The 3DownNation all-decade CFL team: specialists

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Below are the first four players to be named to the 3DownNation all-decade CFL team.

These are the unsung contributors — the specialists, players who can make a huge impact on any game without playing a down on offence or defence.

The race was tight at placekicker, a runaway at punter, and tight at long snapper where we imagine voters had a hard time assessing the candidates.

The player who finished atop the reader ballot has his name marked with an asterisk (*).

Placekicker

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Justin Medlock*

Toronto Argonauts (2010)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2011, 2014-2015)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2016-present)

129 games, 337-of-390 field goals (86.4 per cent), 332-of-338 converts (98.2 per cent)

Grey Cup champion (2019)
CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player (2016)
CFL all-star (2016)
East Division all-star (2011, 2015)
West Division all-star (2016)

Honourable mentions

1) Rene Parades
2) Paul McCallum
3) Sean Whyte

Punter

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Rob Maver*

Calgary Stampeders (2010-2019)

163 games, 921 punts, 37.3 net yard average, 45.0 gross yard average

Grey Cup champion (2012, 2018)
CFL all-star (2012, 2013)
West Division all-star (2012-2014)

Honourable mentions

1) Richie Leone
2) Justin Medlock
3) Paul McCallum

Long snapper

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Chad Rempel*

Toronto Argonauts (2010-2013)
Saskatchewan Roughriders (2014)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2015-present)

134 games

Grey Cup champion (2012, 2019)

Honourable mentions

1) Randy Chevrier
2) Martin Bedard
3) Jake Reinhart

Returner

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Brandon Banks*

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2013-present)

101 games, 478 returns, 7,412 return yards (15.5-yard average), 13 touchdowns

CFL Most Outstanding Player (2019)
CFL all-star (2014, 2014, 2018, 2019)
East Division all-star (2014-2019)

Honourable mentions

1) Stefan Logan
2) Chad Owens
3) Chris Rainey
4) Chris Williams
5) Marcus Thigpen
6) Larry Taylor

Depth chart

With our specialists in place, here is what the 3DownNation all-decade team depth chart looks like. Check back tomorrow when we release the defensive backs.