1983 CFL season

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The 1983 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 30th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 26th Canadian Football League season.

CFL News in 1983[edit]

The CFL re-signed with Carling O'Keefe Breweries to another record television contract worth $33 million to cover a three-year period from 1983 to 1986.

The BC Lions opened their new stadium, BC Place this season, and with it, introduced shorter endzones to its stadium (20 yards in length as opposed to the then-standard 25 yards). This was because the floor of the stadium was too short to accommodate the 25 yard endzones; the shorter endzone length would become standard in the CFL three years later, in 1986.

The league's attendance levels reached an all-time high for all football games with 2,856,031. The Grey Cup game between the Toronto Argonauts and the BC Lions was played in front of 59,345 football fans at BC Place Stadium (the first lion gross gate).

In addition, CBC, CTV and Radio-Canada's coverage of the Grey Cup game attracted the largest viewing audience in television history for a Canadian sports program with 8,118,000.

The Toronto Argonauts won their first Grey Cup Championship since 1952. This would be the last season all three of the CFL's Ontario-based teams qualified for the playoffs until the 2015 season.

Terry Greer set a pro football record for most receiving yards with 2,003.

Regular season standings[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

West Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
BC Lions 16 11 5 0 477 326 22
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 9 7 0 412 402 18
Edmonton Eskimos 16 8 8 0 450 377 16
Calgary Stampeders 16 8 8 0 425 378 16
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 5 11 0 360 536 10
East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Toronto Argonauts 16 12 4 0 452 328 24
Ottawa Rough Riders 16 8 8 0 384 424 16
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16 5 10 1 389 498 11
Montreal Concordes 16 5 10 1 367 447 11
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • BC and Toronto have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs[edit]

The Toronto Argonauts are the 1983 Grey Cup champions, defeating the BC Lions, 18–17, in front of their home crowd at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium. This was Toronto's first championship in 31 years, ending the league's longest drought at that time. The Argonauts' Joe Barnes (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Carl Brazley (DB) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence. The Lions' Rick Klassen (DT) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket[edit]

  November 13: Division Semifinals     November 20: Division Finals     November 27: 71st Grey Cup @ BC Place StadiumVancouver, BC
                           
  East     E2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 36  
  E3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33     E1 Toronto Argonauts 41    
  E2 Ottawa Rough Riders 31         E1 Toronto Argonauts 18
      W1 BC Lions 17
  West     W2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21    
  W3 Edmonton Eskimos 22     W1 BC Lions 39  
  W2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 49  

CFL Leaders[edit]

1983 CFL All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

1983 Eastern All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

1983 Western All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

1983 CFL Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CFLapedia".