The Top 100 UBC Football Players: 30 - 26


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 30 - 26. Let the debate begin.

30) Jack Henwood (HB/QB/DB):

  • UBC HOF Inductee ('13)

  • Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy ('60)

  • Evergreen Conference rushing leader ('56)

  • Evergreen Conference interception leader ('56)

  • Led UBC in passing, scoring, interceptions, rushing, including 192-yards vs. Seattle Cavaliers ('59)

  • Captain the T-Birds in Canada's first Inter-University Football Championship vs. Western Ontario ('59)

29) Al Chorney (DB/K):

  • Hardy Cup Champion ('76)

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('77)

  • Hardy Cup, Western Bowl Champion ('78)

  • Led UBC in punting ('76,'77,'78)

  • Led UBC in punt and kickoff returns ('78)

  • Led Canada West punting average, longest INT return and longest punt return ('78'), All-Star ('78)

  • 1st Rd pick, 2nd overall CFL ('79-'80 SASK, MTL)

  • Holds school record for most career punting yards(4,265), set records for punt return TD's in a career (2), highest punting average in a season (42.1) and a career (38.1)

  • Set records for most interceptions in a career (12), forced fumbles in a career (4), interception yards in a season (121) and fumbles recovered in a season (4)

28) Evan Jones (TE):

  • Hardy Cup Champion ('76)

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('77)

  • Nestle Pre-Season All-Canadian ('76)

  • Can-Am Bowl ('77)

  • Canada West All-Star ('75,'76,'77,'79)

  • Lead UBC in receptions, yardage and TD's ('75,'76), tied UBC lead for receiving TD's ('79). 1st Rd pick 4th overall CFL

  • Multiple 100-yard Games, including career high 170-yards vs. Alberta, Oct. 13th, 1977

  • Set record for longest TD reception (94) vs. Calgary, Oct. 6th, 1975 and broke it in 1977 with 95-yards vs. Alberta on Oct. 13th

  • Set record for receiving TD's in a season (7) and receptions in a season with (40)

27) Herb Capozzi (OL/DL):

  • UBC HOF Inductee ('93)

  • BC Sports HOF Inductee ('14)

  • Hardy Cup Champion ('45)

  • Team Captain ('46-'48)

  • Evergreen Conference All-Star ('46,'47)

  • Signed with New York Giants-NFL, CFL ('52-'55 CAL, MTL)

26) Tyson St. James (DL):

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('96,'98,'99)

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('97)

  • Led UBC in QB-Sacks ('97)

  • Led Canada West QB-Sacks ('98,'99)

  • Canada West & CIAU MOP Lineman ('99)

  • Canada West All-Star ('98,'99)

  • All-Canadian ('98,'99)

  • 1st Rd pick, 1st overall, CFL ('00-'04 SASK, WPG)

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