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The EDMONTON ESKIMOS are a professional Canadian football
Canadian football
team based in Edmonton
Edmonton
, Alberta
Alberta
, competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Eskimos
Eskimos
play their home games at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium and are the third-youngest franchise in the CFL. The Eskimos
Eskimos
were founded in 1949, although there were clubs with the name Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos
Eskimos
as early as 1895. The Eskimos
Eskimos
are arguably the most successful CFL franchise of the modern era (since 1954), having won the league's Grey Cup
Grey Cup
championship fourteen times, second overall only to the Toronto Argonauts who have won sixteen. This includes a three-peat between 1954 and 1956 and an unmatched five consecutive wins between 1978 and 1982, and most recently in 2015 .

The Eskimos
Eskimos
hold a North American professional sports record by qualifying for the playoffs for 34 consecutive years between 1972 and 2005 . Edmonton
Edmonton
has had the most regular season division championships in the modern era with 21, with their most recent coming in 2015 . The team has a rivalry with the Calgary Stampeders
Calgary Stampeders
and are one of the three community owned teams currently operating in the CFL.

CONTENTS

* 1 Team facts

* 2 Ownership

* 2.1 Board of directors

* 3 History

* 3.1 Origins of the name * 3.2 Team history

* 4 Uniform * 5 Wall of Honour * 6 Team song * 7 Current roster * 8 Current coaching staff * 9 Head coaches * 10 CFL awards and trophies * 11 Mascots * 12 See also * 13 References * 14 External links

TEAM FACTS

Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos
Eskimos
Wordmark FOUNDED: 1949, although other teams named the Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos
Eskimos
existed 1895 to 1923 and 1929 to 1939 FORMERLY KNOWN AS: The "Esquimaux" 1897 to 1910, the "Elks" in 1922. HELMET DESIGN: Yellow background, with a gold "EE" on a green oval UNIFORM COLOURS: Green, gold and white PAST UNIFORM COLOURS: Blue and white (1938 to 1939) and black and yellow (1907 to 1937) NICKNAMES: Esks, Eskies, The Double-E MASCOTS: Nanook and Punter FIGHT SONG: Eskimo Fight Song STADIUMS: Clarke Stadium (1949 –1978 ) and The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium (1978 –present) MAIN RIVALS: Calgary Stampeders
Calgary Stampeders
(see battle of Alberta
Alberta
) and Montreal Alouettes (11 meetings in the Grey Cup, once in the East final). WESTERN DIVISION 1ST PLACE: 23—1953 , 1954 , 1955 , 1956 , 1957 , 1973 , 1974 , 1975 , 1977 , 1978 , 1979 , 1980 , 1981 , 1982 , 1986 , 1988 , 1989 , 1991 , 1997 , 2001 , 2002 , 2003 , and 2015 WESTERN DIVISION CHAMPIONS: 23—1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2015 GREY CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS: 14—1954 , 1955 , 1956 , 1975 , 1978 , 1979 , 1980 , 1981 , 1982 , 1987 , 1993 , 2003 , 2005 and 2015 2016 REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 10 wins, 8 losses

OWNERSHIP

The Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos
Eskimos
Football Club is one of three "community owned" teams in the CFL (owned by local shareholders). This was once the most common type of ownership in the CFL. In 2006 the Ottawa Sun reported that shares cost $10 each, but were not open to the general public and required the approval of the 80 existing shareholders. This contrasts with the Saskatchewan Roughriders , one of the other community owned teams in the CFL, who have offered shares to the public. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers , the other community owned team, operates as a corporation without share capital.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos, Inc., is governed by a ten-member board of directors. The board consists of a chairman, treasurer, secretary, six directors and an alternate governor. As of 2011 the board of directors included chairman Allan Sawin, treasurer Bruce Bentley, secretary John Moquin, director Diane Brickner, Chris Bruce, Terry O'Flynn, Harold Roozen, William Scott, Brad Sparrow and alternate governor Rick LeLacheur. The club's president and CEO is Len Rhodes, he is not currently a member of the board.

HISTORY

ORIGINS OF THE NAME

See also: Native American mascot controversy
Native American mascot controversy

The story of team's name goes back to stories in the press from at least 1903 and possibly as far back as 1892, the first date of a "rugby football" game between Edmonton
Edmonton
and Calgary. It is a legacy of the bitter rivalry between the cities of Edmonton
Edmonton
and Calgary, the so-called Battle of Alberta
Alberta
. In the early years of sports competition between the cities, the press in each town used colourful nicknames to insult the rival team's home. Edmontonian writers called Calgary "the cow camp", "horse country", or "the little village beside the Bow". Likewise Calgary's responded with insults about Edmonton's northern latitude and frigid weather, calling the city's residents "Esquimeaux" (an archaic spelling of " Eskimos
Eskimos
", referring to the indigenous people of the Canadian Arctic, modernly called Inuit
Inuit
). Despite the fact Edmonton
Edmonton
is several thousand kilometres south of the Arctic, the name "had the advantages of alliteration, neatness, uniqueness, and a certain amount of truth," and thus, according to historian of Edmonton Tony Cashman, "it stuck." The name remained an unofficial nickname, however until the arrival in Edmonton
Edmonton
of American baseball coach and sports promoter William Deacon White in 1907. White founded the Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos
Eskimos
baseball team in 1909, the football Eskimos
Eskimos
in 1910, and Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos
Eskimos
hockey team in 1911. Of the three, only the football teams' name has survived.

TEAM HISTORY

Edmonton
Edmonton
played its first series of organized games with the formation of the Alberta
Alberta
Rugby Football Union in 1895. In 1897 the name Esquimaux was adopted. In 1910 the club was officially named the Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos. Since 1978 the Eskimos
Eskimos
have played their home games in The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. They are one of the most successful teams in Canadian football
Canadian football
history, having won the Grey Cup more than any other team except the Toronto Argonauts , and being the leader in attendance for many years.

The team holds many impressive records, including five consecutive Grey Cup
Grey Cup
wins (1978–82) and 34 consecutive years in the playoffs (1972–2005); the latter is a record no other North American professional sports team has equalled. Former Eskimos
Eskimos
have figured prominently in Alberta
Alberta
political life: past players include two former provincial premiers ( Peter Lougheed and Donald Getty ), a former mayor of Edmonton
Edmonton
(Bill Smith ), and a lieutenant-governor ( Norman Kwong ).

The Eskimos
Eskimos
made it to nine Grey Cups in a ten-year span from 1973 to 1982 (they missed the Grey Cup
Grey Cup
was in 1976). Since Edmonton
Edmonton
re-entered the CFL in 1949, only one other team—also Edmonton—has managed to win even three championships in a row (1954–56). The achievements during the Eskimos
Eskimos
dynasty were documented in the book, Decade of Excellence, with photographs by Bob Peterson .

As of August 2016, the Eskimos
Eskimos
also have had the largest average attendance in the league 27 times since moving to Commonwealth Stadium in 1978.

UNIFORM

The Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos' 2012–2015 uniform combinations

The current uniform colours, green and gold, were adopted when the Eskimos
Eskimos
received uniforms from the University of Alberta
Alberta
Golden Bears football team, which was dormant due to a lack of competition in 1949. The colours have remained since that time, and the Golden Bears maintain them to this day as well.

Overall, the jersey and colours have remained essentially the same over the years with only minor modifications. In 2001 the Eskimos introduced white pants to be worn with their away jerseys. In the 2005 CFL season all CFL teams switched to a Reebok
Reebok
designed template but the jerseys for the Eskimos
Eskimos
stayed much the same. In that same year the Eskimos
Eskimos
introduced an alternate jersey for the first time in the franchise's history. Green pants were also introduced at this time and were worn with their home and away jerseys from 2005 to 2015. The alternate gold jersey was last worn in 2007 , as they mainly use their green jerseys. Along with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
and Winnipeg Blue Bombers , they were one of the few teams to alternate the pants and jersey combinations of their uniforms within a season.

The Eskimos
Eskimos
had their jerseys remodelled for the 2012 season and brought back the green helmets that were worn for the Labour Day game and rematch in 2008. The green helmets were worn with the away jerseys and marked the first time in franchise history that a helmet other than gold was worn as a regular facet of the uniform. It was also the first time in franchise history that two different helmets were worn for home and away uniforms. The team also stopped alternating pant and jersey combinations during this season, using consistent home and away looks all year long. However, during the following season , on August 24, 2013, the Eskimos
Eskimos
returned to the all-green combination of green helmets, jerseys, and pants that had not been worn since 2008. The Eskimos
Eskimos
first wore their gold helmets with their away uniforms for a regular season game on October 19, 2014 and wore them again in the post-season on November 23, 2014 with matching gold pants. Gold helmets were worn with away uniforms in three of eight regular season games in 2015. In 2014 , the team introduced their Signature series alternate uniforms , which was the second alternate uniform to be worn in team history (not including throwback jerseys ).

With the league switching uniform contracts to Adidas
Adidas
in 2016 , the Eskimos
Eskimos
again redesigned their uniforms, with the jerseys more closely resembling the simplistic jersey stripe pattern worn from 1996 to 2011. The white jerseys removed the green side-panelling and the team retired the green helmet. The team also removed shoulder numbers, which was the first time the team did not have numbers on the shoulder since 1965. For this season, the team wore gold pants for every game played, including with their Signature series alternate uniforms, which were retained following the Adidas
Adidas
redesign.

WALL OF HONOUR

The Eskimos
Eskimos
have a policy of honouring the players who have best represented the team on the field. The player's name, number and seasons played with the Eskimos
Eskimos
are displayed on the edge of the concrete separating the upper and lower decks of The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium . The Eskimos
Eskimos
keep the number in circulation rather than retire them from use.

NUMBERS SO HONOURED AS OF 2014 :

* 1 Warren Moon (2001) * 2 Henry "Gizmo" Williams (2002) * 11 Sean Fleming (2011) * 12 Tom Wilkinson (1982) * 13 Larry Highbaugh (1996) * 22 Tom Scott (1993) * 24 Johnny Bright (1983) * 26 Dave Cutler (1986) * 27 Don Getty
Don Getty
(1992) * 30 Danny Bass (1992) * 36 Oscar Kruger (1992) * 39 Willie Pless (2004) * 42 Danny Kepley (1987) * 47 Larry Wruck (2011) * 51 Frank "Guts" Anderson † (1985) * 53 Frank Morris (1984) * 55 Ron Estay (2010) * 60 Chris Morris (2008) * 62 Bill Stevenson † (2014) * 63 Hector Pothier (2014) * 65 Dave Fennell (1984) * 66 Roger Nelson (1987) * 66 John LaGrone (1988) * 67 Rod Connop (2005) * 70 Brian Kelly (1989) * 76 George McGowan (1985) * 77 Tommy Joe Coffey (1988) * 91 Jackie Parker
Jackie Parker
(1983) * 94 Rollie Miles (1983) * 95 Norman Kwong (1984)

† Honoured posthumously

TEAM SONG

During the break between the 3rd and 4th quarter of each home game fans stand and sing the " Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos
Eskimos
Fight Song" to the tune " Washington and Lee Swing ": We're cheering fight, fight, fight on Eskimos
Eskimos
We're marching right, right, right on Eskimos
Eskimos
We're charging down the field for all to see and shouting rah, rah, rah, fight on to victory We're fighting on till every game is won The Green and Gold is bold and when we're done we'll tell the world we're proud of Edmonton and the Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos!

CURRENT ROSTER

EDMONTON ESKIMOS ROSTER

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QUARTERBACKS

* 2 James Franklin * 9 Danny O’Brien * 13 Mike Reilly

RUNNING BACKS

* 44 Alexandre Dupuis FB * 25 Pascal Lochard FB * 31 Calvin McCarty FB * 22 LaDarius Perkins * 56 Levi Steinhauer FB

RECEIVERS

* 3 Natey Adjei WR * 11 Nate Behar WR * 17 Shamawd Chambers WR * 89 Chris Getzlaf SB * 15 Vidal Hazelton WR * 80 Bryant Mitchell WR * 8 Kenny Stafford WR * 18 Cory Watson SB * 81 Duke Williams SB

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

* 64 D\'Anthony Batiste * 57 David Beard * 61 Joel Figueroa * 67 Colin Kelly * 66 Matt O\'Donnell * 68 Jean-Simon Roy * 55 Jacob Ruby

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

* 93 Kwaku Boateng DE * 92 Da\'Quan Bowers DT * 94 Euclid Cummings DT * 91 Marcus Howard DE * 90 Almondo Sewell DT * 41 Odell Willis DE

LINEBACKERS

* 26 Chris Edwards * 12 Alex Hoffman-Ellis * 40 Kevin Jackson * 45 Korey Jones * 37 Kenny Ladler * 10 Christophe Mulumba-Tshimanga * 16 Doug Parrish

DEFENSIVE BACKS

* 20 Johnny Adams CB * 35 Forrest Hightower DB * 28 Jordan Hoovers S * 19 Andrew Lue DB * 29 Mercy Mastan DB * 42 Cauchy Muamba S * 24 Brandyn Thompson DB * 7 Josh Woodman DB * 23 Marcell Young CB

SPECIAL TEAMS

* 70 Hugh O\'Neill K

1-GAME INJURED LIST

* 50 Danny Groulx OL * 34 Garry Peters CB * 60 Justin Sorensen OL * 83 Brandon Zylstra WR

6-GAME INJURED LIST

* 4 Adarius Bowman SB * 36 Arjen Colquhoun DB * 27 Cory Greenwood LB * 54 Phillip Hunt
Phillip Hunt
DE * 43 Neil King DB * 53 Ryan King LS * 38 Adam Konar LB * 32 Kendial Lawrence RB * 65 Simeon Rottier OL * 47 J. C. Sherritt LB * 48 Blair Smith LB * 5 Travon Van RB * 30 John White RB * 6 Sean Whyte K

PRACTICE ROSTER

* 62 Kwabena Asare OL * 33 Terrance Bullitt LB * 39 Marion Grice RB * 95 Kalonji Kashama DE * 14 Zach Kline QB * 85 Scott MacDonell WR * 96 Mike Moore DE * 99 Rykeem Yates DE

SUSPENDED LIST -------------------------

Italics indicate international player Roster updated 2017-03-08 Depth chart • Transactions 57 active

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CURRENT COACHING STAFF

Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos
Eskimos
Staff

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FRONT OFFICE

* President and CEO – Len Rhodes * Vice-President Football Operations vertical-align:top;">

DEFENSIVE COACHES

* Defensive Coordinator – Mike Benevides * Linebackers – Demetrious Maxie * Defensive Backs/Player Development – Barron Miles * Defensive Line – Casey Creehan

SPECIAL TEAMS COACHES

* Special
Special
Teams Coordinator – Cory McDiarmid * Special
Special
Teams Assistant - Dave Jackson

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HEAD COACHES

* Annis Stukus (1949–1952) * Frank Filchock (1952) * Darrell Royal (1953) * Pop Ivy (1954–1957) * Sam Lyle (1958) * Eagle Keys (1959–1963) * Neill Armstrong (1964–1969) * Ray Jauch (1970–1977) * Hugh Campbell (1977–1982) * Pete Kettela (1983) * Jackie Parker
Jackie Parker
(1983–1987) * Joe Faragalli (1987–1990) * Ron Lancaster (1991–1997) * Kay Stephenson (1998) * Don Matthews (1999–2000) * Tom Higgins (2001–2004) * Danny Maciocia (2005–2008) * Richie Hall
Richie Hall
(2009–2010) * Kavis Reed (2011–2013) * Chris Jones (2014–2015) * Jason Maas (2016–Present)

CFL AWARDS AND TROPHIES

GREY CUP

* 1954 , 1955 , 1956 , 1975 , 1978 , 1979 , 1980 , 1981 , 1982 , 1987 , 1993 , 2003 , 2005 , 2015

N. J. TAYLOR TROPHY

* 1952 , 1954 , 1955 , 1956 , 1960 , 1973 , 1974 , 1975 , 1977 , 1978 , 1979 , 1980 , 1981 , 1982 , 1986 , 1987 , 1990 , 1993 , 1996 , 2002 , 2003

GREY CUP MVP

* Dave Fennell (DT): 1978 , 1982 * Tom Wilkinson (QB): 1978 * Warren Moon (QB): 1980 , 1982 * Dale Potter (LB): 1980 * Damon Allen (QB): 1987 , 1993 * Stewart Hill (DE): 1987 * Jason Tucker (WR): 2003 * Ricky Ray (QB): 2005 * Mike Reilly (QB): 2015

DICK SUDERMAN TROPHY

* Garry Lefebvre (DB): 1973 * Dave Cutler (K): 1975 * Angelo Santucci (RB): 1978 * Dale Potter (LB): 1980 * Neil Lumsden (RB): 1981 * Dave Fennell (DT): 1982 * Milson Jones (RB): 1987 * Sean Fleming (P/K): 1993 * Mike Maurer (FB): 2005 * Shamawd Chambers (WR): 2015

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER AWARD

* Billy Vessels (RB): 1953 * Jackie Parker
Jackie Parker
(QB/RB): 1957 , 1958 , 1960 * Johnny Bright (RB): 1959 * George McGowan (WR): 1973 * Tom Wilkinson (QB): 1974 * Warren Moon (QB): 1983 * Tracy Ham (QB): 1989

MOST OUTSTANDING CANADIAN AWARD

* Norman Kwong (RB): 1955 , 1956 * Dave Fennell (DT): 1979 * Blake Marshall (FB): 1991 * Leroy Blugh (DE): 1996 * Kamau Peterson (WR): 2008 * Jerome Messam (RB): 2011

MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD

* Danny Kepley (LB): 1977 , 1980 , 1981 * Dave Fennell (DT): 1978 * James Parker (LB): 1982 * Danny Bass (LB): 1989 * Willie Pless (LB): 1992 , 1994 , 1995 , 1996 , 1997 * Elfrid Payton (DE): 2002 * J. C. Sherritt (LB): 2012

MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINEMAN AWARD

* Charlie Turner (OT): 1975 * Michael Wilson (OT): 1979 , 1980 * Rod Connop (C): 1989

MOST OUTSTANDING LINEMAN AWARD

* Roger Nelson (OT): 1959 * John LaGrone (DT): 1969

MOST OUTSTANDING ROOKIE AWARD

* Brian Kelly (WR): 1979 * Shalon Baker (WR): 1995 * Dexter McCoil (LB): 2014 * Derel Walker (WR): 2015

ANNIS STUKUS TROPHY

* Ray Jauch : 1970 * Hugh Campbell : 1979 * Ron Lancaster : 1996 * Tom Higgins : 2003

TOM PATE MEMORIAL AWARD

* David Boone (DE): 1982 * Hector Pothier (OT): 1988 * Rick Walters (SB): 2001

ROGERS FANS\\' CHOICE AWARD

* Ricky Ray (QB): 2003

A Defunct

MASCOTS

Nanook and Punter are the mascots for the Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos. They were introduced in 1997 and 2004, respectively.

SEE ALSO

* Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos
Eskimos
all time records and statistics * Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
* Canadian football
Canadian football
* Comparison of Canadian and American football * List of Canadian Football League
Canadian Football League
seasons * List of fan-owned sports teams

REFERENCES

* ^ Hall, Vicki (October 15, 2006). " Eskimos
Eskimos
left out in cold". Edmonton
Edmonton
Journal. Retrieved May 12, 2014. * ^ CFL.ca Staff (November 11, 2010). "By the Numbers: Playoffs???!!!". Canadian Football League. Retrieved May 12, 2014. * ^ Seskus, Tony (2007-09-01). "Community ownership a port in CFL\'s storms". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-12. * ^ Canoe inc. "Local ownership \'fraught with uncertainty\'". canoe.ca. Retrieved 9 December 2014. * ^ "Board of Directors - Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos". Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos. Archived from the original on 3 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014. * ^ "Eskimos". Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos. Retrieved 9 December 2014. * ^ "Profile: Len Rhodes - Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos". Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014. * ^ Jones, Terry (2016-08-24). " Eskimos
Eskimos
are still league leaders in attendance numbers, but half the seats at Commonwealth are empty". Edmonton
Edmonton
Sun. Retrieved 2017-03-29. * ^ Sheets, Roughriders outlast Eskimos
Eskimos
in track meet * ^ Second Effort: Big half lifts Reilly, Esks to win over Riders * ^ Giddyup: Stamps Grey Cup-bound after win over Esks * ^ Edmonton
Edmonton
Eskimos
Eskimos
follow tradition with new jersey design

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Official website * Watch Football Story, a 1953 National

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