April 26, 2018

Damon Allen to be inducted to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Damon Allen launches a pass during first half CFL action against the Montreal Alouettes in Toronto, Canada on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006. Allen is heading into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

TORONTO — Damon Allen has been named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame as part of its 2018 class, it was announced on Thursday.

Allen, a four-time Grey Cup Champion, was one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the Canadian game. He is currently second in all-time professional football passing yards and second in all-time CFL passing yards. He is also pro football’s combined passing and rushing leader with a total of 84,301 yards.

The 54-year old spent time with the Edmonton Eskimos, Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and BC Lions prior to joining the Argos in 2003. In five seasons quarterbacking the Double Blue, Allen started 57 games, completing 1,051-of-1,713 for 13,974 yards and 77 touchdowns. Allen’s passing totals with the Argos rank him third in team history in passing yards, passing touchdowns and pass completions.

In 2004, his second season in Toronto, Allen led the Argos to a Grey Cup victory over the BC Lions. He earned Grey Cup MVP honours for the third time in his career with 23-of-34 passing for 299 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 10 yards and two touchdowns on five rushing attempts.