Every weekday until UBC football's home opener on September 9th, GoThunderbirds.ca will release five former T-Birds on the list of 'The Top 100 UBC Football Players'. Follow along on the UBC football page of GoThunderbirds.ca. Support the 2017 version of the UBC Thunderbirds football program by purchasing your season tickets today at GoThunderbirds.ca/tickets.
Who is the greatest Thunderbird to ever play football for UBC? A lofty question and one that is hard to quantify. Comparing football players through generations is challenging. The game of football has seen countless changes in rules and equipment, since the first team of what were then called Canadian rugby-football players formed at Point Grey in 1923.
These obstacles did not deter UBC defensive coordinator Pat Tracey, however. Tracey, a self-confessed football stats and history 'geek', wanted to compile an easy to digest ranking list for fans and alumni alike. He went to work devising a ranking system to create a final compilation: 'The Top 100 UBC Football Players'.
Here are numbers 95-91. Let the debate begin.
95) Nick Johansson (DL):
Led UBC in Tackles for Loss and QB Sacks ('04)
Canada West All-Star ('03,'04)
94) Greg Schaefer (OL):
Canada West All-Star ('99,'00)
6th Rd, 46th overall CFL ('04 Calgary Stampeders)
93) Serge Kaminsky (DL):
Led UBC in QB-Sacks ('09)
Led UBC in Tackles for Loss ('09,'10)
Canada West All-Star ('10,'11)
92) Jay Gard (QB):
Hardy Cup Finalist ('81,'83)
Vanier Cup Champion ('82)
Led UBC in Passing ('81,'82,'83)
91) Alex Charles (DL) (#58 pictured below):
Led UBC in Fumble Recoveries ('93)
Hardy Cup Finalist ('96)
Vanier Cup Champion ('97)
Led UBC in Blocked Kicks ('97)
Currently a Detective Constable with the Vancouver Police Department