On the occasion of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' 100th anniversary, the best players, head coach and general manager in franchise history are honoured with TSN's All-Roughriders Team, as chosen by Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post.
Ron Lancaster (1963-78, 1979-80) - The 'Little General' arrived in 1963 and played 16 years with the Riders. He was the league's Most Outstanding Player twice and a four-time CFL All-Star. He led the Riders to 14 straight playoff appearances, 12 Western Finals and one Grey Cup title (1966). He ranks third in touchdown passes (333), as well fourth in passing yardage (50,535). His #23 has been retired and he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1982.
George Reed (1963-75) - Reed rushed for over 1,000 yards in 11 of his 13 seasons. He was named the league's Most Outstanding Player in 1965 and was a CFL All-Star on nine occasions. The Riders made the playoffs every year he played, winning the Grey Cup in 1966. He holds the CFL record for rushing touchdowns (134) and ranks second in yardage (16,116). He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and his #34 is retired.
Wes Cates (2007-Present) - After getting his feet wet with the Calgary Stampeders, Cates arrived in time to win the Grey Cup in 2007. The following year, he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and scored 12 touchdowns. Last season, he struggled to find the end zone but was arguably the Riders' best player in the Grey Cup loss to the Alouettes. He is now less than 1,000 yards away from passing Mike Saunders for #2 on the all-time rushing list.
Hugh Campbell (1963-67, 1969) - George Reed's college teammate may be better known as the former head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos but his CFL career began in Regina. In his relatively short stint with the Riders, 'Gluey Hughie' caught 60 touchdown passes, including a then-league record 17 in the 1966 campaign. The two-time CFL All-Star played in three Grey Cup games, winning in 1966.
Don Narcisse (1987-99) - After a failed tryout with the NFL's Cardinals, Narcisse played 216 games in Green and White and caught at least one pass in each and every contest. He led the league in receptions twice and retired with a then-league record 919 catches and 75 touchdowns. The five-time Western All-Star and four-time CFL All-Star was a member of the 1989 Grey Cup championship team.
Ray Elgaard (1983-96) - The Vancouver native was drafted in the second round of the 1983 CFL Draft and went on to play 220 games. When it was all said and done, Elgaard finished with 830 receptions for a team record 13,198 yards and 78 touchdowns, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark eight times. The four-time CFL All-Star was named the league's Most Outstanding Canadian three times. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Joey Walters (1977-79, 1980-82) - The Clemson product brought the fans at Taylor Field to their feet more than once. The two-time CFL All-Star amassed more than 3,400 yards over two seasons in the early 1980s, including a team record 1,715 in 1981 when it was a 16-game schedule. He finished with 290 receptions for 5,181 yards. He also returned kicks and played cornerback during his tenure in Regina.
Ted Urness (1961-70) - The Regina native joined his hometown team in 1961 and was named a CFL and Western All-Star six times over his 10-year career. He played in six Western Finals and three Grey Cup games, winning in 1966. Called the best centre on either side of the border by former Bombers and Vikings head coach Bud Grant, he was named the West's Outstanding Lineman in 1968. He was inducted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Roger Aldag (1976-92) - After a distinguished career with the Regina Rams, the Gull Lake, Saskatchewan native played a team record 271 games over 17 seasons with the Riders. He was named a Western All-Star eight times, a CFL All-Star on five occasions and voted as the league's Most Outstanding Lineman twice. He was inducted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Al Benecick (1959-68) - After blocking for future NFL great Jim Brown at Syracuse University, the Connecticut native was recruited by legendary GM Ken Preston and ended up blocking for CFL great George Reed. He was a four-time Western All-Star and three-time CFL All-Star and a member of the 1966 Grey Cup championship team. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
Gene Makowsky (1995-Present) - The University of Saskatchewan product was the CIS Lineman of the Year in 1993 before being selected by the Riders in the second round of the 1995 CFL Draft. The Saskatoon native has played all five positions on the offensive line over his 15-plus seasons in Regina. The five-time CFL All-Star has been named the league's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman twice.
Martin Ruby (1951-57) - The Texas A&M product played on both sides of the ball over his seven years and accomplished the rare feat of being named as a Western All-Star at offensive and defensive tackle in three different seasons. He was nominated as the Riders' Most Outstanding Player in 1954, the same year he was a two-way All-Star. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
Images for all players except Wes Cates and Gene Makowsky are courtesy of the Regina Leader-Post.
Images for Wes Cates and Gene Makowsky are courtesy of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.