According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun on Saturday, former Calgary Stampeders James West and Rodney Harding are being inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in Hamilton, Ontario. The 2016 class was announced during the Grey Cup festivities in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
West, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, played for the Stampeders as a linebacker from 1982 to 1984. He was a Western Division All-Star with the Stampeders in 1983. In 37 games with Calgary, West had 13.5 sacks, four interceptions and six fumble recoveries.
West went on to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1985 to 1992, and the British Columbia Lions in 1993. While with the Blue Bombers, West helped Winnipeg win the 1988 and 1990 Grey Cup championship, was a finalist for the 1987 Canadian Football League most outstanding defensive player award, and was a two-time all-star with the Blue Bombers in 1987 and 1989. West finished his CFL career with 51.5 sacks, 21 interceptions and 19 fumble recoveries.
Harding, a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, played for the Stampeders as a defensive tackle in 1996. While with the Stampeders, he was a West Division all-star. Harding led the Stampeders that season with 10 sacks. He also had 16 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Harding played ten seasons with the Toronto Argonauts and one season with the Memphis Mad Dogs before joining the Stampeders in 1996. Harding is the all-time Argonauts leader in sacks with 92. West and Harding are joined by former Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Derrell Mitchell, former Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive lineman Doug Brown (drafted by the Stampeders) and Saskatoon Hilltops executive Don McDonald.