1991 CFL season
DurationJuly 11 – November 3, 1991
East championsToronto Argonauts
West championsCalgary Stampeders
79th Grey Cup
DateNovember 24, 1991
VenueWinnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
ChampionsToronto Argonauts
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The 1991 CFL season is considered to be the 38th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 34th Canadian Football League season.

CFL News in 1991

Harry Ornest sold the Toronto Argonauts to Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy on Monday, February 25. On Wednesday, July 24, the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Rough Riders resigned, causing the CFL to assume the ownership duties of the franchise, two days later. Three months later, the Rough Riders were sold by the CFL to Bernie and Lonie Glieberman on Saturday, October 19. Furthermore, the Calgary Stampeders was purchased by Larry Ryckman from Stampeder Football Club Limited on Friday, October 24.

All eight clubs combined for a record 64.2 points per game and attendance figures broke the 2 million mark for the 10th time in CFL history (2,001,858). The Grey Cup game was hosted by the city of Winnipeg for the first time on Sunday, November 24. In that game, the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampeders 36–21 in front of 51,985 football fans. The Grey Cup game was also the most-watched Canadian television show with an audience of 3,531,000 viewers.

J. Donald Crump resigned as CFL Commissioner on Tuesday, December 31.

After the shutdown of the Canadian Football Network, this left the CFL with two television outlets: CBC Television, which had coverage for some regular season games and exclusive coverage of all CFL playoff games, including the Grey Cup game, and TSN on cable, airing some regular season games.

Regular season standings

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Team GP W L T Pts PF PA Div Stk
Edmonton Eskimos 18 12 6 0 24 671 569 7–3 W2 Details
Calgary Stampeders 18 11 7 0 22 596 552 6–4 W1 Details
BC Lions 18 11 7 0 22 661 587 5–5 L1 Details
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 6 12 0 12 606 710 3–7 L2 Details
Team GP W L T Pts PF PA Div Stk
Toronto Argonauts 18 13 5 0 26 647 526 8–2 W3 Details
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 9 9 0 18 516 499 6–4 L2 Details
Ottawa Rough Riders 18 7 11 0 14 522 577 5–5 L1 Details
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 3 15 0 6 400 599 1–9 W1 Details

Grey Cup playoffs

Main article: 79th Grey Cup

The Toronto Argonauts are the 1991 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Calgary Stampeders 36–21, at Winnipeg Stadium. This was the first championship for the Argonauts in eight years. The Argonauts’ Raghib "Rocket" Ismail (WR) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player and Stampeder's Dave Sapunjis (SB) was the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

November 10: Division Semifinals November 17: Division Finals November 24: 79th Grey Cup @ Winnipeg StadiumWinnipeg, MB
E2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 3
E1 Toronto Argonauts 42
E3 Ottawa Rough Riders 8
E2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 26
E1 Toronto Argonauts 36
W2 Calgary Stampeders 21
W2 Calgary Stampeders 38
W1 Edmonton Eskimos 36
W3 BC Lions 41
W2 Calgary Stampeders 43

CFL Leaders

1991 CFL All-Stars

Special teams

1991 Eastern All-Stars

Special teams

1991 Western All-Stars

Special teams

1991 CFL Awards


  1. ^ "CFLapedia".