2001 CFL season
DurationJuly 4 – November 6, 2001
East championsWinnipeg Blue Bombers
West championsCalgary Stampeders
89th Grey Cup
DateNovember 25, 2001
VenueOlympic Stadium, Montreal
ChampionsCalgary Stampeders
CFL seasons
← 2000
2002 →
Canadian Football League team locations: West, East

The 2001 CFL season is considered to be the 48th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 44th Canadian Football League season.

CFL news in 2001

The Canadian Football League were able to get new corporate partnerships who bought into the philosophy of "less is more". Television ratings grew again, especially in the ages 13–34 category, in 2001. TSN saw a ratings growth of 55%, while RDS grew by 116%.

The CFL suspended its Week 11 games in respect to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The CFL officially returned to Ottawa when they were guaranteed an expansion franchise on October 16. The ownership group led by Brad Watters unveiled the new franchise as the Ottawa Renegades, and began play the next season. The ownership group were also guaranteed the 92nd annual Grey Cup game in 2004.

About 65,255 fans bought tickets to watch the 89th Grey Cup game at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, making it the second largest attendance draw in CFL history.

The Canadian Football League offices in downtown Toronto moved to Wellington St. East, after having their offices at Eglinton St. for the last 10 years.

Records: Saskatchewan's Paul McCallum broke the record for longest field goal in CFL history by booting a 62-yard field goal against the Edmonton Eskimos on October 27, 2001 in a 12–3 victory at Taylor Field.[1]

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers tied a CFL record by winning 12 consecutive games. [2]

The 2001 CFL season, along with the 1999 CFL season, would be one of the closest times when an East Division team could have crossed over to the West Division for that division's last playoff spot since the introduction of the crossover in 1997. The Toronto Argonauts had to only win one more game to go 8–10–1, to beat the BC Lions final standings by an overtime loss advantage, or the Lions had to lose a game for the same result. This was settled in the last game of the season for both teams. The opposing team, which was the same team for both, was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, longtime rivals of Toronto. The Tiger-Cats were defeated by BC, but defeated Toronto, ensuring no crossover. Close wins and losses by both teams against the Saskatchewan Roughriders also played a role in the final standing outcome.

Regular season standings

Final regular season standings

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

West Division
Edmonton Eskimos 18 9 9 0 1 439 463 19
Calgary Stampeders 18 8 10 0 1 478 476 17
BC Lions 18 8 10 0 0 417 445 16
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 6 12 0 0 308 416 12
East Division
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 14 4 0 0 509 383 28
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 11 7 0 0 440 420 22
Montreal Alouettes 18 9 9 0 0 454 419 18
Toronto Argonauts 18 7 11 0 1 432 455 15

Grey Cup playoffs

Main article: 89th Grey Cup

The Calgary Stampeders are the 2001 Grey Cup Champions, defeating the heavily-favoured Winnipeg Blue Bombers 27–19 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. The Calgary Stampeders became the second team in history to have a regular-season losing record to win the Grey Cup. The Stampeders' Marcus Crandell (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player and Aldi Henry (DB) was the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

November 11: Division Semifinals November 18: Division Finals November 25: 89th Grey Cup @ Olympic StadiumMontreal, QC
E2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 13
E1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28
E3 Montreal Alouettes 12
E2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 24
E1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 19
W2 Calgary Stampeders 27
W2 Calgary Stampeders 34
W1 Edmonton Eskimos 16
W3 BC Lions 19
W2 Calgary Stampeders 28

CFL Leaders

2001 CFL All-Stars



Special teams

2001 Western All-Stars



Special teams

2001 Eastern All-Stars



Special teams

2001 Intergold CFLPA All-Stars



Special teams[edit]

Head coach[edit]


2001 CFL Awards


  1. ^ "CFLapedia".
  2. ^ "CFLPA.com | The Canadian Football League Players Association". cflpa.com. Retrieved 2017-03-06.