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 25 - 21. Let the debate begin.
25) Leo Groenewegen (OL):
Hardy Cup Finalist ('83),
Vanier Cup Champion ('86),
Canada West Metras Trophy MVP Lineman ('86)
Canada West All-Star ('85,'86)
UBC Sports HOF Inductee ('11)
1st Rd pick 1st overall CFL ('87-'03 OTT, BC, EDM)
Signed with Raiders/Patriots-NFL
24) Mike Bellefontaine (KR/WR/K):
Vanier Cup Champion ('86)
Hardy Cup, Western Bowl Champion ('87)
Led UBC in punting and receiving ('85)
Led UBC in punting ('86,'87,'88)
Led UBC in FG's ('88)
Led Canada West in scoring (87,'88),
Led Canada West in converts and FG's ('87)
Canada West All-Star ('88)
CFL ('89 BC)
Holds School Records for most punting yards in a game (584), punting yards in a career (11,090), most punts in a season (123) and a career (295)
Set records for most FG attempts in a season (36), FG's made in a game (5), highest FG % made in a season (77.7) and career (75.7), most FG's made in a season (28) and most kickoff's in a career (47)
23) Grayson Shillingford (WR/KR):
Canada West Peter Gorman Rookie Award ('93)
Led UBC in punt Returns ('93), led UBC in kickoff returns ('93,'94)
Led Canada West most punt return TD's (1), most punt returns (34), most punt returns in a game (8) vs. Calgary, Oct. 9th, most punt return yards in a game - 91-yards vs. Manitoba, Sept. 26th, longest punt return in a game 74-yards vs. Manitoba, Sept, 26th and longest kickoff returns in a game 58-yards vs. Manitoba Sept. 26th, 1993
Led Canada West for most punt returns in a game (8) vs. Manitoba, Aug. 28th, 1994. Led UBC in kickoff returns including 104-yard return vs. Manitoba, Aug. 28th
Led Canada West in receiving TD's (10), most punt return TD's in a game with (2) vs. Saskatchewan, Nov. 4th, receptions in a game with (12) vs. Calgary, Sept. 15th and most receiving yards in a game 174-yards vs. Alberta, Sept. 1st 1994