By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – Mike O’Shea won’t be winging his speech Thursday when he’s inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach has started work on the speech but says he’ll invariably forget to thank a few of the many people he feels are responsible for his being named in the 2017 class.
Joining O’Shea in the player class in Hamilton will be running back Kelvin Anderson, quarterback Anthony Calvillo and receiver Geroy Simon.
Former Calgary Stampeders president Stan Schwartz and longtime Saskatchewan Huskies coach Brian Towriss will be inducted as builders.
O’Shea, 46, played 16 seasons with Hamilton (1993-95, 2000) and Toronto (1996-99, 2001-08). The native of North Bay, Ont., was the CFL’s top rookie in 1993 and won three Grey Cups with Toronto (1996-97, 2004) as a player and another as an assistant coach (2012).
O’Shea ranks second in CFL history in tackles (1,151) and finished his career with the second-most games played by an Argonaut with 205.