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Former CFL star Henry Burris accepts diversity fellowship to join Chicago Bears coaching staff

Henry Burris, who played 20 pro seasons —18 of them in the CFL — will coach his former team as part of a diversity coaching scholarship.

3-time Grey Cup champion, 2-time MVP will coach former team

Henry Burris is seen celebrating after he helped guide the Ottawa Redblacks to a win over the Calgary Stampeders in the 104th Grey Cup game in Toronto in 2017. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Henry Burris is rejoining the Chicago Bears.

The former CFL star was added to head coach Matt Nagy's staff Friday as part of the Bill Walsh diversity coaching fellowship. Burris spent the 2002 season as a quarterback with the Bears.

Last week, the 45-year-old native of Spiro, Okla., was named a first-ballot selection into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. The six-foot-one, 190-pound Burris played 20 pro seasons, 18 in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders (1997-99, 2005-11), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2000, 2003-04), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2012-13) and Ottawa Redblacks (2014-16).

Burris also spent time in the NFL with both the Green Bay Packers (2001) and Chicago.

Burris appeared in five Grey Cups, winning three (1998, '08, '16) and being named the MVP twice (2008, '16). The CFL's most outstanding player on two occasions (2010, 2015), Burris amassed 63,639 career passing yards and 373 TD passes — both third all-time.

Burris retired shortly after leading Ottawa to a thrilling 39-33 overtime Grey Cup upset win over Calgary in Toronto in 2016. He threw for 461 yards and three TDs despite suffering a knee injury during warmups.

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