Class of 2017
Kelvin Anderson began his eight year career in the CFL as a running back in 1996 with the Calgary Stampeders where he played for 7 seasons (1996-2002). He played his final year (2003) with the BC Lions before retiring after 129 regular season games and eight more in the playoffs. Anderson played in 3 Grey Cup games with the Calgary Stampeders, (1998, 1999, 2001) winning twice (1998 and 2001).
During his extraordinary career Anderson was nominated for many awards being selected as a West Division All-Star five times (1997-2001), and as a CFL All-Star award on three occasions (1998, 1999, and 2001). In 1996, Anderson began his career being awarded the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie Award. He earned the Eddie James Memorial Trophy as the leading rusher in the Western Division 4 times (1997, 1998, 2000, and 2001). He was his team’s nominee for Outstanding Player 3 times (1998, 2001, and 2002) and was a league finalist for Outstanding Player in 1998 and 2001 winning the West’s Most Outstanding Player Award in those years.
To add to his list of awards and nominations, Anderson recorded many statistical accomplishments as a measure of his contribution to Calgary and BC success. He ranks #1 in Calgary Stampeders history for most rushing yards (8,292) and attempts (1,670). Including his year with BC, he set an all-time CFL record with eight consecutive 1000-yard rushing seasons, still #1 through 2017. He was second on the all-time Calgary Stampeders list of most touchdowns with a career total of 76 and second on the all-time Stampeders most rushing touchdowns list with 52. Anderson retired after the 2003 season with an outstanding total of 21 games of 100+ yards rushing. Through 2016, he remained the sixth all-time rusher in the CFL history with 9,340 yards, averaging 5.0 yards a carry on 1,858 career carries for 57 touchdowns.