Stampeders' Nik Lewis passes 10,000-yard milestone
Stampeders wide receiver Nik Lewis watches the ball bounce away during a game against the Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta., Sept. 14, 2012. (MIKE DREW/QMI Agency)
Calgary Stampeders receiver Nik Lewis keeps climbing the ladder.
The 30-year-old is now fourth on the all-time receiving yardage list among players who have worn the Red & White.
The 5-foot-10, 240-pounder had a 52-yard catch-and-run on the Stamps opening possession Friday night, putting former Stampeders star Travis Moore (9,930) in the rearview mirror.
Before the first half finished, he’d also left former teammate Jeremaine Copeland (15th all-time, with 10,015 yards) in the dust.
Lewis finished the night with 131 yards, boosting his career total to 10,054.
Allen Pitts is, of course, tops among all Stamps receivers and third all-time with 14,891 yards.
Lewis will need to be extremely productive in the twilight of his career to have any shot at passing Pitts.
He signed a contract extension last month and said he expects to play another three seasons in Calgary.
“The way my body feels right now, without a major injury, I think I could play another five or six years,” Lewis said at the time.
“But I don’t think I will. I think I might play three more after this, and then, we’ll see.
“I’ll only play if I can play at a high level. I don’t want to be a burden on the team. If I can’t play at a high level, I don’t want to play.”
Terry Vaughn (fifth all-time at 13,746) and Tommy Scott (11th, 10,837), who played for the Red & White in 1984 but did the majority of his damage with the Edmonton Eskimos, are next up on the franchise hit-list.
B.C. Lions receiver Geroy Simon overtook Winnipeg Blue Bombers legend Milt Stegall earlier this season as the CFL’s all-time yardage leader.
Simon, who may not suit up Saturday against the Toronto Argonauts due to a pulled hamstring, has 15,554 yards in his 14-year career.
Teammate Arland Bruce is the next active player on the list, sitting 12th (10,676).
Nik Lewis’ pursuit of 10,000 yards got most of the attention in Friday’s lopsided affair at McMahon Stadium.
But QB Kevin Glenn quietly passed a milestone of his own. The Stamps pivot picked apart his former team and also surpassed former Bombers great Dieter Brock for 12th spot on the league’s all-time passing yardage charts (35,025 yards).
Kent Austin is next up, 1,005 yards ahead
The Stamps have beaten the Bombers 10 straight times at McMahon Stadium ... The Bombers are the only team in the CFL without a road victory this season (0-6), and they haven’t been close. They’ve lost those half-dozen games by an average of 33.5 points ... Since getting torched 34-8 by the Lions, the Stamps defence has held opponents to 22 points or less in six of seven games ... The Stamps could really create a nice cushion for themselves — as far as nailing down a home playoff game — with a win next weekend in Regina.
Stamps PK Rene Paredes has hit 20-of-22 field goals this season, good for a 90.9% conversion percentage, which is tied for tops in the league.
IT'S OVER 9,000!
Players that have reached the 10,000-yard mark in the CFL, and one that came just short.
1. Geroy Simon: 15,554
2. Milt Stegall: 15,153
3. Allen Pitts: 14,891
4. Darren Flutie: 14,359
5. Terry Vaughn: 13,746
6. Ben Cahoon: 13,301
7. Ray Elgaard: 13,198
8. Don Nacisse: 12,366
9. Derrell Mitchell: 12,014
10. Brian Kelly: 11,169
11. Tom Scott: 10,837
12. Arland Bruce: 10,676
13. Tommy-Joe Coffey: 10,320
14. Earl Winfield: 10,119
15. Nik Lewis: 10,054
16. Jeremaine Copeland: 10,015
17. Travis Moore: 9,930