Kent Austin to be considered for Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Kent Austin will finally get his chance to make the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Executive director Mark DeNobile confirmed Friday that Austin has been nominated by an anonymous member of the public and therefore will be considered by the hall’s selection committee this year. It doesn’t guarantee he’ll be enshrined — the three-stage process by which players are selected is truly Byzantine — but at least he’ll have an opportunity to get in.

He’s got a strong case. Austin, who spent 10 years with Saskatchewan, B.C., Toronto and Winnipeg, is currently 12th all-time in career passing yards with 36,030. Every player above Austin on that list is either already in the Hall of Fame (Anthony Calvillo, Damon Allen, Ron Lancaster) or likely on the way there (Ricky Ray, Henry Burris.)

There are also several players already in the hall that have lesser passing totals than Austin, including Dieter Brock, Condredge Holloway, Russ Jackson, Bernie Faloney, Dave Dickenson and Warren Moon.

While career passing yards aren’t the only measure, Austin has some other strong numbers: the second-highest yardage total in a season (and the ninth) as well as the fifth-highest per game passing yard average. He won two Grey Cup titles as a player.

So, what’s Austin missing? Personal accolades like Most Outstanding Player awards and all-star nods, which are also taken into account. During Austin’s four of five best seasons from 1990 to 1994, he was bested for those honours by fellow quarterback Doug Flutie, considered one of the best players in the history of the game.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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47 Comments on Kent Austin to be considered for Canadian Football Hall of Fame

  1. He deserves to be in the Hall

  2. Pennyrocker // April 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm //

    Love the photo another Rider QB remembered.
    Course over the years the Tabbies have relied on experience Riders to lead the way.

  3. mr62cats // April 8, 2018 at 1:28 pm //

    They have a category for coaches who quit?

    • Tiger man // April 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm //

      What about those who complain …then get what they want…and still complain….

      Gee…that sounds like you…

  4. Wingback // April 8, 2018 at 1:42 pm //

    I think he deserves to be there. Certainly more than some that already are.

  5. Rider4life // April 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm //

    Yep he should be inducted as 4 grey cups and 2 of them with the RIDERS along with one of 4 qbs to pass over 6000 yrds on one season

  6. Scottsask // April 8, 2018 at 1:51 pm //

    Hall of Fame for Jerks. I met Mr. Austin at a Christian Athelete hockey camp in 1990, he could not have been a bigger arrogant prick. By far the nicest athelete we met was linebacker Tuenieu Alipate who went on the play for the New York Jets. He has all the time in the world for the kids there……unlike Mr. Austin.

    • That was 28 years ago, he may not be an arrogant prick anymore. In fact my brother-in-law met him at a kids football practice a couple of years ago in Hamilton, his kid was there at the same time.
      He couldn’t have been nicer and they never talked about the CFL or the Ticats, just kids/parents stuff.

      Maybe it’s you that was being an “a” hole and he ignored you. Anyone that meets someone briefly 28 years ago and then forms an opinion that he’s “arrogant” and therefore shouldn’t go to the hall of fame has some serious problems

  7. There was one year where he had more passing yards and TD’s than Flutie and was named CFL all-star but Flutie got the MOP nod. He deserves to be in the HOF.

  8. Scottsask // April 8, 2018 at 1:56 pm //

    I have a feeling that the entire team that quit on him last year feels the same way. Hard to believe that after almost 30 years that’s what I remember about that man. He was the only one that didn’t sign autographs. Very hypocritical after speaking to us about his faith. The man is a fraud, s leadt that was my experience.

    • Get over it!! you saw him 30 years ago and he didn’t sign an autograph for you………….boo hoo
      Yea bring that up to the hall of fame committee and they will put a stop to it

  9. Scottsask // April 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm //

    Turns out first impressions mean quite a bit.

  10. BOB DIXON // April 8, 2018 at 2:09 pm //

    Kent had a wonderful CFL career, should be in the CFL hall of fame,
    without a doubt!

  11. BOB DIXON, there is no such things as the CFL Hall of Fame!!

  12. Scottsask // April 8, 2018 at 2:19 pm //

    All bitterness and contempt aside, I can’t take anything away from him as a player. He was a star on a team that didn’t have as much talent at times. He did have some good receivers. Elgaard, Fairholm and Narcisse come to mind.

    • You see Scottsask, for one person on here it doesn’t matter that you met the man and formulated an opinion based upon your interaction with him. You even indicated that you couldn’t take away from his play. But in a shallow mind it’s because he didn’t sign autographs, and all of our fans don’t want him in the Hall ? Puzzling what goes on in that “mind” of his.

  13. Zuger needs to be In Hall Now.As a builder.Player/G.M -9 or 10 Grey Cups-Participations. Best Punter of his era-Grey Cup MVP-Record for Td’s in game 8-Played Db also. Was Punting when was starting Qb. This is a Shame.

  14. CFL family // April 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm //

    Riderfans don’t want Austin in the HOF because he was mean to you if you ask for an autograph??? If this isn’t proof riderfan need their egos and fandom constantly stroked I don’t know what does!!!

    • Ridersnhabs // April 9, 2018 at 12:01 am //

      Ok I’m just curious at how you think and please enlighten me . You used the term rider fans as in plural yet you directed your comment to one person . Is that how you are with everything in your life ? If someone committed a crime in a city the entire city is to blame ? You are very narrow minded. Grow up

  15. Scottsask // April 8, 2018 at 2:55 pm //

    Duron Carter will sign autographs, then take you to a movie. Checkmate.

    • CFL family // April 8, 2018 at 3:09 pm //

      Yeah and he also has a history of bad behavior, criminal behavior, is an attention whore and hasn’t accomplished jack squat in the CFL

  16. Scottsask // April 8, 2018 at 3:36 pm //

    Double checkmate! It’s just too easy isn’t it Yup?

  17. Everyone // April 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm //

    C F Family has no family as evidence by his idiocy

  18. Scottsask // April 8, 2018 at 3:43 pm //

    …..and that’s a wrap! Have a pleasant Sunday!

    • Hmm….”deflect the attacks” So has he just admitted to bring a troll ?

      • Wingback // April 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm //

        actually… I said “deflect WITH attacks” not “deflect THE attacks”- I think my 6 year old niece will learn the difference in school tomorrow.

        • As long as she doesn’t pick up anything from uncle dingbat I’m sure she will be fine

  19. Wingback // April 8, 2018 at 3:52 pm //

    As usual, you guys avoid the topic and deflect with attacks. So typical- so ridernation

  20. Austin is a Grey Cup winning QB and coach. Has had a long successful career in the CFL when one adds up his playing, coaching and executive roles in the league. Sounds like a NO BRAINER to me. Vote him in – simple as that.

    • Have to agree with you Jim. Played on 4 teams, coached 4, won Grey Cups with 3….pretty much sums it up.

  21. bigplay // April 8, 2018 at 4:45 pm //

    Wingback Austin won a Cup as Argos OC I think it was 2004.With that said I am Skeptical Austin’s Ego will fit in the Hall they might have to add some extra space!

  22. Clum Lee // April 8, 2018 at 7:54 pm //

    Extraordinary CFL Super Star player Duron Carter will be in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame after his career. He’s all world athlete in another world stratosphere player talent.

  23. What about Joe Zuger, he did more for the team and the league than Austin has, and he is not in the hall. How about him first?

  24. My only question is if he gets in will he invite Stala?

  25. I think Austin deserves to be in the Hall as a player.

    Let’s not forget he was got hurt in the 1994 WDF with BC vs Doug FLutie and the Stamps in the snow and ice in Calgary and Danny McManus came in and gave us some of the greatest football in CFL history. If not for Austin, there’d been no set up for Danny Mac to come into and win the game and later the GC game.

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