Calgary Stampeders honour Canadian DL Derek Wiggan with Presidents’ Ring award

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The Calgary Stampeders have selected Canadian defensive lineman Derek Wiggan as the recipient for this year’s Presidents’ Ring award.

The honour is presented annually to the player who best demonstrates excellence on and off the field. It is voted on by the players and has been awarded since 1967. Candidates are judged on their in-game contributions, leadership, inspiration and motivational skills.

“I congratulate Derek for this very well-deserved honour,” said team president and general manager John Hufnagel in a statement. “He is respected by teammates, coaches and management and over the years he has grown into one of the true leaders in the locker room. Derek’s contributions on the field go well beyond any individual statistics he may accumulate and this award makes it clear his teammates recognize how important he is to our team.”

Wiggan was a fourth-round pick in the 2014 CFL Draft out of Queen’s University and has since appeared in 115 career regular-season and post-season games for the Stampeders. He has started all 17 games at defensive tackle this season and recorded 21 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, and one fumble recovery.

“It’s an honour to be the Presidents’ Ring winner,” said Wiggan. “I thank my teammates and coaches. I’ve been in this organization a long time and to be mentioned in the same breath as our previous winners is one of the best achievements of my career.”

The 30-year-old serves as a team captain as well as a representative for the CFL Players’ Association.

Those who have previously won the Presidents’ Ring award include Wayne Harris, Henry Burris, Danny Barrett, Stu Laird, Rob Cote, Keon Raymond, Jay McNeil, Alondra Johnson, Wayne Harris, Allen Pitts, Lloyd Fairbanks, Bernie Morrison, Ed McAleney, James Sykes, Willie Burden, and Jerry Keeling.