Years ago CFL team rosters were much smaller than they are today. I remember that rosters were limited to 32 players back in the 1960’s and I imagine that the maximum size allowed was probably even smaller in earlier decades. Up until the late 1960’s therefore punters and kickers were invariably position players on offence or defence who handled their hoofing duties as a sidelight.
This all changed when the British Columbia Lions unveiled Ted Gerela as their kicker in 1967. Other teams very quickly followed suit and the floodgates for specialty kickers and punters were opened.
Who though do you think were the greatest non-specialty punters or kickers of all-time in the CFL? Choose as many as a half dozen from this list:
Tommy Joe Coffey
Chester ‘Cookie’ Gilchrist
Hugh ‘Bummer’ Stirling
Jim Van Pelt
Hawley ‘Huck’ Welch