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.
Miles Gorrell: Gorrell was a terrific CFL offensive lineman for a staggering 18 years. He spent time with Calgary, Ottawa, the Montreal Concordes, Hamilton, Winnipeg and Hamilton again, and he finished his career as the fourth-longest tenured player in league history with 321 games played. He was named the East Division's top lineman in 1986 and 1989 and was a key part of Hamilton's 1986 Grey Cup victory.
Dan Ferrone: Another outstanding offensive lineman, Ferrone played 213 CFL games from 1981-1992. He mostly shone with the Argonauts, playing with them from 1981-1988 and 1990-1992, but also spent time with Calgary. Ferrone was a 10-year captain for the Argos and won Grey Cups with them in 1983 and 1991. After his retirement, he led the CFL Players' Association from 1993-2002.
Jake Ireland: Ireland's one of the most famous referees in CFL history. He officiated 555 games across 29 seasons and worked 16 Grey Cups, including four straight in the late 1980s. He currently heads up the CFL's video replay division.
Don Loney: Loney had one of the most remarkable CIS coaching careers, putting up a 133-31-2 record at St. Francis Xavier that included nine conference titles and a national title. He was behind the 1960 creation of the Atlantic Bowl, which became a national semifinal (it's since been replaced by the Uteck Bowl), and he was also a key figure in the creation of the Canadian College Bowl (what's now the Vanier Cup). The Atlantic University Sport championship game is named the Loney Bowl in his honour.