1988 CFL season

1988 CFL season

The 1988 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 35th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 31st Canadian Football League season.

CFL News in 1988

The Canadian Football Network reached an agreement with the CFL to extend its network for two more seasons.

Game rosters were revised to consist of 20-Non Imports, 14-Imports and 2-Quarterbacks. The reserve list was lowered from 4 players to 2 players. In addition, if a team decides to dress 14-Imports, one of those imports have to be designated as a special teams player.

On Monday, December 12, the CFL Board of Governors appointed Roy McMurty as Chairman-Chief Executive Officer and Bill Baker as President-Chief Operating Officer. Their appointments were confirmed on Sunday, January 1, 1989. The CFL Board of Governors also approved the sale of the Toronto Argonauts from Carling O'Keefe Breweries to Harry Ornest.

Regular Season Standings

Final regular season standings

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

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
*"Edmonton and Toronto have first round byes."

Grey Cup playoffs

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the 1988 Grey Cup champions, defeating the British Columbia Lions 22-21, at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park. This was the first Grey Cup game between two teams from west of Ontario, and the first to be won by a team which had only a .500 season. The Blue Bombers' James Murphy (WR) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Michael Gray (DT) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence, while Bob Cameron (K/P) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

RD1=November 13: Division Semifinals
RD2=November 20: Division Finals
RD3=November 27: 76th Grey Cup @ Lansdowne Park - Ottawa, ON
RD1-team1=Hamilton Tiger-Cats
RD1-team2=Winnipeg Blue Bombers
RD1-team3=British Columbia Lions
RD1-team4=Saskatchewan Roughriders
RD2-team1=Winnipeg Blue Bombers
RD2-team2=Toronto Argonauts
RD2-team3=British Columbia Lions
RD2-team4=Edmonton Eskimos
RD3-team1=Winnipeg Blue Bombers
RD3-team2=British Columbia Lions

1988 CFL All-Stars


*QB - Matt Dunigan, British Columbia Lions
*RB - Anthony Cherry, British Columbia Lions
*RB - Gill Fenerty, Toronto Argonauts
*SB - Ray Elgaard, Saskatchewan Roughriders
*SB - Emanuel Tolbert, Calgary Stampeders
*WR - David Williams, British Columbia Lions
*WR - James Murphy, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
*C - Ian Beckstead, Toronto Argonauts
*OG - Roger Aldag, Saskatchewan Roughriders
*OG - Gerald Roper, British Columbia Lions
*OT - Chris Schultz, Toronto Argonauts
*OT - Jim Mills, British Columbia Lions


*DT - Mike Walker, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
*DT - Brett Williams, Edmonton Eskimos
*DE - Grover Covington, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
*DE - Bobby Jurasin, Saskatchewan Roughriders
*LB - Danny Bass, Edmonton Eskimos
*LB - Greg Stumon, British Columbia Lions
*LB - Willie Pless, Toronto Argonauts
*CB - Stanley Blair, Edmonton Eskimos
*CB - Reggie Pleasant, Toronto Argonauts
*DB - Selwyn Drain, Toronto Argonauts
*DB - Howard Fields, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
*DS - Bennie Thompson, Winnipeg Blue Bombers


*P - Bob Cameron, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
*K - Dave Ridgway, Saskatchewan Roughriders
*ST - Earl Winfield, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

1988 CFL Awards

*CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award - David Williams (WR), British Columbia Lions
*CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award - Ray Elgaard (SB), Saskatchewan Roughriders
*CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award - Grover Covington (DE), Hamilton Tiger-Cats
*CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award - Roger Aldag (OG), Saskatchewan Roughriders
*CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award - Orville Lee (RB), Ottawa Rough Riders
*CFLPA's Most Outstanding Community Service Award - Hector Pothier (OT), Edmonton Eskimos
*CFL's Coach of the Year - Mike Riley, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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