December 15, 2021


Three members of the Calgary Stampeders – centre Sean McEwen, defensive lineman Mike Rose, and kicker Rene Paredes – have been voted as 2021 Canadian Football League all-stars.

The all-stars were determined by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) as well as one vote from each team’s coaching staff.

It’s a fifth CFL all-star honour for Paredes, who was previously recognized in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. McEwen, a 2017 league all-star as a member of the Toronto Argonauts, is honoured for a second time while Rose is a first-time all-star.

Here’s a closer look at the all-star Stamps:

McEwen: While injuries forced shuffling at other positions on the Calgary offensive line, McEwen was a fixture at centre and started all 14 regular-season games. In addition to making all the line calls, the former University of Calgary standout served as one of the Stamps’ team captains and was the linchpin of a line that allowed the second-fewest sacks in the CFL and paved the way for tailback Ka’Deem Carey, who led all CFL running backs in rushing touchdowns.

Rose: The North Carolina State alum started 13 games at defensive tackle and was a key figure in the Stamps’ second-half resurgence as Calgary overcame a 2-5 start to claim a playoff berth. Rose led all CFL interior linemen with seven sacks and he had 24 tackles including three tackles for loss and three knockdowns.

Paredes: The 10-year veteran led the league with 155 points, 44 field goals and a 91.7-per cent success rate on three-pointers. It’s the fifth season the Concordia Stingers product has hit better than 90 per cent of his field goals and he owns the CFL record for career field-goal accuracy. Paredes twice kicked a career-high six field goals in a game this season and he had two game-winning kicks on the final play of the game – in Week 10 at Saskatchewan and in Week 16 against Winnipeg. He finished the regular season with a streak of 19 consecutive successful field goals.