Longtime CFL quarterback Henry Burris wants to see the three-down league play football in 2021.
Despite all of the pen being put to paper on player contracts in recent months, Burris doesn’t believe the transactions equal returning to the field across Canada this year.
“I’m very concerned. I want to see the guys back up there playing. All the signings are great, that’s all hunky-dory, but until you see talk about health protocols, I just can’t take it serious right now. It’s unfortunate because the CFL is an outstanding league,” Burris said on CKRM 620’s The SportsCage.
The CFL unveiled its 2021 schedule last November with the pre-season scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 23, while the regular season is slated to get underway on Thursday, June 10. Commissioner Randy Ambrosie has stated in various ways the league is committed to returning to play in 2021.
“It’s such a great league and it’d be a shame if it didn’t make it. If the league doesn’t play this year, it’s going to be a totally different league the next time they do step on those fields up there,” Burris said.
Even while in Chicago in his coaching role with the Bears, Burris has kept up with the latest happenings in the CFL. Discussions about the way the three-down league happen with regularity inside the facility in the Windy City.
“When I walked into this locker room, so many guys have talked about how much they love watching the CFL,” Burris said. “If the CFL paid more money a lot of guys would love to play in the Canadian game before the American game, it’s just how it is — the Canadian game is outstanding.”