Ok, so Allen gets mentioned because of records which is because of longevity. However, statwise, based on seasonal average, he is not top 5. Also, keeping in mind how the game has changed and the fact that seasons went from 16 to 18 games, later QBs have stat advantage.
Having said that, I think, take Allans name out and put in one of your honourable mentions. I think either Jackson or Echeverry. Parker should be honorable mention as well.
Allen is top 5 without a doubt. He is third all-time in CFL rushing, and has still racked up almost 70K yards. And it's also an accomplishment just to play that long..and add to the fact the GC's he's won, and how quickly he heals, and that he can throw with his right or left hand, and that at 42 years of age, is still one of the elite QBs in the CFL. He has those stats because he is the best.
Works for me. I would only admit to putting Allen in top 10 though. Our problem is that we are not familiar enough with past greats. The thing is, if you were drafting teams in the afterlife with everyone in there prime, and you were draft in the top 5, would you really take Allen if the goal was immediate production, and not lifetime production.
For me, I think
Head, which includes some guessing since I didnt actually see them all
I dont think he was ever an all star, but he was better than some and I really liked him. Even if he wasnt a running QB which I usually prefer. There was just something about him, specially in lion uniform.