CFLPA: Tom Pate Award


Every year the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) presents the Tom Pate Award; an award held in high regard. It is an award given to players who display qualities that distinguish them from their peers.

It is this rare quality that these players maintained and made them recipients of the award. Tom Pate had a unique combination of outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the league and his community.

Tom Pate was educated at the University of Nebraska and played first-stringer with the Cornhuskers. After shuffling through various teams, he became a star with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

In October 1975, however, his stardom as well as his life, was abruptly ended, when in his fourteenth game, against the Calgary Stampeders, he suffered an aneurysm in the fourth quarter. Pate, only 23 at the time, never regained consciousness and died two days later.

Each year each team nominates a team member for this award. The recipient should embody the qualities that distinguished Tom Pate; qualities that recognize a player with outstanding sportsmanship, who has made a contribution to this team as well as to his community Association.

Past Winners
2015 Ottawa REDBLACKS Henry Burris
2014 Calgary Stampeders Randy Chevrier
2013 Montreal Alouettes Kyries Hebert
2012 Montreal Alouettes Brian Bratton
2011 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Kevin Glenn
2010 Calgary Stampeders Wes Lysack
2009 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Marwan Hage
2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders Jeremy O'Day
2007 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Milt Stegall
2006 BC Lions Mark Washington
2005 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Danny McManus
2004 Montreal Alouettes Barron Miles
2003 BC Lions Steve Hardin
2002 Calgary Stampeders Greg Frers
2001 Edmonton Eskimos Rick Walters
2000 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Mike Morreale
1999 BC Lions Jamie Taras
1998 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Glen Scrivener
1997 Calgary Stampeders Mark McLoughlin
1996 Toronto Argonauts Michael "Pinball" Clemons
1995 Calgary Stampeders Mark McLoughlin
1994 Baltimore Stallions O.J. Brigance
1993 Toronto Argonauts Michael "Pinball" Clemons
1992 BC Lions Danny Barrett
1991 Calgary Stampeders Stu Laird
1990 Saskatchewan Roughriders Ritchie Hall
1989 BC Lions Matt Dunigan
1988 Edmonton Eskimos Hector Pothier
1987 Montreal Alouettes Nick Arakgi
1986 BC Lions Tyrone Crews
1985 Saskatchewan Roughriders Jerry Friesen
1984 Ottawa REDBLACKS Bruce Walker
1983 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Henry Waszczuk
1982 Edmonton Eskimos David Boone
1981 Saskatchewan Roughriders Ken McEachern
1980 Ottawa REDBLACKS Jim Coode
1979 Toronto Argonauts Peter Muller
1978 Calgary Stampeders John Helton
1977 Saskatchewan Roughriders Ron Lancaster
1976 Saskatchewan Roughriders George Reed