Fred Stamps. Even the name inspires memories of one of the all-time greats in the Edmonton sports scene. On Tuesday, the four-time CFL All-Star receiver elected to sign a one day contract with the Edmonton Eskimos’ and retire in the green and gold. He went on to say “I will always appreciate and carry in my heart my amazing coaches, teammates, Eskimos’ staff and fans,” and more importantly, “Once an Eskimo, Always an Eskimo.”
On June 14, Stamps will be returning to The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium for the home opener and a pre-game autograph session. Stamps will be acknowledged for his career at halftime.
Eskimos General Manager and Vice-President of Football Operations Brock Sunderland had this to say about Fred Stamps: “When you think of all-time great Eskimos through the years, Fred Stamps is always included in that list. He was a dominating player that other teams were fearful of every time they played the Green and Gold. It’s only right that he signs back where he belongs to retire an Eskimo.”
Stamps originally signed with Edmonton as a free agent in 2006. He played eight seasons for the team bringing in 7,932 yards, 496 catches, and 49 touchdowns in 117 games.
He currently sits third all-time in Eskimos’ career receptions, tied for second in most receptions in a game, tied for third in most consecutive 1000-yard seasons and second in career yards.
The only other team he played for in the CFL was Montreal.
Thank you for all your years in Edmonton Stamps, you will be truly missed.
If you’d like to be there on June 14th for the pre-game autograph session. You can purchase tickets for $22.22 in honour of Stamps until April 11 at 8 PM.
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