Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Riders Announce 2012 Plaza Inductees

Today the Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee announced four new members will be inducted into the Plaza of Honor. This year Ed Buchanan, Nate Davis, Andrew Greene and Tom Robinson will have their names forever etched into Saskatchewan Roughrider history.

Besides being Saskatchewan’s most prestigious sporting dinner, the Plaza of Honor Dinner has contributed approximately $6 million to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

The Plaza of Honor Dinner presented by SaskTel has inducted 113 individuals who have made major contributions to the proud tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club. The club has also inducted the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup championship teams.

The cairn honouring the Plaza of Honor Inductees is situated outside the main gates on the west side of Mosaic Stadium. The Plaza of Honor cairn is sponsored by SaskTel, SASK SPORT INC. and the City of Regina.

This year’s dinner is set for Friday, September 21st at the Credit Union Eventplex – Evraz Place. To accommodate a much larger audience, the event has been moved to the Eventplex and will allow patrons a spacious opportunity with a large reception area throughout the evening to meet and greet friends and associates. The ambiance will be significantly improved and there will be amble room to move around and a quick food service delivery time.

For information on tickets or corporate tables, contact the Saskatchewan Roughrider Ticket Office at 525-1281 or 1-888-474-3377 or any committee member.

San Diego Jr. College

Born in San Diego, CA.
Played five seasons with the Roughriders
Played his college ball at San Diego Jr. College
Played 45 regular season games for the Riders
Was a member of the 1966 Grey Cup Championship Roughrider team
His 2,531 rushing yards as a Rider place him 10th on the all-time Rider list
Also had 93 career receptions for 1,637 yards and eight touchdowns
His 1,325 kick-off return yards place him 16th on the all-time Rider list
Was named to the All-Canadian team in 1964

Defensive Lineman

Born in Hartford, CN. In 1974
Played his college ball at Indiana
Spent six seasons playing for Saskatchewan
Was originally drafted in the second round (32nd overall) in the 1997 NFL Draft
Spent parts of four seasons with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons
Started 91 regular season games for the Riders
Also started in six playoff games
Finished his career with 144 defensive tackles
His 32 quarterback sacks are 9th on the Riders all-time list
Also recorded five fumble recoveries
Was a West Division All-Star in 2003 and 2004
Was a CFL All-Star in 2004

Offensive Lineman
1997; 1999-2006

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1969
Played eight seasons with the Roughriders
Played his college ball at Indiana
Selected in the 2nd round (18th overall) by the Riders in the 1994 CFL Draft
Selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd round (53rd overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft
Spent four seasons in the NFL with Miami, Seattle and Jacksonville
Spent nine seasons with the Roughriders
Started 116 regular season games on the Riders offensive line
Also started in nine playoff games and the 1997 Grey Cup game
Was named a West Division All-Star five times
Was named a CFL All-Star four times
Was the West nominee for Most Outstanding Lineman in 2000
Was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 2003


Served as on the Roughrider Board of Directors for 11 years
Served as President/Chairman from 2001-2003
Also spent three years as Vice-President of the Riders
Was instrumental in conceiving, planning and implementing the modern Board of Directors structure currently used by the organization
Served on the first committee of the Board to search for and recommend the hiring of the first CEO
Instrumental in dealing with the provincial government in debt of the Club essentially forgiven
Helped get the finances of the Club turned around from -$3 million to +$10 million when he left the Club
Played a very active role at the CFL level where he served for a time as Chairman of the CFL Board of Governors
Served as a Vice-President for the 1995 Grey Cup held in Saskatchewan
Also oversaw a tremendously successful Grey Cup 2003 hosted in Saskatchewan


Anonymous said...

Tom Robinson might be the best prez this team has ever had.

Ed Buchanan is long overdue

Andrew Greene has a solid career here.

I would put Schultz in ahead of Nate Davis but I guess some eligibility rules mean that doesn't happen.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or is the talent level needed to get into the plaza a little watered down?


Chris in the 969 said...

A crying shame that Ed Buchanan gets in only now, and that Nate Davis gets in this soon. Shame on the Riders, they don't do everything right. Just can't understand this, but at least he gets in after he passes away. Very disappointing though.....

Anonymous said...

Ed Buchanan was as good as it gets.