January 5, 2017

Pitts was key cog in 1992 team

Allen Pitts starred from the Stamps from 1990-2000 (File photo)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Stampeders’ 1992 Grey Cup championship squad.

In the coming months, we’ll be taking a look back at the squad that snapped the Stamps’ 21-year title drought and the cast of characters responsible for the conquest.

We start with Hall-of-Famer Allen Pitts.

Allen Pitts starred from the Stamps from 1990-2000 (File photo)

Allen Pitts
Number: 18
Position: Receiver
College: Cal-State Fullerton
In 1992: 28 years old, 3rd season with Stamps
Regular season: 103 catches, 1,591 yards, 13 touchdowns
Grey Cup: 7 catches, 75 yards, 1 touchdown

Allen Pitts was still in the relatively early stages of his career in 1992 but already he had established a pattern of greatness.

The lanky receiver hauled in 103 catches that year, making him the first player in CFL history to crack triple digits in receptions in back-to-back years (he had registered 118 receptions in 1991). Amazingly, after just three seasons with the Red and White at the end of 1992, Pitts had already entered the Stamps’ top 10 in career receptions — his 286 catches at that time put him eighth all-time in franchise history.

In his first two seasons in Calgary, Pitts partnered primarily with Danny Barrett but he also caught passes from Rick Worman, Terrence Jones, Tom Porras, Steve Taylor and Gilbert Renfroe.

But the 1992 campaign saw the debut of one of the most dynamic quarterback-receiver duos in CFL history as Doug Flutie took over as the man under centre.

A couple of years later, Pitts produced a season for the ages with Flutie’s assistance as he had 126 catches for 2,036 yards and 21 touchdowns. All still stand as single-season records for the Stamps.

But back to 1992, Pitts’ 103 catches for 1,591 yards and 13 majors on the receiving end of Flutie tosses made him a West Division and CFL all-star.

In the West final against Edmonton, Pitts turned in one of the key plays in the Stamps’ comeback win over the Eskimos. With Calgary down six points and less than a minute to go, Pitts made a huge 39-yard reception that allowed the Stamps to convert a second down and get Calgary to the Edmonton 15-yard line. Three plays later, Flutie found the end zone, the extra point was converted and the Stamps were on their way to the Grey Cup.

Pitts had seven receptions in the championship game against Winnipeg including a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that essentially iced the game.