 28, was named a West Division all-star this season after a career-high five interceptions, but didn’t crack the league’s honour roll.
On Wednesday, he logged on to Twitter to express his disappointment, suggesting he was “robbed.”
Besides being a starter in the Stamps’ secondary, Raymond is a CFLPA player representative and makes appearances on behalf of the team at schools, churches and special events.
Bryan Crawford (Toronto), Aaron Fiacconi (Edmonton), Kevin Glenn (Hamilton), Ibrahim Khan (Winnipeg), J.R. LaRose (B.C.), Mike McCullough (Saskatchewan) and Walter Spencer (Montreal) are also nominated for the 2011 Tom Pate Award.