November 24, 2016

Messam is top Canadian

Photo by David Moll

Calgary Stampeders tailback Jerome Messam is the Canadian Football League’s Most Outstanding Canadian for the 2016 season. The award was announced on Thursday in Toronto at the CFL’s awards gala at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The 31-year-old from Brampton, Ont., is the sixth different Calgary player to win the top Canadian award and a Stamp has taken home the honour a total of nine times. Tony Pajaczkowski (1961) was the first member of the Red and White to be named top Canadian followed by Harvey Wylie in 1962 and Terry Evanshen in 1967.

David Sapunjis was named Most Outstanding Canadian in 1993 and 1995 while Jon Cornish was the winner in three consecutive seasons — 2012, 2013 and 2014. Messam’s win means the trophy has gone to a Stamp in four of the past five seasons.

Messam, a West Division all-star, won the CFL rushing title in 2016 with a career-best 1,198 yards and led the league in rushing touchdowns with 11. He also led the league with five 100-yard games and his average of 5.8 yards per rush was tops among all players with at least 60 carries.

Messam set career highs with 54 catches and 485 receiving yards and scored twice on two-point conversions. He is a previous winner of the Most Outstanding Canadian award, taking home the honour in 2011 as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos.