CFL Quarterback Henry Burris A Hall Of Famer
Last Thursday, Former Canadian Football League quarterback Henry Burris was announced a 1st-ballot inductee into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame – and it’s an announcement that has left Burris speechless.
Burris’s nomination not only positions him alongside history’s greatest sports men and sports women, but also makes of him only the 21st player ever to be inducted during his first and initial year of eligibility to be inducted. He is however the 2nd player in as many years to be inducted in this truly special record-fashion after Calgary running back Jon Cornish was awarded the same honour last year as an inductee of the class of 2019.
A Star Lost For Words
Burris is joined in the player category by offensive lineman Clyde Brock, offensive lineman Freddie Childress, and star quarterback Greg Vavra. As far as 2019 inductions in the category “builders” went, Larry Utech (the now-deceased former coach/athletic director at Saint Mary’s University) and Calgary Stampeders president John Hufnagel were both named new inductees too.
But hats off in a big way to Burris’ wife Nicole and sons Armand and Barron, who had all known of dad Henry’s induction ever since February, and yet, had somehow managed to keep it quiet and from the star veteran quarterback up until two weeks ago when Burris was finally informed of the good news by the Hall of Fame.
The player was apparently “lost for words” and with tears running down his face upon having been shown a video of Hall of Famer Damon Allen outlining his pro-football Canadian journey and career. The video had apparently at first drew quite the bewildered look and response from Burris, but eventually turned to heartwarming joy when the huge news regarding the induction was delivered by Mark DeNobile, who is the Hall of Fame’s Executive Director.
His Was A Humbling Experience
Burris later chuckled about how his family had “got me (him) good”. He jokingly told of how funny he found it that his two boys had never managed to keep a secret from their mum, having always spilled the beans to her whenever he (Burris) had ordered them to keep anything a secret. Yet, said a clearly amused Burris, they never said as much as a peep about his induction.
Burris said that his loss for words and an immediate response had come from a place of having realised that people had all along been taking notice of everything he had achieved and done throughout his illustrious career. This, said the quarterback, had truly humbled him.