CFL RETRO: FANS INVITED TO CELEBRATE THE STARS OF THE SIXTIES
Canadians to honour legendary players by choosing the Most Outstanding Player of the Decade
TORONTO -- CFL Retro is inviting fans to celebrate the great players from a golden era by selecting the Most Outstanding Player of the Sixties."When you visit CFL.ca or LCF.ca and vote for these legendary players from the 1960s, you celebrate them, you honour our heritage, and you earn the chance to win great Retro gear from Reebok," said Canadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon.CFL teams have each nominated three players from the era. And, at a time when optimism about the league's return to the nation's capital is running high, three Ottawa Rough Riders were nominated by CFL Alumni in consultation with the league office.And the nominees are...
British Columbia Lions
Norm Fieldgate, Willie Fleming, Tom Brown
John LaGrone, Tommy Joe Coffey, Jim Thomas
Jerry Keeling , Wayne Harris, Herm Harrison
Ron Lancaster, George Reed, Ed McQuarters
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Kenny Ploen, Leo Lewis, Gerry James
Hal Patterson, John Barrow, Garney Henley
Dick Shatto, Marv Luster, Bill Symons
Ottawa Rough Riders
Russ Jackson, Ron Stewart, Whit Tucker
Pierre Desjardins, George Dixon, Larry Fairholm
Fans can vote by visiting CFL.ca or LCF.ca. Voting will occur in three stages:From now until July 9, fans can vote for the Most Outstanding Player from the Sixties on their favourite team, with the nine winners scheduled to be announced July 16th.Fans will then have the opportunity to pick one legend from the East and one from the West in a divisional vote, with the two winners to be announced during the week of August 10th.Finally, fans will be able to vote for the Most Outstanding Player of the Sixties from August 15th to September 8th, with the winner to be announced on September 11th, at the Retro Game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts in Toronto."While one name will emerge, our intention is really to highlight the accomplishments of all these gentlemen, who each added so much to the legacy and lore of the Canadian Football League," Cohon said."And just as this initiative is really about more than one player, CFL Retro is really about more than any single era. It's a celebration of great players, tremendous fans, and the unique bond between the two that has always existed in a league as affordable, accessible and authentic as ours is," he said."These are the things that define our history. These are the things on which we're building our future."Fans can also register for the chance to win CFL Retro gear throughout the program.Retro games, featuring teams in throwback 1960s jerseys designed by Reebok, will be played between July 16th, when the Edmonton Eskimos host the British Columbia Lions, and September 11th, with the Toronto Argonauts hosting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.Click here for the full Retro Schedule. The entire CFL schedule is available at CFL.ca and LCF.ca. Single game tickets, as well as flex packs and season tickets, are available now.