Canadian Football League 1979 Season

67th Grey Cup Championship

Full 1979 Schedule and Results

1979 CFL Regular Season Standings

Eastern Conference
GP W L T PTS PF PA
MTL 16 11 4 1 23 351 284
OTT 16 8 6 2 18 349 315
HAM 16 6 10 0 12 280 338
TOR 16 5 11 0 10 234 352
 
Western Conference
GP W L T PTS PF PA
EDM 16 12 2 2 26 495 219
CGY 16 12 4 0 24 382 278
BC 16 9 6 1 19 328 333
WPG 16 4 12 0 8 283 340
SSK 16 2 14 0 4 194 437

Full 1979 Standings

League Scoring

19791978 +/-
Average Combined Score 40.22 2.53 -
Average Winning Score 27.06 0.85 -
Average Losing Score 12.97 1.36 -
Average Home Score 23.17 0.78 +
Average Visitor Score 17.06 3.31 -
Average Margin of Victory 13.50 0.86 +

Offence Rankings – PF (PPG)

  • EDM — 495 (30.9)
  • CGY — 382 (23.9)
  • MTL — 351 (21.9)
  • OTT — 349 (21.8)
  • BC — 328 (20.5)
  • WPG — 283 (17.7)
  • HAM — 280 (17.5)
  • TOR — 234 (14.6)
  • SSK — 194 (12.1)

Defence Rankings – PA (PPG)

  • EDM — 219 (13.7)
  • CGY — 278 (17.4)
  • MTL — 284 (17.8)
  • OTT — 315 (19.7)
  • BC — 333 (20.8)
  • HAM — 338 (21.1)
  • WPG — 340 (21.3)
  • TOR — 352 (22.0)
  • SSK — 437 (27.3)

1979 CFL Regular Season Attendance

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1979 Regular Season TV Ratings

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1979 Player Awards

1979 Most Outstanding
  • Player — David Green (MTL)
  • Defensive Player — Ben Zambiasi (HAM)
  • Canadian Player — Dave Fennell (EDM)
  • Offensive Lineman — Mike Wilson (EDM)
  • Rookie — Brian Kelly (EDM)
1979 Other Awards
  • Tom Pate Memorial Award — Peter Muller (TOR)

1979 Canadian Football League All-Star Team

Offense

QB Tom Wilkinson EDM
RB David Green MTL
RB Larry Key BC
TE Tony Gabriel OTT
SB Willie Armstead CGY
WR Brian Kelly EDM
WR Waddell Smith EDM
C Al Wilson BC
G Larry Butler HAM
G Ray Watrin MTL
T Lloyd Fairbanks CGY
T Mike Wilson EDM

Defense

DT Dave Fennell EDM
DT John Helton WPG
DE Junior Ah You MTL
DE Reggie Lewis CGY
MLB Dan Kepley EDM
OLB Ron Foxx OTT
OLB Ben Zambiasi HAM
DHB Gregg Butler EDM
DHB Ed “Too Small” Jones EDM
CB Dickie Harris MTL
CB Mike Nelms OTT
S Al Burleson CGY

Special Teams

P Hank Ilesic EDM
K Lui Passaglia BC

* – indicates unanimous selection

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1979 CFL Amateur Draft

PickTeam[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
First Round
1 TOR Kevin Powell (OT) Utah State
2 SSK Al Chorney (DB) British Columbia (UBC)
3 BC Mark Houghton (RB) California-Berkeley
4 SSK [HAM] Gerry Hornett (OT) Simon Fraser
5 WPG Rick House (RB) Simon Fraser
6 OTT Carmen Cartteri (LB) Montana
7 CGY Darrell Moir (WR) Calgary
8 CGY [MTL] Darrell Burko (LB) Saskatchewan
9 EDM Dan Brown (LB) Calgary

Complete 1979 CFL Amateur Draft Selections