We recently unveiled the first group of players to be part of the Top 75 Stampeders players of all-time. With 65 names to go, we present to you the next 10! But first, how did this list come together?
The list was created by a consensus ranking of players by long-time equipment manager George Hopkins, radio play-by-play voice Mark Stephen, Stampeders historian Daryl Slade, and Wall-of-Famer Stan Schwartz. Each member was asked to rank their Top-5 players of All-Time and then provide a list of the remaining 70. With differences among the lists, more than 100 players received acknowledgement during this process. Players were added to the list by number of votes. Forty-three players received four votes, 20 players had three votes, and 18 players had two votes, meaning that not all of the two-vote players were able to make the list. To fairly assign those final spots on the list, those two-vote players were ranked first by seasons played, followed by Grey Cups won, and finally by All-CFL team appearances.
Throughout the season, we will be unveiling the list 10 players at a time in no specific order, finishing with the Top-5 Stampeders players of All-Time. Stay tuned to see if your favourite players made the list!
Check out The First 10 players that we unveiled!
Tom Forzani, REC, 1973-1983
The middle Forzani brother played for his hometown team over the course of 11 seasons, playing in 172 games, racking up 8,285 receiving yards and 62 touchdowns. He was a CFL All-Star selection in 1977 and a West All-Star in ’73, ’74, and ’77. Tom’s number 22 was retired by the Stampeders in 1984.
Mark McLoughlin, K, 1988-2003
The 20th overall selection by the Stampeders in the 1988 CFL Draft, McLoughlin would go on to spend 16 years in Calgary and become the teams’ record holder for most points scored with 2,957 (second in CFL history behind Lui Passaglia at the time of his retirement). A three-time CFL All-Star, a five-time West All-Star, a two-time Tom Pate Memorial Award winner, and a three-time Grey Cup Champion, McLoughlin was a big player on and off the field during his run with the Stampeders. Plus, no one will ever forget his 35-yard game winner over the Tiger-Cats in the 1998 Grey Cup.
Dave Dickenson, QB, 1997-2000, 2008
Dickenson’s legacy in Calgary is still being created, but with his playing days well behind him, we can appreciate what he did while under centre. During his five years in Calgary, Dickenson was a part of two Grey Cup teams (1998 and 2008). Dickenson was a two-time West All-Star (2000, 2003) and earned a CFL All-Star nod in 2000. During his 2000 season, Dave lead the CFL in passing efficiency (114.1) and completion percentage (64.3%).
Vince Danielsen, REC, 1994-2001
In 1984, as part of a Bonus Round at the start of the CFL Draft, the Stampeders used the third overall pick to select a receiver from British Columbia – Vince Danielsen. The 6-foot-4 slotback would play eight seasons in Calgary, suiting up for 135 games and accumulating 468 receptions for 6,068 yards and 33 touchdowns. The Canadian receiver would earn West Division All-Star recognition 1998, as well as the Grey Cup’s Most Outstanding Canadian award. He would win a second Grey Cup with the Stampeders in his final season of 2001 before retiring to open a business in Calgary.
Terry Irvin, DB, 1977-1983
Terry Irvin signed as a free agent with the Stampeders in 1977 and played 7 seasons with the club. Irvin quickly became one of the top defensive backs in the West, with 7 interceptions in both 1978 and 1979, which earned him a pair of West All-Star selections. In his time with Calgary, Irvin had 34 interceptions. With 62 career interceptions in the CFL, Irvin is fourth on the All-Time Interception list behind Less Browne, Barron Miles and Larry Highbaugh.
Brandon Smith, DB, 2008-2019
A defensive back that fans will have recent memories of, Brandon Smith suited up for the Red and White over 12 seasons from 2008-2019 before hanging up the cleats. The Stamps star halfback played in 172 games, recording 656 tackles, 8 sacks, and 17 interceptions. The Oakland, CA native helped lead the Stampeders to three Grey Cups (2008, 2014, and 2018), while earning a CFL All-Star and CFL West All-Star nod in 2014.
Don Luzzi, DL, 1958-1969
Known for giving his all on every play, Luzzi compiled a phenomenal 12-year career with the Stampeders. He compiled numerous awards throughout his career, winning five West All-Stars (1958, 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1966) and three CFL All-Stars in 1962, 1963 and 1966 (there were no CFL All-Stars until 1962) as a defensive lineman. Luzzi, however, played both ways early in his career and won a pair of West All-Stars in 1958 and 1961 at offensive tackle. Those All-Star honours make Luzzi one of a rare group of players who was named an offensive and a defensive All-Star in the same season (1958).
Ray Odums, DB, 1977-1984
After beginning his career with stops across the prairies, Odums joined the Stampeders and would become a stalwart on the backend. Odums missed just one game over eight seasons with the Red and White, recording 28 interceptions along the way. In his final three seasons, the former University of Alabama cornerback was recognized as a CFL All-Star.
Dmitri Tsoumpas, OL, 2008-2009, 2010-2013
The Stampeders made a trade with Edmonton at the 2008 CFL Draft, moving up to No. 2 overall, securing Dmitri Tsoumpas with the pick. The rookie would immediately earn a starting job as the team’s right tackle and play in each and every game en route to the 2008 Grey Cup championship. His excellent freshman campaign helped him win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award. The 6-foot-4 guard would earn CFL West All-Star nods from 2009-2012, while also garnering CFL All-Star props in 2010-2012. Sadly, due to concussion issues, Tsoumpas would hang up his cleats in 2014.
Danny Barrett, QB, 1983-1985, 1989-1991, 1996
After a sub-par beginning to his career at the quarterback position, the Stampeders converted Barrett to receiver in 1985. Barrett would head for Toronto and even the USFL before resurfacing with the Stamps in 1989, where he would revert back to his natural quarterback position and establish himself as the starter for the next three seasons. He was instrumental in helping the 1991 Stampeders squad earn an appearance in the Grey Cup, where he set a CFL record for completions (34) at that time.