We’ve already unveiled the first 30 names of the Top-75 Stampeders players of all-time. With 45 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!
Rob Cote, FB, 2007-2017
Cote joined the Stampeders in 2007 after being signed as an undrafted free agent. A local product and an alumnus of Cochrane High School, he would go on to play 179 regular-season games and also appeared in 12 West Division playoff games and four Grey Cups. He was part of championship teams in 2008 and 2014. Cote played extensively both on offence and special teams during his time with the Red and White. He had 113 career catches for 1,160 yards and 13 touchdowns, 40 carries for 143 yards and 82 special-teams tackles. Cote was twice voted by teammates as winner of the Presidents’ Ring for excellence on and off the field and he served as a team captain for six seasons. Cote was also an excellent ambassador for the team and in 2013, he was the winner of the Herm Harrison Memorial Award for community service.
Jamar Wall, DB, 2012-Present
After signing as a free agent in 2012, Wall has made an enormous impact on the Stampeders defence. The two-year team captain has not just brought a significant amount of defensive prowess to the squad, but a great deal of leadership, as well. The beloved defensive back is now in his ninth season with the Stamps, and has played in 133 regular-season games recording 416 defensive tackles, five sacks, 18 interceptions and four touchdowns – so far. The two-time CFL All-Star has also made four Grey Cup appearances, winning two of the contests, once in 2014 and again in 2018.
Harry Langford, OL, 1950-1958
The Winnipeg, MB product was also known as the ‘Iron Man’ during his time with the Red & White. And for good reason, Langford was a feared right guard over his nine-season career, including a string of 150 games straight. Langford played alongside his brother Jim Langford for three seasons with the Stamps, and earned many accolades over his time. These include winning five West-All Star honours four times (1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1958), CFL coaches All-Star in 1958, being named captain for the 1958 Shrine All-Star game in Hamilton, where he would take the title as Shrine West All-Star, as well. Most recently, Langford was inducted into the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame in 2021.
Frank Andruski, DB, 1966-1973
After being drafted in the 14th round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Andruski made the move to Canada joining the Stampeders in 1966 as defensive back. It took no time for Andruski to become one of the best CFL DBs at the time. Over his eight year span with the Stamps Andruski would record 30 interceptions (returning four of them for touchdowns), along with two touchdowns on fumble returns. He also blocked six kicks over his tenure and won a Grey Cup with the Stamps in 1971. It’s no surprise that Andruski was heavily decorated with CFL Honours, including six West-All Star selections (1967, 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1973) and three CFL All-Star nods (1967, 1968, 1971).
Joe Forzani, LB/DL, 1968-1975
The Calgary native played 122 games at linebacker and defensive end with his hometown Stampeders after joining the team in 1968. Over eight seasons Forzani would make three Grey Cup appearances, losing to Ottawa in 1968, to Montreal in 1970 and finally capturing the Grey Cup title in 1971 over Toronto. During his career Forzani intercepted 13 passes, recovered 10 fumbles and recorded one touchdown in 1975 after a 40 yard pick-six. After his final season with the Stamps in 1975, Forzani would get a CFL West All-Star nod.
Shane Bergman, OL, 2013-2019
The mountainous six-foot-seven, 345-lb left guard played six seasons for the Stampeders, only recently retiring in January of 2021. After being drafted in the sixth-round (48th-overall) in 2013 Bergman saw game action just once during his rookie campaign, but quickly proved himself as a fixture on the offensive line in the years following. Over his career with the Red & White Bergman appeared in 93 regular-season games and 10 post-season tilts – including two Grey Cup victories (2014, 2018). In his final season with the team Bergman earned West Division and CFL All-Star honours following 17 starts at left guard which helped the Stamps allow the second-fewest sacks in the CFL that year.
Willie Armstead, WR, 1976-1982
After joining the Stamps in 1976 Amrstead managed six receptions over four games in his first CFL season, but it was just the beginning of a notable seven-year stint with the squad. Armstead would go on to finish his career with 292 receptions for 5,425 yards and 50 touchdowns, including a career-high season for receiving yards, hitting 1081 in 1982. Armstead was awarded many accolades during his tenure, including three West All-Star nods (1978, 1979, 1982) and winning CFL All-Star honours in 1979.
Alondra Johnson, LB, 1991-2003
After two seasons in BC, Johnson joined the Stampeders for the 1991 season and would become the ‘heart of the defence’ over his 13 year run with the team. A three-time CFL All-Star, Johnson finished his career with 1,095 tackles, 45 sacks, and 17 interceptions. Winning three Grey Cup championships with the Stampeders, Johnson was honored with inductions to both the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2009) and the Calgary Stampeders Wall of Fame (2010).
Willie Burden, RB, 1974-1982
A free agent signing in September of 1974, Burden would become an immediate success in Calgary with 541 yards and 3 touchdowns in six games. He followed up that performance by setting a new CFL single-season rushing record with 1,896 yards in 1975 (record would stand until Mike Pringle broke the record in 1994), winning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player award. After an eight-year career and 8,903 rushing and receiving yards, Burden was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Sugarfoot Anderson, DE/DB, 1948-1954
Definitely the most ‘famous’ Stampeder on this list, Ezzerett ‘Sugarfoot’ Anderson was known well for both his football accolades and his Hollywood exploits. During his six-year term with Calgary, he caught 116 passes for 1,576 yards, while playing on the defensive line as well. He was part of the team’s first ever Grey Cup Championship in 1948, a 12-7 win over the Ottawa Rough Riders. His iconic double-zero was inducted into the Stampeders Wall of Fame in 1990.