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The players have spoken.

More than 250 current CFL players participated in the second annual CFL on TSN Player Poll giving their opinions in a variety of football categories.

The surveyed players were asked to name one player for each of the 11 questions in the poll with topics ranging from most under-rated player to biggest trash-talker.

1. Who is the CFL's most under-rated player?
2. Who is the CFL's hardest hitter?
3. Who has the CFL's best hands?
4. Who is the biggest threat to score from anywhere on the field?
5. Which quarterback has the strongest arm?
6. Who is the CFL's nastiest player?
7. Who is the CFL's biggest trash talker?
8. Who is the CFL's toughest player?
9. Who is the CFL's toughest player to bring down?
10. Who is the CFL's fastest player?
11. Who would you choose with the first pick in a CFL expansion draft?

There are a few repeat winners from last year's poll but there are also plenty of new faces.

The largest margin of victory in this year's poll was in the hardest hitter department where B.C.'s Solomon Elimimian won his second straight crown with 53.7 percent of the vote.

The most wide-open vote in the poll was for most under-rated player where 92 different players names were put forward. Toronto's Andre Durie won the category with 10.1 percent of the total vote.

The Argonauts, despite a tough season in Toronto led the way in the poll with three category winners. Montreal and B.C. had two winners each while the Eskimos were the only team shut out.

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1. RB Andre Durie - Argonauts - 10.1%

2. WR Chris Getzlaf - Saskatchewan Roughriders - 7.7%
3. WR Brian Bratton - Montreal Alouettes - 4.3%

Durie edges Getzlaf as the most under-rated player in the most wide-open poll question. In all, 92 different players received votes in the category. Durie set career-highs with 665 receving yards, 106 rushing yards and four touchdowns for the Argos this season.



1. LB Solomon Elimimian - Lions - 53.7%

2. LB Jamall Johnson - Hamilton Tiger-Cats - 6.9%
3. LB Ejiro Kuale - Toronto Argonauts - 6.5%
The Elimimianator defends his title as the league's heaviest hitter with a whopping 53.7% of the vote. Nobody else was even close. The second-year stud and reigning Most Outstanding Rookie has doled out plenty of punishment this season as he leads the Lions with 90 bone-jarring tackles so far this season.



1. WR Geroy Simon - Lions - 22.8%

2. WR Fred Stamps - Edmonton Eskimos - 16.2%
3. WR Jamel Richardson - Montreal Alouettes - 12.3%
Superman takes over from Ben Cahoon as the man with best hands in the CFL. The stats back it up. 930 career receptions, 14,980 receiving yards and 98 touchdowns. Simon is one of the best to ever play the game. And at 36, he is still getting it done.



1. WR/KR Chad Owens - Argonauts - 38.3%

2. RB/KR Marcus Thigpen - Hamilton Tiger-Cats- 22.5%
3. WR Jamel Richardson - Montreal Alouettes - 7.1%
With back-to-back 3,000 all-purpose yard seasons, it's tough to disagree with Chad Owens here. With his great speed and open-field moves, Owens is a threat to score literally every time he touches the ball.



1. QB Henry Burris - Stampeders - 48.5%

2. QB Darian Durant - Saskatchewan Roughriders - 9.8%
3. QB Travis Lulay - B.C. Lions - 8.1%
He may have lost his starting job but apparently Burris has not lost his cannon. For the second straight year, the players overwhelmingly voted Burris as having the biggest arm in the league. Smilin' Hank's accuracy has come into question at times but nobody doubts his ability to throw the long ball.



1. DE Dario Romero - Roughriders - 13.2%

2. LB Diamond Ferri - Montreal Alouettes - 11.3%
3. OL Rob Murphy - Toronto Argonauts - 11.3%
Romero has always played the game on the edge, and at 300 pounds, he is a whole lot of nasty. He narrowly edges out Montreal's Ferri and last year's champ in Murphy, who missed over half the season due to injury in this year's closest vote.



1. CB Dwight Anderson - Alouettes - 26.0%

2. RB Avon Cobourne - Tiger-Cats - 22.5%
3. DB Jonathan Hefney - Blue Bombers - 9.5%
Alouettes cornerback Dwight Anderson made sure to pack his mouth when he moved from Calgary to Montreal in the off-season. For the second straight year, Anderson takes home the biggest trash-talker title, as if he needs anything else to talk about.



1. QB Buck Pierce - Blue Bombers - 18.9%

2. LB Jason Pottinger - Argonauts - 6.1%
3. DT Dario Romero - Roughriders - 5.1%
Plenty of players received votes in this one but Pierce comes out on top. With the laundry list of injuries he has had to deal with this season and throughout his career, it's tough to argue. And he just keeps coming back.



1. RB Cory Boyd - Argonauts - 25.3%

2. RB Jerome Messam - Eskimos - 21.5%
3. SB Nik Lewis - Stampeders - 19.8%
Last year's toughest player is this year's toughest to bring down. Boyd finished the season second in the league with 1,141 rushing yards and a 6.1 per carry average. He is just as likely to run through you as around you. Messam and Lewis also received serious consideration for their ability to bruise.



1. WR Chris Williams - Tiger-Cats - 30.9%

2. RB/KR Marcus Thigpen - Tiger-Cats - 18.3%
3. WR/KR Chad Owens - Argonauts - 12.2%
Williams burst onto the scene this year in Hamilton and torched opposing DBs all season long. He more than makes up for his 5-foot-9-in-platform-shoes 155-pound frame with his blistering wheels. He finished his rookie season leading the Ticats with 1,064 receiving yards.



1. QB Anthony Calvillo - Alouettes - 26.0%

2. QB Travis Lulay - Lions - 18.6%
3. QB Drew Tate - Calgary Stampeders - 10.8%
Who else could you choose but the standard for CFL quarterbacking over the last decade. Calvillo is simply one of the greatest to ever play the game. It's a testament to just how incredible he is that more than a quarter of the players polled chose him in this category even though he is 39-years-old. Then again, he does hold the CFL career records for passing yards, TDs and completions.




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