Ben Cahoon said the Grey Cups he won were his favourite CFL memories.REGINA—On some levels, Ben Cahoon was the unlikeliest of CFL stars. Who would have imagined that a 5'9'', 185-pound slotback from Orem, Utah by way of BYU would turn into one of Canadian football's all-time greatest receiving threats? Cahoon pulled that off, though, putting up an incredible 13-year career with the Montreal Alouettes that saw him win three Grey Cups, earn three league all-star nods and set a CFL record with 1,017 career receptions (which stood until Geroy Simon broke it this year). That career saw him become part of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame's newest class Friday night, and he said while it wasn't the football stardom he'd initially envisioned growing up, it proved out to be beyond his dreams.
"It was a dream come true to make a professional football team," Cahoon said. "Every single day I tried not to take that for granted, I tried to go out there and grind, every single day, every single practice to earn my keep. It was a dream to play professional football. I can't see I dreamed of playing for the Montreal Alouettes, but it turned out to be a dream career. I'm really fortunate."
Cahoon said he was thrilled to get the call from the Hall.
"It's fantastic to be honoured, to get to this point," he said. "It was surprising and shocking."Read More »from New Hall of Fame inductee Ben Cahoon on how his football dreams came true in Montreal