Monday , August 8 2022

Great night for Bombers & Adam Bighill at the CFL Awards



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It was a great night for Adam Bighill.

And the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Intermediate Backer proved he was going down, the biggest downturn in the Canadian football league – despite being overthrown the same day by Johnny Manziel's signing in Hamilton – after becoming the most outstanding defensive player on Thursday's Shaw CFL awards at Edmonton Winspear Center.

This was the second time in its seven seasons in CFL, the central Washington product was named the league champion's premier defender and has also won the award in 2015 with B.C. Lion.

After a 2017 season with the National Football League, New Orleans Saints, 30-year-old Montesano, WA, returned to the three-decade to sign a one-year contract with Bombers.

And he does not waste one minute of it, earns 105 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles, giving him third overall with 127 defensive games in the season.

"I went down to NFL, had a good experience. It was not best that I'm back here now, right?" Said Bighill, adding that he declined an offer of Tampa Bay Buccaneers to return north. "But the only thing I understood was that I could come back here and have fun playing soccer.

"I could very well have said I wanted to hold it out and make it work here, but I knew I had the opportunity to come back here and come back to doing what I did and have fun. So that was just good to come back here and do what i love. "

CAN CON

While Bighill received all but three out of the 60 votes to beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats line-back Larry Dean, the tightest race was decided in the evening with only four votes.

Ottawa Redblack's recipient Brad Sinopoli won his second most outstanding Canadian award, outskirts Winnipeg's Andrew Harris.

Sinopoli set a new Canadian record 116 receptions on its way to 1,376 meters, four touchdowns and one league leading 486 meters after capture.

Another result Thursday would have done nothing to erase the taste of losing the West Division final from Harriss mouth, especially after being closed by the end of Stampeders.

"I'm still mad at all because I only care so much about the group of guys we had and how close they are," says Harris. "And I just felt like it was the group to get it done. I've been to all the Gray Cup since I've been here in this league and as a spectator since the first time I won it, but this one feels very different.

"It just resembles me that how I felt was a true feeling after the match. But it's over, you can not do anything about it now and just try to do the best in the weekend and enjoy the time with my hubby here and all the festivities . "

Five-foot-11, 202-pound native Winnipeg rushed 239 times for 1,390 meters and eight touchdowns – all career heights – while adding 451 yards and three touchdowns of eight catches this year.

"Yes, he's a huge player, a huge person," said Sinopoli. "I have not been team-mate with him but from all I hear, he's the kind of guy you want to play with.

"He is a good competitor, he is relentless on the field and every game.

"Play in, play out, it's hard to do. He gets a lot of hand, takes a lot of addiction and he never seems to slow down."

CLEAN UP

It is hard to imagine that there may be something in the 2018 season that can stand out for Bo Levi Mitchell without winning on Sunday.

But it did not stop Calgary Stampeder's quarterback from being donated with his second most outstanding player award of his career, and also won the last time Stampeders and Redblack's squad in a Gray Cup final.

The 28-year-old born in Katy, TX threw 5119 meters while leading the league with career-high 35 matching touchdowns to spell the charge to a first place for 13-winner Stampeders, earning 47 votes to 13 for Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

Additional points: Winnipeg's Stanley Bryant was named the most prominent offensive line man for the second time in so many seasons … Redblack's rookie Lewis Ward became just the second player in the CFL story to earn both the best-known special team's award and most prominent rookie after having set a record with a Field Target Precision of 98.1 percent (51 for 52) … BC Lions Fullback Rolly Lumbala Received Jake Gaudaur Veterans Prize … Edmonton Eskimo's Long Snapper Ryan King won the Tom Pate Memorial Prize for outstanding sportsmanhood on and outside the field.

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2018 CFL most outstanding nominees:

PLAYER

Winner: Bo Levi Mitchell (CGY)

Runner Up: Jeremiah Masoli (HAM)

DEFENSIVE

Winner: Adam Bighill (WPG)

Runner Up: Larry Dean (HAM)

CANADIAN

Winner: Brad Sinopoli (OTT)

Runner Up: Andrew Harris (WPG)

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

Winner: Stanley Bryant (WPG)

Runner Up: Brandon Revenberg (HAM)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Winner: Lewis Ward (OTT)

Runner Up: Ty Long (BC)

BEGINNER

Winner: Lewis Ward (OTT)

Runner Up: Jordan Williams-Lambert (SSK)

This year's leader

Winner: Chris Jones (SSK)

Runner Up: Rick Campbell (OTT)

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