The Top 100 UBC Football Players: 65 - 61


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 65-61. Let the debate begin. 65) Pieter Vanden Bos (FB/OL):

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('81)

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('82)

  • Canada West All-Star ('81,'82)

  • All-Canadian ('82)

  • 1st Rd pick, 4th overall CFL ('83-'87 EDM, WPG, OTT, BC)

64) Steve Harrison (LB):

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('81)

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('82)

  • Tied UBC in Fumble Returns ('82)

  • Bruce Coulter Vanier Cup Co-Defensive MOP ('82)

  • Canada West All-Star ('82)

  • 1st Rd pick, 2nd overall CFL ('83-'87 OTT)

63) Bernie Glier (LB):

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('81)

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('82)

  • Led UBC in Punt Returns ('80)

  • Led UBC in Interceptions and Return Yardage ('81)

  • Tied UBC lead in Fumble returns ('82)

  • Led UBC in Blocked Kicks ('82)

  • Canada West All-Star ('81,'82)

  • Set School Record for Most Blocked Kicks in a Career (2)

  • 1st Rd pick, 5th overall CFL ('83-'89 BC)

62) Dave Kirzinger (LB):

  • Hardy Cup Champion ('76)

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('77)

  • 1st Rd pick, 1st overall CFL ('78-'86 CAL, TOR)

  • 1st Thunderbird selected in 1st Rd CFL draft

61) John MacKay (RB):

  • Hardy Cup, Western Bowl Champion ('78)

  • Led Can-West in Rushing Yards, Touch Downs and Longest Run (69-yards vs. Saskatchewan, Aug. 30th, '78),

  • Led Canada West with four 100-Yard Games including Season High 154-yards vs. Calgary, Oct. 14th ('78)

  • Scored 2 TD's and had 118-yards in Hardy Cup Championship Game

  • Canada West All-Star ('78)

  • All-Canadian ('78)

  • Set School Record for Most Rushing TD's in a Season (13) and Carries in a Season (203)

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