According to Rita Mingo of the Calgary Herald on Tuesday, Rob Cote of the Calgary Stampeders won the 2014 Herm Harrison Memorial Award. The award, which was presented for the very first time, is awarded to the Stampeder who makes a significant contribution to community service.
Cote, a fullback, is involved with Hospice Calgary, the Alberta Children's Hospital, KidSport, the Calgary Urban Project Society and Timbits Football. A native of Calgary, Cote was raised in Cochrane, Alberta, fifteen minutes west of Calgary, and attended the very strong Cochrane High School where he played his amateur football.
A member of the Stampeders since 2007, Cote has caught 71 passes for 775 yards and nine touchdowns. He has also had nine career rushing attempts for 39 yards, and has been active on the Stampeders special teams.
Cote's greatest asset as a Calgary Stampeder is to block opposing defensive linemen from getting to running back Jon Cornish. The fullback position has its importance even though not every professional football team across North America continues to use it.
The award is named after Harrison, who died on November 2, 2013 at the age of 74. Harrison was very involved with Special Olympics in Calgary.
A tight end who played his university career at Arizona State, Harrison was a three-time Canadian Football League all-star and six-time Canadian Football League Western Division all-star. In 1968, Harrison led the Canadian Football League with 1306 yards receiving. According to the Canadian Press, Harrison played for the Calgary Stampeders from 1964-1972 and won a Grey Cup in 1971. That year the Stampeders defeated the Toronto Argonauts 14-11.
The award was presented at an event titled The Fan Forum. The event was used to strengthen the Stampeders presence in the community and give the fans an opportunity to interact with the Stampeders players, coaches and personnel.