Eight Canadians make CFL First-Team All-Decade List

Andrew Harris (Johany Jutras, Wikimedia Commons)

There are eight Canadians who have made the Canadian Football League All-Decade list for the 2010’s. They are Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris of Winnipeg, Manitoba; former Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Redblacks centre Jon Gott of Edmonton, Alberta; Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive guard Brendon LaBatte of Weyburn, Saskatchewan; Toronto Argonauts Ryan Bomben of Burlington, Ontario; Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive tackle Ted Laurent of Montreal, Quebec; former Roughriders and Tiger-Cats safety Craig Butler of London, Ontario; former Calgary Stampeders punter Rob Maver of London, Ontario; and Winnipeg Blue Bombers special teams cover Mike Miller of Riverview, New Brunswick.

Over the last decade, Harris also played for the British Columbia Lions, LaBatte also played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Bomben also played for the Montreal Alouettes and Tiger-Cats, Butler also played for the Roughriders, and Laurent and Miller each played for Edmonton. Of the Canadians on the list, only Harris was named the most outstanding Canadian over the last decade. He won the award with the Blue Bombers in 2017.

In 169 games over the last decade with the Lions and Blue Bombers, Harris had 1673 rushing carries for 9038 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns. He also had 565 catches for 5107 yards and 31 touchdowns. He won the Grey Cup with the Lions in 2011, and with the Blue Bombers in 2019. In the 2019 Grey Cup, Harris was the Grey Cup most valuable player. Harris had 18 carries for 134 yards and one touchdown, along with five catches for 35 yards and another touchdown as the Blue Bombers beat the Tiger-Cats 33-12. He was also a CFL All-Star five times–2012 and 2015 with the Lions, and 2016, 2017, 2018 with the Blue Bombers.

Gott played with the Stampeders from 2010 to 2013, and the Redblacks from 2014 to 2018. He was a CFL All-Star with the Redblacks in 2015 and 2016, and was a Grey Cup champion with Ottawa in 2016.

LaBatte played with the Blue Bombers in 2010 and 2011, and with the Roughriders since 2012. A six-time CFL All-Star over the last decade (2011 with Winnipeg, and 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 with Saskatchewan), LaBatte won the CFL’s most outstanding offensive lineman award and a Grey Cup with the Roughriders in 2013.

Even though Bomben is an offensive lineman, he has been utilized as a tight end on occasion. He has caught 10 passes for 63 yards and three touchdowns in his career.

Laurent played with Edmonton from 2011 to 2013, and the Tiger-Cats since 2014. In 142 games, he has had 186 defensive tackles, 48 sacks and seven forced fumbles. He was a CFL All-Star in 2014 and 2015 with Hamilton.

Butler played with the Roughriders from 2011 to 2013, and the Tiger-Cats in 2014, 2015, and 2017. In 87 games, he had 214 defensive tackles, 13 interceptions, eight sacks and three forced fumbles. He won the Grey Cup with the Roughriders in 2013, and was a CFL All-Star with the Roughriders in 2015.

Maver won Grey Cups with the Stampeders in 2014 and 2018, and was a CFL All-Star in 2012 and 2013. He had 921 punts over the last decade for 34359 yards.

Miller won Grey Cups with Edmonton in 2015 and Blue Bombers in 2019. On July 5, 2019, Miller tied the CFL record for most special teams tackles in a single game with seven as Winnipeg defeated Ottawa 29-14.



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