Canadian Football League 1981 Season

69th Grey Cup Championship

Full 1981 Schedule and Results

1981 CFL Regular Season Standings

Eastern Conference
GP W L T PTS PF PA
HAM 16 11 4 1 23 414 335
OTT 16 5 11 0 10 306 446
MTL 16 3 13 0 6 267 518
TOR 16 2 14 0 4 241 506
 
Western Conference
GP W L T PTS PF PA
EDM 16 14 1 1 29 576 277
WPG 16 11 5 0 22 517 299
BC 16 10 6 0 20 438 377
SSK 16 9 7 0 18 431 371
CGY 16 6 10 0 12 306 367

Full 1981 Standings

League Scoring

19811980 +/-
Average Combined Score 48.56 2.08 +
Average Winning Score 32.80 2.96 +
Average Losing Score 15.48 1.32 -
Average Home Score 27.32 1.51 +
Average Visitor Score 21.24 0.57 +
Average Margin of Victory 17.08 4.22 +

Offence Rankings – PF (PPG)

  • EDM — 576 (36.0)
  • WPG — 517 (32.3)
  • BC — 438 (27.4)
  • SSK — 431 (26.9)
  • HAM — 414 (25.9)
  • CGY — 306 (19.1)
  • OTT — 306 (19.1)
  • MTL — 267 (16.7)
  • TOR — 241 (15.1)

Defence Rankings – PA (PPG)

  • EDM — 277 (17.3)
  • WPG — 299 (18.7)
  • HAM — 335 (20.9)
  • CGY — 367 (22.9)
  • SSK — 371 (23.2)
  • BC — 377 (23.6)
  • OTT — 446 (27.9)
  • TOR — 506 (31.6)
  • MTL — 518 (32.4)

1981 CFL Regular Season Attendance

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1981 CFL Regular Season TV Ratings

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1981 Player Awards

1981 Most Outstanding
  • Player — Dieter Brock (WPG)
  • Defensive Player — Dan Kepley (EDM)
  • Canadian Player — Joe Poplawski (WPG)
  • Offensive Lineman — Larry Butler (WPG)
  • Rookie — Vince Goldsmith (SSK)
1981 Other Awards
  • Tom Pate Memorial Award — Ken McEachern (SSK)

1981 Canadian Football League All-Star Team

Offense

QB Dieter Brock WPG
RB Jim Germany EDM
RB Larry Key BC
TE Joey Walters SSK
SB Joe Poplawski WPG
WR Brian Kelly EDM
WR James Scott MTL
C Al Wilson BC
G Val Belcher OTT
G Larry Butler WPG
T Hector Pothier EDM
T Bill Stevenson EDM

Defense

DT Dave Fennell EDM
DT Mike Raines OTT
DE David Boone, Jr. EDM
DE Greg Marshall OTT
MLB Dan Kepley EDM
OLB James “Quick” Parker EDM
OLB Ben Zambiasi HAM
DHB Ed “Too Small” Jones EDM
DHB Harold Woods HAM
CB Ray Odums CGY
CB David Shaw HAM
S Randy Rhino OTT

Special Teams

P Hank Ilesic EDM
K Trevor Kennerd WPG

* – indicates unanimous selection

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1981 Stars of the Week

Offensive Star

  • 3 – Dieter Brock (WPG)
  • 2 – Larry Key (BC)
  • 1 – Keith Baker (HAM)
  • 1 – Joe Barnes (SSK)
  • 1 – Joe Paopao (BC)

Defensive Star

  • 2 – Ben Zambiasi (HAM)
  • 1 – Carm Carteri (HAM)
  • 1 – Jim Marshall (MTL)
  • 1 – Larry Crawford (BC)
  • 1 – James “Quick” Parker (EDM)

Lineman Star

  • 2 – Larry Butler (WPG)
  • 2 – David Boone, Jr. (EDM)
  • 2 – Mike Samples (SSK)
  • 1 – Rudy Phillips (OTT)
  • 1 – John Helton (WPG)

1981 CFL Amateur Draft

PickTeam[Via]Player (Position)College/Program
First Round
1 CGY [SSK] Frank Kosec (LB) Waterloo
2 TOR Tom Trifaux (OT) Calgary
3 OTT Maurice Doyle (RB) Toronto
4 MTL Chris Walby (DT) Dickinson State
5 BC Nelson Martin, Jr. (WR) Seneca
6 CGY Mike Wolfram (TE) Alberta
7 TOR [WPG] Tom Bray (DT) Bishop's
8 TOR [HAM] Ron Engleson (DT) Simon Fraser
9 EDM Rob Logan (DE) Waterloo

Complete 1981 CFL Amateur Draft Selections