So of current players and newly retired whom do you see as likely Hall of Famers
Ricky Ray- I'm sure most see him as a lock?
Mike Reilly-needs to play well a bit longer-4 more years?
Bo Levi Mitchell-could become legendary. Still in his 20's. And many are sick of him already. But in my books he's a great one. Kind of surprised he hasn't gone NFL.
Solomon Eliminian- great career still going. First defender to win MOP. 2x defensive player of year.
Jon Cornish- 9 year career but smaller window of starting. But he was dominant. First Canadian to win MOP in decades. Rushing leader 3 consecutive years. Probably the most dominant Canadian player in history in his shortened career.
Chip Cox (I think he's retired) - Great 10 year career. Defensive player of year. 3x CFL all star. Top defender on many Als championship teams
I agree with all of the above, except I wouldn't call Glenn a shoe-in. The fact that there have been recent articles and threads debating whether he belongs proves that there is at least an argument that he doesn't - hence not a "shoe-in". (Please let's not re-start the debate here.) Oh - also I'm not sure about Chip Cox, but that's mainly based on personal taste.
I think Fantuz is on the bubble. I recall seeing that he is now among the top 4 or 5 Canadian receivers of all time. And he'd be one higher if you remove anyone born and raised in Utah. But he's a little light on awards, all-star appearances and 1,000-yd seasons.
Mike Reilly - Too early. Has not done enough so far.
Bo Levi Mitchell - Too early. Has not done enough so far.
Ricky Ray - First ballot hall of famer.
Solomon Eliminian - Almost there if he quit today.
Jon Cornish - A genuine hall of famer.
Chip Cox- A genuine hall of famer.
Other recent players who have retired who have a strong case.
Kevin Glenn DOES not belong in the hall of fame. He is a "compiler". He compiled good stats from playing for a long time. He was NEVER great. He was a great backup on some very good teams, or a mediocre starter on some bad teams.
If Kevin Glenn makes it into the HOF, close the HOF up and open a wiener and beans stand.
As a TiCats guy, I would be thrilled if Joe Zuger was inducted into the CFHoF
3 Grey Cup rings, 1967 Grey Cup MVP
Played QB, DB, and punter, playing his entire career as a TiCat
In his 1st game as QB he passed for a team record 572 passing yards and a league record eight touchdowns passes
Zuger, as a punter recorded a league record 45.5-yard punting average over his career. Three times, he averaged over 48 yards-per-punt over a season and had punts of over 80 yards at least four times, including one of 85 yards in 1968.
Yeah it is interesting. I grew up in Edmonton actually and older Eskie fans revered Oscar Kruger.
Apparently he was a massive hitter at safety and lived in E his whole life and taught school there as well. For whatever reason Edmonton has remained home for a huge number of past Edmonton players, both Canadians and imports.
No doubt Hugo should be there. Hell he should be a movie.
There are a number of players from the past who should be in the Hall, and a number in it who IMO are less meritorious than that group. Just to name a few -- this is admittedly Argo-centric:
Hank Ilesic (Bob Cameron is in; Ilesic was better)
Carl Brazley (illustrious career that spanned two distinct eras from early 1980s to early 1990s)
Terry Greer and Mervyn Fernandez (the two most feared receivers of the 1980s. The fact both were good enough to jump to the NFL should not be held against them -- "they didn't have enough longevity" doesn't hold water considering both played as many years in Canada as Warren Moon)