John Helton

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John Helton
Date of birth (1947-05-23) May 23, 1947 (age 68)
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) DT
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 250 lb (110 kg)
College Arizona State
NFL draft 1969 / Round: 7 / Pick: 157
Drafted by Buffalo Bills
Career history
As player
1969-1978 Calgary Stampeders
1979-1982 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1982
CFL West All-Star 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982
Awards 1979 - Tom Pate Memorial Award
1974 - CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award
1972 - CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman Award
Honors 1971 - Grey Cup champion
Career stats

John Helton (born 23 May 1947) is a former defensive tackle for the Calgary Stampeders from 1969–1978 and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1979-1982 of the Canadian Football League.

High school and college[edit]

John Helton graduated from Captain Jack High School in Mount Union, Central Pennsylvania. Helton was selected in the seventh round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills after a stellar career at Arizona State University, but opted to go to Canada.


John Helton was a CFL-All Star 10 times in 14 years of play at defensive tackle. Helton won a Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 1971. He also lost the 58th Grey Cup in 1970 to the Montreal Alouettes on a very muddy field.


Helton was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1985. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1993. In November 2006, Helton was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#12) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network The Sports Network/TSN, no defensive lineman being ahead of him.


Canadian Football Hall of Fame member Seen in game 3 of the 1970 Western Conference finals in its entirety, won by Calgary on YouTube