B.C. Lions allow Henry Burris to accept NFL coaching job 10 days after hiring him

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The B.C. Lions have allowed Henry Burris to accept an NFL coaching job.

“Henry informed us today he has accepted a coaching opportunity in the National Football League. We will not stand in his way and wish him the best of luck in his next endeavour,” Lions co-general manager and head coach Rick Campbell said.

10 days ago Burris had accepted an offensive consultant role with B.C. following a two-year stint with the Chicago Bears.

A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction class of 2020, the former CFL quarterback appeared in 277 regular season and 17 playoff contests split between four different teams from 1997-2016: Calgary (1997-1999, 2005-2011), Saskatchewan (2000, 2003-2004), Hamilton (2012-2013) and Ottawa (2014-2016).

In between his stints with the Roughriders, Burris played for the Bears from 2001-2002, completing 18 passes for 51 yards and three touchdowns in six total appearances.

The Spiro, Oklahoma native was a member of Calgary’s Grey Cup-winning team in 1998 and would earn two more rings as a starter: with the Stampeders in 2008 and the Redblacks in 2016, earning Grey Cup MVP for each of those performances.

Henry Burris accolades:

  • Third on the CFL’s all-time passing list with 63,339 yards and seventh on the playoff all-time list with 3,566 yards and sixth on the Grey Cup all-time list with 1,281 yards.
  • CFL passing yards leader in 2012 (5,367 yards), 2013 (4,927 yards) and 2015 (5,693 yards).
  • Named CFL Most Outstanding Player in 2010 and 2015.
  • A two-time CFL all-star (2010, 2015) and four-time division all-star: Western selection in 2005, 2008 and 2010, Eastern selection in 2015.
  • Appeared in two other Grey Cup games as starting QB: 2013 with Hamilton and 2015 with Ottawa.
  • 2015 winner of the Tom Pate Memorial Award, given annually for outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the community.