The CFL launched its annual “Best in the League” video series on Tuesday, featuring prominent players picking the top performers in the league in various categories.
The fun began in the first video, where a bevy of all-stars debated the best quarterback in the CFL. Overwhelming the majority of players put their support behind Calgary Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell.
“The best quarterback, I’m giving it to my man Bo Levi,” Montreal Alouettes linebacker Henoc Muamba said.
“Bo Levi, he’s cool under pressure, I’ve got to give it to Bo,” said Hamilton linebacker Simoni Lawrence. “I think it’s just his confidence. He know who he is and believes he is the best.”
“That mentality helps him win,” agreed fellow quarterback Matt Nichols. “He’ll throw three picks and not care. He’ll throw blind 30 yards downfield and not care.”
Former teammate and current Ottawa receiver, Brad Sinopoli was one of the many to jump on the Mitchell bandwagon.
“Every time you play him you know at some point he’s going to make the throw, that he’s going to make the play,” Sinopoli said.
“I’ll say Bo Levi. He’s basically the Tom Brady of the CFL,” admitted Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Shaq Evans. “It’s so scary to be on the sideline when he has the ball.”
The players in the video weren’t the only ones who supported Mitchell, as Montreal Alouettes QB Vernon Adams Jr. ranked him as the top CFL quarterback Tuesday in an interview on The Rod Pedersen Show.
The CFL’s reigning Most Outstanding Defensive Player Willie Jefferson was the dissenting voice, and believes Cody Fajardo proved himself as the best quarterback during the 2019 season by “basically putting the team on his back, making play after play and winning game after game after game.”
That didn’t sway Mitchell supporters like Nichols.
“With a 77-18-2 record, I don’t know how you even argue he isn’t the best in the league,” Nichols said, “and probably one of the best all-time.”