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Willie Burden bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Willie Burden

Playing Career

Calgary Stampeders
1974 - 1981

Awards and Honours

All-Western Running Back
1975, 1977 (2)

All-Canadian Running Back
1975 (1)

Eddie James Memorial trophy
1975 (1)

Jeff Nicklin Memorial trophy
1975 (1)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Player
1975 (1)

Grey Cup Participation

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)

Career Highlights

  • 2nd in Canadian Football League (CFL) history for Most 100-yard rushing games in a season with 10. This was done in 1975 (as of 2015).

  • Enshrined to the Stampeders Wall of Honour in 1992.

  • The Calgary Stampeders retired his number 10 in 1992.

Willie Burden began his CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders midway through the 1974 season, and that is where he stayed for his entire Hall of Fame career.

Burden's best season was in 1975, when he finished with 1,896 yards on 332 carries, breaking a 14-year-old CFL record. He would also, in the final game of the 1975 season, tie Lovell Coleman for yards in a single game when he rushed for 238 yards. At the end of the 1975 season, he was named to the Western Division and CFL All-Star teams and received the Schenley Award as the Most Outstanding Player.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum?
"It validates your dreams, it is the product of everything you've worked so hard to achieve, and distinguishes you in a concise expression as a "Hall of Famer" that everyone recognizes. Naturally, it is the highest honor any athlete can achieve and I could not be more humble!"--Willie Burden

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2001 as a player.

Class of 2001

Willie BurdenSidney ForsterBill FrankWarren MoonJames Parker

Football Reporters of Canada

Pierre Duffault
Burden, Willie
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