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'Gizmo' Williams highlights CFL Hall of Fame class

9/29/2006

HAMILTON, Ontario -- Henry "Gizmo" Williams, the 5-foot-6
speedster who revolutionized CFL special-teams play during his
14-year career with the Edmonton Eskimos, was inducted into the
Canadian Football Hall of Fame on Friday.

Former players Matt Dunigan, Bobby Jurasin and Allen Pitts and
builder Victor Spencer also were inducted.

"This is just another chapter in my life," Williams said.
"It's not about how you start, it's how you finish and that's the
message I try to give people about life."

Williams, now 44, returned a record 26 punts for touchdowns,
including five in one season. He also returned three kickoffs and
five missed field goals for touchdowns, caught 21 TD passes and ran
for another score.

Williams remains the league's career leader in punt returns
(1,003), punt return yards (11,177), kickoff returns (335) and
kickoff return yards (7,354) and often punctuated his return TDs
with a flip. Williams' most memorable play was a 115-yard missed
field goal return for a TD in Edmonton's 38-36 Grey Cup win over
Toronto in 1987

"This is humbling,but I feel like many of my friends have been
cheated,too, guys that I've played with," Williams said. "I'm
going into the Hall of Fame but people don't know there were guys
who made blocks and were the ones who did it for me."

Dunigan played for six teams -- Edmonton, B.C., Toronto,
Winnipeg, Birmingham and Hamilton -- during his 14-year CFL career,
twice winning the Grey Cup ('87 with the Eskimos and '91 with the
Argos). A concussion during the '96 season forced Dunigan to retire
with 43,857 career passing yards and 306 TDs.

Pitts spent his 11-year career with Calgary. He remains the
CFL's career receiving yardage leader with 14,891 yards and
participated in five Grey Cups, winning twice.

Jurasin spent 13 seasons in the CFL (1986-'97 with Saskatchewan,
two games in '98 with Toronto). He appeared in two Grey Cups with
the Riders, winning in '89. He's third in career sacks with 142
behind Grover Covington (157) and Elfrid Payton (154).

Spencer, a Vancouver native who turns 82 in November,
spearheaded a group that landed the B.C. franchise in 1954. He
spent nine years on the Lions' executive and helped Vancouver land
the '55 Grey Cup.

When the Lions had financial troubles in 1976, Spencer received
the inaugural Lionbacker Certificate to begin a franchise-saving
bond drive.