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

Playing Career

Toronto Argonauts
1986 - 1989

BC Lions

Edmonton Eskimos
1991 - 1998, 2000

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Awards and Honours

All-Eastern Linebacker
1986, 1988 (2)

Eastern Division Most Outstanding Rookie
1986 (1)

All-Canadian Linebacker
1986, 1988, 1990 - 1998 (11)

Western Division Most Outstanding Defensive Player
1992, 1994 - 1997 (5)

Canadian Football League (CFL) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
1992, 1994 - 1997 (5)

North Division All-Star
1995 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1987, 1993, 1996 (3)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1993 (1)

Career Highlights

  • Played 250 games.

  • 1st on the CFL All-Time Most Defensive Tackles in a career with 1,241 (as of 2015).

Willie Pless brought his talents to the CFL in 1986, when he joined the Toronto Argonauts. During his four years in Toronto, he was named an all-eastern twice, All-Canadian twice, and the most outstanding rookie in the eastern division.

In 1991, Pless signed with the Edmonton Eskimos as a free agent, and during his eight years with the Eskimos, he set club records for most all time defensive tackles with 813, tackles in one season with 177 and, on four occasions, tied the club record for defensive tackles in one game with 12.

In 1999, Pless joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a free agent, where he recorded 102 tackles, and was named all-western in the final season of his stellar fourteen-year career.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2005 as a player.

Class of 2005

Rod ConnopGord CurrieEd GeorgeRay NettlesWillie Pless

Football Reporters of Canada

Kent GilchristAl Ruckaber

Pless, Willie
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