Famed Hamilton receiver Earl Winfield (1) is one of this year's Hall Of Fame inductees.The 2013 class of inductees into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame was announced Thursday, and it includes plenty of notable names. Players Dan Ferrone, Brian Fryer, Miles Gorrell and Earl Winfield are being inducted this year as well as builders Jake Ireland and Don Loney (Loney is being honoured posthumously). Here's some information on each of this year's Hall of Fame class.
Earl Winfield: Winfield might be the name here who's most recognizable to the casual CFL fan, as he was a lights-out star at wide receiver for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1987-1997. He came to Hamilton following a great college career with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, where he recorded a then-school-record 107 receptions in four seasons. Over his 11 CFL seasons, Winfield made 573 catches for 10,119 yards and 75 touchdowns. One of his most notable games came Sept. 5, 1988 in a Labour Day Classic game against Toronto, where he scored touchdowns three different ways (a 101-yard punt return TD, a 100-yard kick return TD and a pass reception TD), a feat unprecedented in CFL history. Here's video of that:
Brian Fryer: Another excellent receiver, Fryer is being honoured chiefly for his remarkable CIS career. He was a three-time Canada West all-star with the University of Alberta and was the first Canadian university receiver to have a 1000-yard receiving season, especially notable considering that he only became a full-time receiver in the third season university career. He put up plenty of impressive receiving stats across a variety of categories, finishing second in Canada West history in receptions, receiving yards, receiving yards in a season and receptions in a season, and he set the receiving yards in a game record with 227. He also scored five all-purpose touchdowns in a single 1973 game in the university ranks. He was only the second Canadian drafted by the NFL out of a Canadian university, and after a stint with the Washington Redskins, went on to find CFL success with the Edmonton Eskimos as part of the dynasty that won five straight Grey Cups from 1978-1982.
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