Hank Ilesic

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Hank Ilesic
Date of birth: (1959-09-07) September 7, 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth: Edmonton, Alberta
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): P/K
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
High school: St. Joseph
Organizations
As player:
1977-1982
1983-1989
1989
1990
1990-1993
1994-1995
1998
2001
2005
Edmonton Eskimos
Toronto Argonauts
San Diego Chargers
Los Angeles Rams*
Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
BC Lions
Edmonton Eskimos
Ottawa Renegades*
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1991, 1992
CFL East All-Star: 1991, 1992
CFL West All-Star: 1980, 1981

Henry "Hank" Ilesic (born September 7, 1959, in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former all-star punter in the Canadian Football League. He also handled place kicking and kickoffs. He was twice an all-star punter and played for the CFL for 19 seasons.[1] He played on seven Grey Cup winning teams, and retired in 2001.[1] He remains third overall for Most Punting Yards, All-Time Regular Season.[2] He played one season in the National Football League.

Ilesic, at 6 feet 1 inch and 210 pounds, went straight from St. Joseph's High School to the CFL, starring with his hometown Edmonton Eskimos at age 17 in 1977.[1][3] His punting was an essential part of the Eskimos' record-setting five Grey Cup dynasty. He kicked for Edmonton until joining the Toronto Argonauts in 1983, where he won another Grey Cup.[4] He won the record for most punting yards in the regular season in 1986.[2] He remained there until 1993, then played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats until 1995. Ilesic came out of retirement to punt for the B.C. Lions in 1998, playing only three games. Ilesic signed with the Eskimos again in 2001 and to the Ottawa Renegades practice squad in 2005, but did not play in any games.

Ilesic also punted in 1989 for the San Diego Chargers, punting 76 times in 14 games for 3049 yards, averaging 40.1. He signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 1990,[3] but did not play.

Ilesic is the CFL's third all-time leading punter in yardage with 91,753 yards.[2] His 8,004 yards in 1986 is the second most for a season in league history.[2] He was on a CFL record seven Grey Cup winning teams and is eighth all-time in CFL history for regular season games played with 259. His 19 seasons played ranks his tied for fourth all-time. His is also fifth all-time for scoring single points in the regular season with 185, many coming on his exceptionally long kick-offs.

Unlike most modern-day placekickers, Ilesic kicked with the front of his toe and not the side.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Brian Snelgrove (August 22, 2010). "Team Retro Profile: Edmonton Eskimos". Official Site of the Canadian Football League. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Regular Season All-Time Records". Official Site of the Canadian Football League. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "RAMS Ilesic Gets His Foot in the Door in Competition for Punting Job". Los Angeles Times. May 25, 1990. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Grey Cup Roster: 25 YEARS LATER: 1983 GREY CUP". Official Home of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club. November 26, 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2011.