Calgary Stampeders were the early favourites to capture Sunday’s 100th Grey Cup over the hometown Argonauts in Toronto while a betting man might be wise to pick Rene Paredes for most valuable Canadian honours.
Should the Venezuelan-born Paredes, who grew up in Pierrefonds, Que., come through, it would be the 13th time a kicker has won the award — otherwise known as the Dick Suderman Trophy — since it was first handed out in 1971.
Paredes finished third in CFL kicking points this season, making good on all 49 of his point-after attempts and converting 40 of 43 field goal attempts, so he certainly has the ability to make an impact.
Argos slotback Andre Durie, defensive end Ricky Foley and special teams player/backup linebacker Jason Pottinger are other players who could find themselves in the running Sunday. Stampeders running back Jon Cornish, who was named CFL top Canadian for 2012 on Thursday night, would be another Calgary candidate.
Or, maybe the winner will come from a group featuring Argos defensive tackle Adriano Belli, linebacker Walter Spencer and Stampeders offensive lineman Obby Khan.
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