Players – Tom Pate Award

Every year the Canadian Football League Players’ Association presents the Tom Pate Award; an award we hold in high regard. It is not a “Jock Award” but rather an award given to players who display qualities that distinguish them from their peers. It is this rare quality that the players who have won maintained and made them recipients of the award. Tom Pate had a unique combination of outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the league and the community.

He was educated at the University of Nebraska where he majored in business administration, and played first-stringer with the Cornhuskers. After shuffling through various teams, he became a star with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In October 1975, however, his stardom as well as his life, was abruptly ended, when in his fourteenth game, against the Stampeders in Calgary, he suffered an aneurysm in the fourth quarter. Pate, only 23 at the time, never regained consciousness and died just two days later.

Each year we invite each team to nominate a team member for this award. The recipient should embody the qualities that distinguished Tom Pate; qualities that recognize a player with outstanding sportsmanship, a player who has made a contribution to his team as well as to his community and to his Association.

Current and Past Winners

CFLPA Tom Pate 2015 Henry Burris Ottawa RedBlacks
CFLPA Tom Pate 2014 Randy Chevrier Calgary Stampeders
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2013 Kyries Hebert Montreal Alouettes
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2012 Brian Bratton Montreal Alouettes
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2011 Kevin Glenn Hamilton Tiger Cats
CFLPA Tom Pate 2010 Wes Lysack Calgary Stampeders
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2009 Marwan Hage Hamilton Tiger Cats
CFLPA Tome Pate Award 2008 Jeremy O’Day Saskatchewan Roughriders
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2007 Milt Stegall Winnipeg Blue Bombers
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2006 Mark Washington BC Lions
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2005 Danny McManus Hamilton Tiger Cats
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2004 Barron Miles Montreal Alouettes
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2003 Steve Hardin BC Lions
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2002 Greg Frers Calgary Stampeders
CFLPA Tome Pate Award 2001 Rick Walters Edmonton Eskimos
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 2000 Mike Morreale Hamilton Tiger Cats
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1999 Jamie Taras B.C. Lions
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1998 Glen Scrivener Winnipeg Blue Bombers
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1997 Mark McLoughlin Calgary Stampeders
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1996 Michael “Pinball” Clemons Toronto Argonauts
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1995 Mark McLoughlin Calgary Stampeders
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1994 O.J. Brigance Baltimore Stallions
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1993 Michael “Pinball” Clemons Toronto Argonauts
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1992 Danny Barrett B.C. Lions
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1991 Stu Laird Calgary Stampeders
CFLPA Tome Pate Award 1990 Ritchie Hall Saskatchewan Roughriders
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1989 Matt Dunigan B.C. Lions
CFLPA Tome Pate Award 1988 Hector Pothier Edmonton Eskimos
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1987 Nick Arakgi Montreal Alouettes
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1986 Tyrone Crews B.C. Lions
CFLPA Tome Pate Award 1985 Jerry Friesen Saskatchewan Roughriders
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1984 Bruce Walker Ottawa Rough Riders
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1983 Henry Waszczuk Hamilton Tiger-Cats
CFLPA Tome Pate Award 1982 David Boone Edmonton Eskimos
CFLPA Tome Pate Award 1981 Ken McEachern Saskatchewan Roughriders
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1980 Jim Coode Ottawa Rough Riders
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1979 Peter Muller Toronto Argonauts
CFLPA Tom Pate Award 1978 John Helton Calgary Stampeders
CFLPA Tome Pate Award 1977 Ron Lancaster Saskatchewan Roughriders
CFLPA Tome Pate Award 1976 George Reed Saskatchewan Roughriders