|2013 Edmonton Eskimos season|
|Based in||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Home field||Commonwealth Stadium|
|League||Canadian Football League|
|Colours||Green and gold
|Head coach||Kavis Reed|
|General manager||Ed Hervey|
|Owner(s)||"Community" (shareholder) owned|
|Grey Cup wins||1954, 1955, 1956, 1975
1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
1982, 1987, 1993, 2003,
|Mascot(s)||Nanook and Punter|
The Edmonton Eskimos are a professional Canadian football team based in Edmonton, Alberta, competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Eskimos play their home games at Commonwealth Stadium and are the third-youngest franchise in the CFL. The Eskimos were founded in 1949, although there were clubs with the name Edmonton Eskimos as early as 1895. The Eskimos are the most successful CFL franchise of the modern era (1954) having won the league's Grey Cup championship thirteen times, second overall only to the Toronto Argonauts who have won sixteen. This includes a three-peat between 1954 and 1956 and an unmatched five consecutive wins between 1978 and 1982, and most recently in 2005.
The Eskimos hold a North American professional sports record by qualifying for the playoffs for 34 consecutive years between 1972 and 2005. Edmonton has had the most regular season division championships in the modern era with 21, with their most recent coming in 2003. The team has a rivalry with the Calgary Stampeders and are one of the three community owned teams currently operating in the CFL.
Team facts 
- Founded: 1949, although other teams named the Edmonton Eskimos existed 1895 to 1923 and 1929 to 1939.
- Formerly known as: Esquimaux 1897 to 1910.
- Helmet design: Yellow background, with a gold "EE" monogram on a green oval.
- Uniform colours: Green, gold, and white.
- Past uniform colours: Black and yellow 1907 to 1937, blue and white 1938 to 1939
- Grey Cup Championships: 13—1954, 1955, 1956, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005
- Western Division championships (regular season): 22—1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003.
- Main rivals: Calgary Stampeders (See Battle of Alberta), Montreal Alouettes (11 meetings in the Grey Cup, once in the East Final).
- 2011 Regular Season Record: 11 wins, 7 losses.
The Edmonton Eskimos Football Club is one of three remaining "community owned" teams (owned by local shareholders) in the CFL, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg are the other two. This was once the most common type of ownership in the CFL. IN 2006 the Ottawa Sun reported that shares cost $10 each, but were not open to the general public and required the approval of the 80 existing shareholders. This contrasts with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, one of the other community owned teams in the CFL, who have offered shares to the public.
Board of Directors 
Edmonton Eskimos, Inc., is governed by a Ten-member Board of Directors. The board consists of a chairman, treasurer, secretary six directors and an Alternate Governor. As of 2011[update] the board of directors included Chairman Allan Sawin, Treasurer Bruce Bentley, Secretary John Moquin, Director Diane Brickner, Chris Bruce, Terry O'Flynn, Harold Roozen, William Scott, Brad Sparrow and Alternate Governor Rick LeLacheur. The club's president and CEO is Len Rhodes, he is not currently a member of the 10 member Board of Directors.
Financial statements 
For the 2008 year, the Edmonton Eskimos Football club announced revenues of $14.868 million, and a profit on the football side of the franchise, but a net loss of $504,049 because of loss of investments in the stock market due to the economic recession.
The Edmonton Eskimos Football clubs financial picture in 2009 was once again very positive and the Eskimos continued to operate within the CFL Salary Cap. The football club announced that their Stabilization Fund was back in a positive return position. Consolidated Net Profit for the year ending December 31, 2009 was $416,482.
The Eskimos posted a loss for the 2010 football season, but despite the $2 million plus loss, the circumstances put the Eskimos in a healthy financial situation, with money being spent on Commonwealth Stadium, the facilities, and extra Grey Cup events.
The Edmonton Eskimos Football club posted a net profit of $473,471 in 2011. The profit came from an operating revenue of $17.6 million and operating expenses of $16.9 million, treasurer Bruce Bentley told the Eskimo board members. Hosting a home playoff game generated $954,000 and the game day revenue was up $710,000, due to the sale of the new south-end suites and an increase in concession sales. According to Bentley, “These two elements provided almost $1.7 million of the $1.8 million increase.” An $87,000 decrease in gate receipts was attributed to the loss of season-ticket holders who had previously purchased solely to get tickets to the 2010 Grey Cup at Commonwealth Stadium. Single-game ticket sales made up for the majority of the decrease, though, Bentley said. As of 2012 the Eskimos have $9,071,679 in their Heritage Trust Fund.
Fan base 
The Edmonton Eskimos have one of the most rabid and dedicated fan bases in the CFL and professional football. The average Eskimo fan as of 2011 is 72% male with a growing female fan base; 50% are between 25–54 years of age; Average household income is over $95,000/year; 62% are married; 45% have attended university; 51% are owners/managers/professionals; 70% own a home/townhouse/duplex/semi; 86% have a computer at home; 70% are likely to purchase the product/service of an event sponsor over that of a non-sponsor and 70% would participate in a promotion involving a sponsor of the event.
The Esks "Sold Out" Commonwealth Stadium during the regular season on September 26, 2009, when 62,517 fans poured through the turnstiles to watch the Esks host the Saskatchewan Roughriders, on a Saturday afternoon. For the first time in Esks history standing room only field level tickets were sold in order to accommodate the huge crowd. Previously the Eskimo single regular season game attendance mark was 62,444 on Friday, September 5, 2003 vs. Calgary. The Esks largest regular season crowd in the 2010 season was 47,829 against the Roughriders, and they never had a home crowd under 30,000. The Esks lowest attendance in the 2010 regular season was 30,442. The average home attendance for the Eskimos in 2011 including preseason and regular season was 34,055.
The current official Eskimo mascots are Nanook and Punter. Nanook has been the Esks mascot since the 1997 season and he was joined by Punter in 2005.
Cheer Team 
The 2011 Edmonton Eskimo's Cheer Team was coached by Dianne Greenough, who has 17 seasons as coach/choreographer of the Edmonton Eskimo Cheer Team. She brings 33 years of acrobatic cheer leading expertise with her including numerous City, Provincial, National and International Championships as coach of the well-known Victoria School Co-ed Cheer Team. The 2011 team consists of 38 members male and female. The Esks cheer team trains From January to June in preparation for the football season. Once the season begins, the team is featured in the halftime show of the first game, with 300 performers from the Junior Eskimo Cheer Team, the Eski-Mini Cheer Team and the Eski-Ladies Cheer Team. The Esks Cheer Team also travels to several away games and the Grey Cup each year. The team not only performs at Eskimo home games but it is also available for appearances at charitable, non-profit, community, educational and corporate events throughout the Edmonton, Alberta region.
The Dance Team, travels to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to attend the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Dance Camp in mid-August. This is a workshop geared toward the top dancers in North America which includes 4 days of intense dance training with some of the most talented choreographers in North America. The Stunt Team travels to Dallas, Texas for the NCA College Summer Training Camp & Competition in late July as well They receive 4 days of concentrated training from some of the elite cheer-athletes in North America and compete with some of the top college cheer teams in the USA.
Franchise history 
Edmonton played its first series of organized games with the formation of the Alberta Rugby Football Union in 1895. In 1897 the name Esquimaux was adopted. In 1910 the club was officially named the Edmonton Eskimos. Since 1978 the Eskimos have played their home games in Commonwealth Stadium. They are one of the most successful teams in Canadian football history, having won the Grey Cup more than any other team except the Toronto Argonauts, and being the run-away leader in attendance for many years.
The team holds many impressive records, including five consecutive Grey Cup wins (1978 to 1982), and 34 consecutive years in the playoffs (1972 to 2005), a record no other North American professional team (regardless of sport) has equalled. Former Eskimos have figured prominently in Alberta political life: past players include two former provincial premiers (E. Peter Lougheed and Donald Getty), a former mayor of Edmonton (Bill Smith), and a lieutenant-governor (Norman Kwong).
During the glory years of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Edmonton Eskimos won five Grey Cup championships in a row. Since Edmonton re-entered the CFL in 1949, only one team has managed to win three in row (Eskimos 1954 to 1956), let alone five. Their achievements were documented in the book, Decade of Excellence, with photographs by Bob Peterson. The Eskimos have also enjoyed great attendance in the stands as they have led the league in attendance since 2001.
Notable seasons 
Record 13 (in the modern era) CFL championships 
League annals show 13 CFL championships, the most in the CFL in the modern era and second overall to the Toronto Argonauts, who have 16. The first three were won before the official founding of the league. The Eskimos are also the only team to win five consecutive CFL titles, having accomplished this from (1978 to 1982) under Hugh Campbell and they also had a three-peat from 1954 to 1956) under Frank Ivy.
Green and Gold 1949–1957 
The Eskimos adopted their now famous Green and Gold uniforms in 1949. The following year Edmonton would make history when they met the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the first professional playoff game played at night under lights. Edmonton was defeated 21–11 by Toronto in the 1952 Grey Cup played at Toronto's Varsity Stadium. In 1953, Eskimo halfback Billy Vessels was named the first winner of the Schenley Award as the league's Outstanding Player. Led by Head Coach Frank "Pop" Ivy, the Eskimos "original dynasty" would win the first of three consecutive (1954–1956) Grey Cup titles, starting with a thrilling 26–25 win over Montreal in the 1954 Grey Cup in Toronto that featured Jackie Parker's fumble recovery and 84 yard touchdown that has become one of the most famous plays in Canadian sports history. Edmonton and Montreal would be back in the Grey Cup the following year in Vancouver and the Eskimos prevailed 34–19. Edmonton's Normie Kwong took home the Schenley as the league's top player. In the 1956 Grey Cup, Edmonton with Canadian quarterback Don Getty at the helm romped over the Als 50–27. Normie Kwong took home his second consecutive Schenley and "Pop" Ivy was named Coach of the Year. Edmonton's bid for a fourth straight Cup would end in the West Final with a loss to Winnipeg, but there were plenty of individual honours as Jackie Parker won the Schenley, Johnny Bright was the league's leading rusher and Mike Lashuk was the top rookie.
In 1958, Sam Lyle replaced Ivy as the Esks head coach. Jackie Parker won his second straight Schenley and Johnny Bright was again the CFL's top rusher. Lyle would step down following the season. Former Eskimo player Eagle Keys was named head coach in 1959. The Eskimos ushered in the 1960s with a 16–6 loss to Ottawa in the Grey Cup. Jackie Parker won his third consecutive Schenley Award. The Esks stumbled through the 1962–1963 seasons with a record of 8–23–1. In 1964, Neill Armstrong replaced Eagle Keys as coach and the Esks adopted the nine man board of directors to help manage business operations. In 1966, Norm Kimball was promoted from coordinator of minor football to general manager and the work would start on Edmonton's "Next Dynasty".
The next dynasty 1970–1976 
In 1970, Ray Jauch replaced Neill Armstrong and was named CFL Coach of the Year in his first year at the helm. Two former Eskimo greats were inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame: Johnny Bright (1970) and Jackie Parker (1971). 1973 was highlighted by Edmonton's 8th trip to the Grey Cup. The Esks lost 22–18 to Ottawa, but the team served notice of great things to come. George McGowan tied a CFL record with 15 receptions in one game and was named 1970 Schenley Award winner while teammate Dave Cutler set a new league mark with 32 field goals in a season.
Quarterback Tom Wilkinson (Canadian football) who had joined the Eskimos in 1972 as part of a key multi-player deal with BC led the Eskimos to the 1974 Grey Cup only to fall 20–7 to Montreal. Wilkinson would be named the Schenley Award winner that year.
The 1975 edition of the Esks would roll to a 12–4 regular season record and a trip to the first ever Prairie Grey Cup at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. Edmonton would get all of its field goals from Dave Cutler to defeat Montreal 9–8. In 1976 the Eskimos dropped to third in the Western Conference and lost to Saskatchewan in the 1976 Western Final.
Five in a Row: The Hugh Campbell Era (1977–1982) 
Edmonton named Hugh Campbell as Head Coach in 1977 and the move paid immediate dividends. Edmonton lost the 1977 Grey Cup 41–6 to the hometown Alouettes, playing before a record crowd of 68, 318 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Linebacker and future Hall of Famer Dan Kepley won the Schenley as the CFL's top Defensive Player.
On August 23, 1978, the Esks played their last game at Clarke Stadium and moved to the newly constructed Commonwealth Stadium. With a punishing defence led by Dan Kepley and "Dr. Death" Dave Fennell Edmonton would beat Montreal 20–13 in the 1978 Grey Cup and the "Five in a Row" Dynasty was off and running. The Esks and Als met again in the 1979 Grey Cup with Edmonton prevailing 17–9. There was no shortage of individual honours as receiver Brian Kelly was named top rookie, Dave Fennell Outstanding Canadian and Mike Wilson the top lineman. The city clearly loved the Green and Gold as the Esks set a Western Conference attendance record of 340,239.
The new decade would start much the way the last one ended. The talent laden Eskimos piled up 505 points en route to a 13–3 regular season record and meeting with Hamilton in the 1980 Grey Cup in Toronto. Tom Scott had 3 TDs and Jim Germany added a pair as Edmonton hammered the Tiger-Cats 48–10. Dan Kepley was named the CFL's Outstanding Defensive Player. Winning had now become a habit, and the next season the Esks set league records with a 14–1–1 record and their fourth straight Grey Cup when they defeated Ottawa 26–23. In 1982, the Esks stumbled out of the gate with a 3–5 record and Hugh Campbell announced it would be his last season. Campbell was named Head Coach of the NFL's Houston Oilers in 1977. Following Campbell's announcement, the Esks reeled off 8 straight wins, a West Division championship and a trip to the 1982 Grey Cup against Toronto. Edmonton soundly beat the Argos 32–16 to win their fifth straight Grey Cup. Dave Fennell won Outstanding Canadian and Outstanding Defensive Player in the Grey Cup, quarterback Warren Moon was Outstanding Player and James "Quick" Parker won the Schenley Award as the CFL's Outstanding Defensive Player.
The End of a Dynasty: Parker & Faragalli (1983–1990) 
|Season||Won||Lost||Tied||Points||Division Standing||Playoff Outcome||Head Coach||Quarterbacks|
|1983||8||8||0||16||3/4||Lost Western Semi-Final to Winnipeg Blue Bombers 49–22||Ketella, Parker||Moon, Dunigan|
|1984||9||7||0||18||3/4||Lost Western Semi-Final to Winnipeg Blue Bombers 55–20||Parker||Dunigan|
|1985||10||6||0||20||3/4||Lost Western Semi-Final to Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22–15||Parker||Dunigan, Allen|
|1986||13||4||1||27||1/4||Lost 74th Grey Cup to Hamilton Tiger-Cats 39–15||Parker||Dunigan, Allen|
|1987||11||7||0||22||2/4||Won 75th Grey Cup against Toronto Argonauts 38–36||Faragalli, Parker||Dunigan, Allen|
|1988||11||7||0||22||1/4||Lost Western Final to B.C. Lions 37–19.||Faragalli||Ham, Allen|
|1989||16||2||0||32||1/4||Lost Western Final to Saskatchewan Roughriders 32–21||Faragalli||Ham|
|1990||10||8||0||20||2/4||Lost 78th Grey Cup to Winnipeg Blue Bombers 50–11||Faragalli||Ham|
1983 marked the end of the dynasty and ushered in a period of 're-tooling' for the Green and Gold. Moon left for the Houston Oilers and Pete Kettela had the unenviable task of following in Hugh Campbell's footsteps. Kettela was fired following a Labour Day loss in Calgary and replaced by Jackie Parker who led the Esks to three consecutive third place finishes (1983, 1984, 1985). In 1986, the Esks rebounded with a record of 13–4–1 and a first place finish, but were trounced 39–15 by Hamilton 1986 Grey Cup in Vancouver. Hugh Campbell returned to Edmonton as the club's general manager, a post he would hold until 1997.
With Joe Faragalli as head coach, 1987 marked recording setting seasons for receiver Brian Kelly and kick returner Gizmo Williams, a return to form for the Esks and Edmonton's tenth Grey Cup title. Quarterback Damon Allen was chosen Outstanding Player in the Esks 38–36 Grey Cup win over Toronto.
The Eskimos celebrated their 40th anniversary in 1989 and set a CFL record for most wins in a season (16), most points (644), most TDs (70), yards gained (7,951) and Tracy Ham set a pro football (CFL & NFL) record for yards rushing by a quarterback in a season (1,051).
The Eskimos entered the new decade with a trip to the Grey Cup against Winnipeg but lost the championship game 50–11. Faragalli left following the season and was replaced by Ron Lancaster who, in his first season, led the Esks to a 12–6 first place finish before losing to Calgary in the West Final. Fullback Blake Marshall tied the CFL record for most TDs in a season (20) and was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian. Gizmo Williams continued to electrify fans and established new records for most punt return yards in a season (1,140), most punt return yards in a game (232) and most punt return TDs in a season (5).
The Lancaster Era (1991–1997) 
|Season||Won||Lost||Tied||Points||Division Standing||Playoff Outcome||Head Coach||Quarterbacks|
|1991||12||6||0||24||1/4||Lost Western Final to Calgary Stampeders 38–26||Lancaster||Ham|
|1992||10||8||0||20||2/4||Lost Western Final to Calgary Stampeders 23–22||Lancaster||Ham|
|1993||12||6||0||24||2/5||Won 81st Grey Cup against Winnipeg Blue Bombers 33–23||Lancaster||Allen|
|1994||13||5||0||26||2/6||Lost Western Semi-Final to B.C. Lions 24–23||Lancaster||Allen|
|1995||13||5||0||26||2/8||Lost Western Final to Calgary Stampeders 37–4||Lancaster||Bell|
|1996||11||7||0||22||2/5||Lost 84th Grey Cup to Toronto Argonauts 43–37||Lancaster||McManus|
|1997||12||6||0||24||1/4||Lost Western Final to Saskatchewan Roughriders 31–30||Lancaster||McManus, Crandell|
Ron Lancaster was named the 12th Head Coach in Edmonton Eskimos history on February 4, 1991. The Eskimos finished first in their division that year but were defeated by the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Final. In 1992, the Esks advanced to the West Final for the 13th time in 21 years but lost to Calgary. Linebacker Willie Pless was named the CFL's Outstanding Defensive player. The following season, Edmonton shook up its roster with a blockbuster eight for eight trade with Toronto. The Esks obtained Ed Berry, Eddie Brown, Bruce Dickenson, Rickey Foggie, J.P. Izquierdo, Len Johnson, Darrell K. Smith and in a separate deal reacquired Damon Allen from Hamilton. Edmonton rolled to eight consecutive victories including a 33–23 win over Winnipeg to win their 11th Grey Cup. Sean Fleming accounted for 21 of Edmonton's points and was named Outstanding Canadian in the Grey Cup.
Edmonton posted back to back second place finishes in 1994 and 1995, Willie Pless was named the CFL's Outstanding Defensive Player two straight seasons (1994–1995), and in 1995 set a new league record by qualifying for the playoffs for a 24th straight season. In 1996, the Eskimos finished second in the West and advanced to their 19th Grey Cup appearance, losing 43–37 to Toronto. Ron Lancaster passed Hugh Campbell for most wins as an Eskimo head coach with 71 and Lancaster became just the third coach in team history to be named CFL Coach of the Year. With Edmonton hosting Grey Cup 1997, the Eskimos finished first in the West with a 12–6 record, only to be upset in the West Final at Commonwealth Stadium by Saskatchewan Lancaster left the Eskimos following the 1997 season as the winningest coach in team history (83).
From Lancaster to The Don (1998–2000) 
|Season||Won||Lost||Tied||OT Loss||Points||Division Standing||Playoff Outcome||Head Coach||Quarterbacks|
|1998||9||9||0||-||18||2/4||Lost Western Final to Calgary Stampeders 33–10||Stephenson||Crandell|
|1999||6||12||0||-||12||3/4||Lost Western Semi-Final to Calgary Stampeders 30–17||Matthews||Crandell, Greene|
|2000||10||8||0||1||22||2/4||Lost Western Semi-Final to B.C. Lions 34–32||Matthews||Greene, Maas|
1998 marked the one and only season for ex-Sacramento and San Antonio head coach Kay Stephenson who replaced Lancaster. Stephenson resigned following the 1998 season and was replaced by the winningest coach in CFL history – Don Matthews. The Esks were 6–12 and third in the West in Matthews first season, but qualified for the playoffs for the 28th straight year.
The start of the new millennium was the end of the great Gizmo Williams' playing career. After 200 games in Green and Gold, Williams left football as the leading kick returner of all-time.
Tom Higgins (2001–2004) 
|Season||Won||Lost||Tied||OT Loss||Points||Division Standing||Playoff Outcome||Head Coach||Quarterbacks|
|2001||9||9||0||1||19||1/4||Lost Western Final to Calgary Stampeders 34–16||Higgins||Greene, Maas|
|2002||13||5||0||0||26||1/5||Lost 90th Grey Cup to Montreal Alouettes 25–26||Higgins||Ray, Maas|
|2003||13||5||0||-||26||1/5||Won 91st Grey Cup against Montreal Alouettes 34–22||Higgins||Ray, Maas|
|2004||9||9||0||-||18||2/5||Lost Western Semi-Final to Saskatchewan Roughriders 14–6||Higgins||Maas|
In 2001, General Manager Tom Higgins replaced Don Matthews as Head Coach. Higgins had served as the Eskimo's General Manager from 1997 to 2000. Jason Maas became the first Eskimo quarterback since 1990 to be named a CFL West All-Star in leading Edmonton to a first place finish and a trip to the West Final. Sean Fleming set a team record with 22 consecutive field goals and was named a West All-Star as both punter and kicker.
In 2002 Edmonton was named host city for the 90th Grey Cup and the Eskimos did not disappoint fans who were hoping they would become the first Western team since BC in 1994 to both play in and host a Grey Cup game. Led by rookie quarterback Ricky Ray, CFL leading rusher John Avery, slotback Terry Vaughn, who set a league record with his 8th consecutive 1000 yards receiving season, and CFL sack leader Elfrid Payton, Edmonton finished 13–5, good for first in the West and second overall. Edmonton defeated Winnipeg 33–30 in the West Final and advanced to the Grey Cup against Montreal, which the Als won 25–16. Six Eskimos were named to the CFL West All-Star team: John Avery, Jason Tucker, Terry Vaughn, Bruce Beaton, Elfrid Payton and Sean Fleming. Avery, Fleming, Payton, Vaughn and Tucker were selected to the 2002 CFL All-Star team. Payton capped his career year by winning the CFL Outstanding Defensive Player award, while teammate Bruce Beaton was runner-up as Outstanding Lineman.
In 2003 expectations were high for the Grey Cup finalists from the year previous and with off-season acquisitions of Kevin Lefsrud, Mike Pringle and Thomas Haskins from the Montreal Alouettes, there was no shortage of championship flavor in the Eskimo locker room. Led by super-sophomore Ricky Ray, the Eskimos tore up the CFL in numerous offensive categories with Mike Pringle leading the league in rushing touchdowns and Terry Vaughn enjoying a career year in receiving yardage. The offensive line allowed the fewest sacks propelling a Ray and co. to another 13–5 mark, first place in the West Division and second overall in the CFL. Edmonton defeated Saskatchewan 30–23 in the West Final and crashed the 'Riders Grey Cup party in Regina. The Eskimos exacted revenge on their foes from the east by defeating Montreal 33–24 for their first championship in 10 years and their twelfth in team history. Eight Eskimos were named to the CFL West All-Star team: Mike Pringle, Terry Vaughn, Ed Hervey, Dan Comiskey, Bruce Beaton, Donny Brady and Shannon Garrett. Hervey, Beaton and Brady were selected to the 2003 CFL All-Star team.
In 2004, Mike Pringle passed George Reed to become the CFL's all-time leading rusher and Jason Maas became the 2nd player in Eskimo history to pass for more than 5,000 yards (5270) and also set a new CFL record for consecutive completions in a game with 22 versus Winnipeg. Malcolm Frank set a new league standard for touchdowns on interception returns with five. Higgins resigned as the Eskimo's Head Coach in 2004 following a controversial failed fake punt call in the Western Semi-Final. A local newspaper reported that "His perpetually sunny disposition made him a lightning rod for more criticism in the media and the public than would normally befall a man with a 44–28 record. When you beam through even the darkest days, people begin to wonder if you're more than a few yards short of a first down."
Cellar Dwellers: From Maciocia to Tillman (2005–2012) 
|Season||Won||Lost||Tied||Points||Division Standing||Playoff Outcome||Head Coach||Quarterbacks|
|2005||11||7||0||22||3/5||Won 93rd Grey Cup against Montreal Alouettes 38–35 in overtime||Maciocia||Ray, Maas|
|2006||7||11||0||14||4/4||Failed to Qualify||Maciocia||Ray|
|2007||5||12||1||11||4/4||Failed to Qualify||Maciocia||Ray|
|2008||10||8||0||20||4/4||Lost Cross-Over Eastern Final to Montreal Alouettes 36–26||Maciocia||Ray, Maas|
|2009||9||9||0||18||3/4||Lost Western Semi-Final to Calgary Stampeders 24–21||Hall||Ray, Maas|
|2010||7||11||0||14||4/4||Failed to Qualify||Hall||Ray, Maas|
|2011||11||7||0||22||2/4||Lost Western Final to B.C. Lions 43–20||Reed||Ray, Joseph|
|2012||7||11||0||14||4/4||Lost Cross-Over Eastern Semi-Final to Toronto Argonauts 42–26||Reed||Joseph, Jyles, Nichols|
The Eskimos began 2005 with a new head coach when Danny Maciocia was named the club's 17th head coach and the team's first Canadian-born head man since Annis Stukus (1949–1951). Sean Fleming kicked his 465th career field goal, passing Dave Cutler for 1st on Edmonton's All-Time Field goal list. Ricky Ray became the 3rd Eskimo player to pass for 5,000 yards in a season (joining Warren Moon and Jason Maas). The Eskimos made the playoffs for the 34th consecutive year and won the Grey Cup with a 38–35 overtime win against Montreal. Ricky Ray set a Grey Cup completions record by completing 35 of 45 passes on his way to being named the Grey Cup MVP.
In 2006, QB Ricky Ray led the CFL in passing yards with 5,000 and he and WR Jason Tucker were both named CFL All-Stars. The Eskimos finished the season 7–11 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 35 years. The team missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season in 2007.
In 2008, the Eskimos returned to the playoffs after finishing the season 10–8. The Esks crossed over to the East Semi-Final against Winnipeg and became the first western team to win a crossover game in the playoffs. The green and gold lost to the Montreal Alouettes in the East Final the following week. Several team and league records were set: QB Ricky Ray broke two of Warren Moon's club records to become first in career touchdown passes (145) and first in passing yards in a season (5,648). He also set a CFL single-game record with a 92% completion rate when he went 23 of 25 for 302 yards and two touchdowns in the final game of the 2008 Edmonton Eskimos season. DB Jason Goss tied Eskimo records for interception touchdowns in a game (2) and interceptions in a game (3) and became second in CFL history for most interception return yards in a game (144).
The 2009 Edmonton Eskimos season, began with Danny Maciocia stepping down as Head Coach and being named General Manager and Director of Football Operations. Long-time Saskatchewan defensive coordinator Richie Hall was named Eskimo head coach. He would lead the team to a 9–9 record, third in the CFL West, and lose to Calgary in the West Semi-Final. Fred Stamps lead all CFL receivers with 1,402 yards.
Danny Maciocia was fired as General Manager on July 31, 2010 and Eric Tillman was appointed as Esks General Manager on September 14, 2010. The 2010 Edmonton Eskimos season, would also be coach Richie Hall's second and final season as head coach of the Eskimos as the team finished with a 7–11 record.
Kavis Reed was appointed as the new Head Coach of the Eskimos in 2011. The team finished second in the West division, their best regular season finish since 2005. The Esks would go on to beat the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Division semi-finals and lose to the BC Lions in the CFL West Division championship game.
On December 12, 2011 the Ricky Ray era came to an end in Edmonton, as the Eskimos traded star quarterback Ricky Ray to the Toronto Argonauts for quarterback Steven Jyles, kicker Grant Shaw and a first-round draft pick in the 2012 Canadian draft. The Eskimos finished 2012 last in the Western Division, but one game ahead of both Hamilton and Winnipeg, which landed the Eskies a spot in the Eastern semi-final. In the last game of the season, sophomore linebacker J.C. Sherritt broke the CFL's single season tackle record with 130 tackles. The Eskimos fired General Manager Eric Tillman one week prior to playoffs, citing no specific reason for his dismissal. The Eskimos lost the semi-final to Ricky Ray and the Toronto Argonauts 42–26.
Origin of the uniform 
The current uniform colours, green and gold, were adopted when the Eskimos received uniforms from the University of Alberta Golden Bears football team, which was dormant due to a lack of competition in 1949. The colours have remained since that time, and the Golden Bears maintain them to this day as well. Overall, the jersey and colours have remained relatively the same over the years with only minor modifications made every so often. In 2001, the Eskimos introduced white pants to be worn with their away jerseys and have continued to wear them on occasion to this day. In the 2005 CFL season, all CFL teams switched to a Reebok designed template, yet the jerseys for the Eskimos stayed much the same. In that same year, the Eskimos introduced an alternate jersey for the first time in the franchise's history. Green pants were also introduced at this time and have been worn with their home and away jerseys since then. The alternate gold jersey was last worn in 2007, as they mainly use their green jerseys. Along with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, they were one of the few teams to alternate the pants and jersey combinations of their uniforms within a season.
The Eskimos had their jerseys remodelled for the 2012 season and brought back the green helmets that were worn for the Labour Day game and rematch in 2008. The green helmets were worn with the away jerseys and marked the first time in franchise history that a helmet other than gold was worn as a regular facet of the uniform. It was also the first time in franchise history that two different helmets were worn for home and away uniforms. The team also stopped alternating pant and jersey combinations during this season, using consistent home and away looks all year long.
Wall of Honour 
The Eskimos honour players who have best represented the team on the field. The player's name, number and seasons played with the Eskimos is displayed on the edge of the concrete separating the upper and lower decks of Commonwealth Stadium. The Eskimos keep the number in circulation rather than retire them from use.
Numbers so honoured as of 2011[update]:
- 1 Warren Moon (2001)
- 2 Henry "Gizmo" Williams (2002)
- 11 Sean Fleming (2011)
- 12 Tom Wilkinson (1982)
- 13 Larry Highbaugh (1996)
- 22 Tom Scott (1993)
- 24 Johnny Bright (1983)
- 26 Dave Cutler (1986)
- 27 Don Getty (1992)
- 30 Danny Bass (1992)
- 36 Oscar Kruger (1992)
- 39 Willie Pless (2004)
- 42 Danny Kepley (1987)
- 47 Larry Wruck (2011)
- 51 Frank "Guts" Anderson (1985)
- 53 Frank Morris (1984)
- 55 Ron Estay (2010)
- 60 Chris Morris (2008)
- 65 Dave Fennell (1984)
- 66 Roger Nelson (1987)
- 66 John LaGrone (1988)
- 67 Rod Connop (2005)
- 70 Brian Kelly (1989)
- 76 George McGowan (1985)
- 77 Tommy Joe Coffey (1988)
- 91 Jackie Parker (1983)
- 94 Rollie Miles (1983)
- 95 Normie Kwong (1984)
Team song 
During each home game fans stand and sing the "Edmonton Eskimos Fight Song" to the tune "Washington and Lee Swing":
- We're cheering fight, fight, fight on Eskimos
- We're marching right, right, right on Eskimos
- We're charging down the field for all to see
- and shouting rah, rah, rah, fight on to victory
- We're fighting on till every game is won
- The Green and Gold is bold and when we're done
- we'll tell the world we're proud of Edmonton
- and the Edmonton Eskimos!
Current roster 
Edmonton Eskimos roster
9-Game Injured List
Italics indicate Import player
Current front office and coaching staff 
Edmonton Eskimos Staff
Special Teams Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
Head coaches 
- Annis Stukus (1949–1952)
- Frank Filchock (1952)
- Darrell Royal (1953)
- Pop Ivy (1954–1957)
- Sam Lyle (1958)
- Eagle Keys (1959–1963)
- Neill Armstrong (1964–1969)
- Ray Jauch (1970–1977)
- Hugh Campbell (1977–1982)
- Pete Kettela (1983)
- Jackie Parker (1983–1987)
- Joe Faragalli (1987–1990)
- Ron Lancaster (1991–1997)
- Kay Stephenson (1998)
- Don Matthews (1999–2000)
- Tom Higgins (2001–2004)
- Danny Maciocia (2005–2008)
- Richie Hall (2009–2010)
- Kavis Reed (2011–present)
General managers 
Stadium and Training Facilities 
The Edmonton Eskimos Football Club play their home games at the newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium in the city of champions, Edmonton, Alberta. Commonwealth Stadium is a state of the art sports and entertainment venue, that seats 63,317 fans with ease. The major renovations and overhaul that began in 2009, include the following:
- A $26 million field house. Construction of the field house began in April 2009, and the field house has 90,000 square feet on three levels. It is an indoor field house with a new full width practice field (an artificial turf field), running track, stretching area and weight room on another level.
- On site executive offices.
- A players lounge.
- A state of the art locker room, that rivals and surpasses the player accommodations in a number of NFL stadiums, and it is by far one of the best locker rooms in the CFL.
- The meeting rooms or on the second level for game day events and meetings.
- There is a hot tub and cold tub in the training area.
- New media center and treatment rooms.
- the stadium undertook a $2.7 million renovation to the field turf in 2010 and spent fifty thousand on SOD and maintenance alone.
- The stadium has added major lighting upgrades that are unique to any other stadium currently in the CFL.
The total cost of the ongoing development and renovation of Commonwealth and the development of the North Central Community Recreation Center and Field House (NCCRC) is projected to be around $110 million dollars.
630 CHED is the home of the Edmonton Eskimo radio broadcast. The Eskimos and CHED Announced a four-year Broadcast Agreement on Feb 6, 2009. The Eskimo broadcast team of Morley Scott and Dave Campbell call every home and away game from pre-season through to playoffs.
See also 
- Edmonton Eskimos all-time records and statistics
- Canadian Football Hall of Fame
- Canadian football
- Comparison of Canadian and American football
- List of Canadian Football League seasons
- List of fan-owned sports teams
- Eskimos left out in cold
- By the Numbers: Playoffs???!!!
- 2009 Eskimos Financial Report http://www.esks.com/uploads/assets/EDM/pages/fan_zone/2008FinancialStatement.pdf
- Edmonton Eskimo Football Club Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements December 31, 2010 http://www.esks.com/uploads/assets/EDM/News_2011/2011_AGM_Financial-Condensed.pdf
- Stats are result of research conducted by Comperio Research in 2007 as posted on team website
- Eskimos set new attendance record http://www.esks.com/article/eskimos-set-new-attendance-record
- CFL Attendance
- Barnes, Dan "Higgins makes the right call" Edmonton Journal 11 Nov 2004 A1
- Esks 2008 Season In Review http://www.esks.com/page/season_in_review
- Esks 2009 Season In Review http://www.esks.com/page/season_in_review
- Esks 2010 Season In Review http://www.esks.com/page/season_in_review
- Esks 2011 Season In Review http://www.esks.com/page/season_in_review
- Argos land Ray http://www.canada.com/sports/Eskimos+trade+Argos/5847552/story.html
- The City of Champions House a Championship Style Stadium http://www.stadiumjourney.com/stadiums/commonwealth-stadium-s1014/
- Eskimos and CHED Announce Broadcast Agreement http://www.esks.com/video/index/id/7255
- Edmonton Eskimos Football Club Official website
- Edmonton Eskimos page at TSN.ca
- Edmonton Eskimos page at Slam.canoe.ca
- Edmonton Eskimos Page at the Edmonton Journal Online
- Edmonton Eskimos page at 630ched.com
- Edmonton Eskimos page at Oursportscentral.com
- Official Facebook Page
- Official Twitter Account
- Edmonton Eskimos Fan Site
- Edmonton Eskimos History
- CFL Scrapbook Edmonton Eskimos
- Watch Football Story, a 1953 National Film Board of Canada documentary about the Edmonton Eskimos
- Esks Annual General Meeting 2010
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