League all-stars unveiled

The Canadian Football league unveiled the 2017 CFL all-stars Tuesday.

The all-stars were selected by the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and the league’s head coaches.

This is the 55th year in which the CFL has named an all-atar team in recognition of the season’s best performers.

In total, 71 voters selected 27 All-Stars. 13 players are first-time all-stars in 2017 and eight Canadians.

*Indicates national player

2017 CFL ALL-STARS

Position Name Team
Quarterback Mike Reilly Edmonton Eskimos
Running Backs Andrew Harris* Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Receivers Brandon Zylstra Edmonton Eskimos
Greg Ellingson Ottawa REDBLACKS
S.J. Green Toronto Argonauts
Bryan Burnham BC Lions
Duron Carter Saskatchewan Roughriders
Centre Sean McEwen* Toronto Argonauts
Offensive Guards Brendon LaBatte* Saskatchewan Roughriders
Matt O’Donnell* Edmonton Eskimos
Offensive Tackles Stanley Bryant Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Chris Van Zeyl* Toronto Argonauts
Defensive Ends Charleston Hughes Calgary Stampeders
Willie Jefferson Saskatchewan Roughriders
Defensive Tackles Micah Johnson Calgary Stampeders
Almondo Sewell Edmonton Eskimos
Linebackers Alex Singleton* Calgary Stampeders
Solomon Elimimian BC Lions
Cover Linebacker Kenny Ladler Edmonton Eskimos
Cornerbacks Chris Randle Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Ciante Evans Calgary Stampeders
Defensive Backs Ed Gainey Saskatchewan Roughriders
T.J. Heath Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Safety Taylor Loffler* Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Kicker Rene Paredes* Calgary Stampeders
Punter Ty Long BC Lions
Special Teams Roy Finch Calgary Stampeders

TEAM BREAKDOWN

– Calgary Stampeders
– Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers,
4 – Saskatchewan Roughriders
3 – BC Lions and Toronto Argonauts
– Ottawa REDBLACKS

BY THE NUMBERS

23 – All-Stars from the West Division
4 – All-Stars from the East Division
8 – National CFL All-Stars

MULTIPLE CAREER CFL ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

5x – Almondo Sewell and Brendon LaBatte
4x – Solomon Elimimian, Andrew Harris, Charleston Hughes and Rene Paredes
3x – Stanley Bryant
2x – Duron Carter, Ciante Evans, S.J. Green, T.J. Heath, Micah Johnson, Taylor Loffler and Chris Van Zeyl.

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16 Comments on League all-stars unveiled

  1. Margaret m // December 5, 2017 at 11:14 am //

    Cfl über team should play the grey cup champions as a fundraiser. Logistics might be challenging given Argos are also represented in the all star team. But would be doable

    • Bart Oatess // December 6, 2017 at 7:05 am //

      Given that 95% of the all stars from the West, I think a more competitive game would be the BC Lions verses the East all stars. BC would be favored by about 50, but I’d tune in. Anything can happen in a snowy Grey Cup game, but it doesn’t change the fact that no Eastern team would have a snowball’s chance in hell of making the playoffs in a one division CFL.

  2. The last all-star game was in Edmonton in 1988, I was there! Good crowd too. I like the idea of these showcase games, logistically its a challenge though. Do you have the game prior to the season but risk injury to the players? Do you have the game at the end of the season and have to deal with fan and player apathy? May be a better idea to improve the CFL video game so that these kind of match-ups can happen ANYTIME. LOL.

    • Lancaster/Reed // December 5, 2017 at 6:01 pm //

      Do you remember in the 70s they had one on one skills competitions that were shown on tv during the halftime? I can remember watching Lancaster throwing to Steve Mazurak who was being defended by an all star db from another team. They would be allowed X number of throws and catches to try and score a touchdown. Just cant remember what yard line they started on. It was a good showcase of skills.

      • That brings back memories and that also gives me an interesting idea, why can’t the CFL have a skills competition similar to what the NHL has for each team? It could be at the end of training camp and could help market the players for the new season. Longest throw, fastest 40 yards, throwing accuracy, etc. The league could even declare winners for the league overall. Would be a reasonable replacement for the all-star game.

        • Lancaster/Reed // December 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm //

          The cfl also had an accuracy contest at different distances. Throw the football into a big net attached to a golf cart.

        • Lancaster/Reed // December 5, 2017 at 7:20 pm //

          Do a skills competition during cfl week . Fans can attend it live, but show the results throughout the season at halftime.

  3. More Cowbell // December 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm //

    Have you ever watched any all star game in any sport in North America?
    Complete waste of time.
    Leave the all star concept on paper only please.

  4. Agreed cowbell. A skills competition if anything, but not a meaningless game.

  5. Interesting. Ratio rules require 7 starting nationals, but 8 made the all-star team. Anyone know what previous years looked like?

    Also, this bugs me: is it REDBLACKS? RedBlacks? Redblacks? I’ve seen all 3 variants.

  6. BigRedMachine // December 6, 2017 at 9:30 am //

    Only qualm I have regarding the selections is that it seems odd to see 3 Bomber players in the secondary given that they were ranked 8th or 9th in both passing yards and passing TDs allowed.

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