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Stampeders announce 2014 Wall of Fame members

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According to the Calgary Stampeders website on Monday, the Stampeders announced the six people who will be inducted to their Wall of Fame at McMahon Stadium in 2014. The six are former center Jamie Crysdale, defensive lineman Stu Laird, running back James Sykes, offensive lineman Ron Allbright, athletic therapist Pat Clayton and current equipment manager George Hopkins.

Crysdale won a Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 1998 and 2001 and was a Canadian Football League West Division all-star in 1998. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Crysdale played 210 consecutive games with the Stampeders and his 210 games were 10th all-time in the CFL upon the time of his retirement in 2005. Drafted by the British Columbia Lions in the fourth round, 29th overall in the 1992 CFL Draft, Crysdale signed as a free agent by the Stampeders in 1993 and will play the next 13 years in Calgary.

Laird played for the Stampeders from 1984-1996. A Grey Cup champion in 1992, Laird was a CFL Western Division all-star in 1994. A native of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Laird is second all-time in Stampeders sacks with 72. In 1991, Laird won the Tom Pate Award for his outstanding sportsmanship and contributions to his community. After his playing career, Laird was the president of the CFL Players' Association from 2001-2012.

Sykes played for the Stampeders from 1977-1982. A CFL all-star in 1978 and 1980, Sykes led the CFL in rushing yards in 1980 with 1263 and in 1981 with 1107. Originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 1977 NFL Draft, Sykes, a native of New Waverly, Texas, played six years in Calgary, and had 5361 rushing yards, 2224 receiving yards and 49 touchdowns.

Allbright played guard and tackle with the Stampeders from 1956-1967. During his career, Allbright played 188 games for Calgary. A native of Calgary, Allbright attended Calgary's Western Canada High School.

Clayton was the athletic therapist from 1984-2012, while Hopkins has been with the Stampeders since 1972. The six will be honoured on September 13 against Toronto, unless the CFL players goes on strike.

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