A punter, a quarterback, a receiver, a defensive end and a builder.
Not a bad quintet for the 2010 Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Bob Cameron, Tracy Ham, Donald Narcisse, Elfrid Payton and Joe Pistilli will be inducted at a ceremony this summer in Hamilton, it was announced on Tuesday.
Cameron played for 23 years for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, setting a league record along the way for most consecutive games at 353. He won three Grey Cups, and when he retired in 2002, held most of the CFL’s punting records.
Ham, in 1989, became the first quarterback to rush for more than 1,000 yards, and during a career from 1987-99, played for four teams, including the Argonauts. In 1995, Ham made history when he led the Baltimore Stallions to a Grey Cup title, helping Baltimore to become the only U.S.-based team to win the Cup. Ham remains second on the CFL’s career list for rushing yards by a quarterback, with 8,043.
Narcisse spent 13 years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, starting in 1987. A four-time all-Canadian all-star, Narcisse held the record of 216 consecutive games with at least one reception when he retired. In 1989, he had a touchdown as the ’Riders won the Grey Cup in Toronto against Hamilton.
From 1991-2004, Payton became one of the worst enemies of CFL quarterbacks, playing for six teams.
When he walked away from the game, his 154 sacks were second-most in CFL history, and his 52 sacks with the Montreal Alouettes were a team record. Payton won two Grey Cups.
Pistilli goes in as a builder, as he was an integral member of all levels of junior football for 42 years. He served a number of roles with Football Canada, and in 1986, received a National Award of Merit from the CFL and Football Canada for his service to amateur football.