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Johnson among Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductees

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TSN.ca Staff
4/7/2009 12:46:03 PM
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The Canadian Football Hall of Fame will open its doors to five new members as Alondra Johnson, Rudy Phillips, Jim Mills, Glen Weir and Tony Anselmo were all named to the Class of 2009 on Tuesday.

The official ceremony will take place on Induction Weekend in Winnipeg from September 24-26 of this year.

Johnson spent 16 seasons in the CFL, split between the B.C. Lions, Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders.  The three-time Grey Cup winner finished his career second all-time in defensive tackles with 1,084, a mark that has since been surpassed by longtime Toronto Argonaut Mike O'Shea.

The 43-year old West Texas State product was a five-time Western Division All-Star and a three-time All-Canadian linebacker.

Mills joined the B.C. Lions in 1986 and was twice named the CFL's most outstanding lineman.

A Vancouver native, Mills was named to the B.C. Lions Wall of Fame and was voted a member of the Lions' 50th Season Dream Team.

Phillips broke into the CFL in 1981 with the Ottawa Rough Riders and was named the CFL's most outstanding lineman in back-to-back seasons in 1982 and 1983. 

After a stint in the NFL, the North Texas State product returned to the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos and was named to the CFL All-Star team for the third time.  He captured the Grey Cup with the Eskimos in 1987.

Weir spent his entire CFL career in Montreal with the Alouettes and then the Concords, and twice captured the Grey Cup.  He was a three-time All-Canadian and a six-time Eastern All-Star.

Anselmo joined the Calgary Stampeders as the team's director in 1967 and served as the Stamps' president between 1973-74.  He sat on the club's advisory board from 1974 to 1982 and was crucial to the development of McMahon Stadium as a multi-purpose facility.

Anselmo was a major partner in the successful transition of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club from a community-based team to a privately owned operation.

Called to the Hall (Photo: TSN.ca)

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