Willie Pless

Bio

Full name: Willie Pless

Born Feb. 21, 1964 in Anniston, AL (56 years old)

Last Season (1999) Vitals:
  • Player classification: Import
  • Height: 5′ 10″
  • Position: LB
  • Jersey: #39
Amateur Programs
  • Kansas
14 Season Career with TOR, BC, EDM, SSK

Active years: 1986–1999

232 career games (See notes for restrictions)

  • 229 regular season games
  • 3 Grey Cup appearances (1 championship win)
Weekly
1986
  • Defensive Star Week 6 (TOR)
  • Defensive Star Week 11 (TOR)
1991
  • Defensive Star Week 7 (EDM)
  • Defensive Star Week 14 (EDM)
1992
  • Defensive Star Week 2 (EDM)
  • Defensive Star Week 4 (EDM)
  • Defensive Star Division Semi-Finals (EDM)
1993
  • Defensive Star Week 3 (EDM)
  • Defensive Star Week 4 (EDM)
  • Defensive Star Division Finals (EDM)
1994
  • Defensive Star Week 7 (EDM)
1995
  • Defensive Star Week 2 (EDM)
  • Defensive Star Week 8 (EDM)
1996
  • Defensive Star Week 6 (EDM)
  • Defensive Star Week 14 (EDM)
1997
  • Defensive Star Week 15 (EDM)
  • Defensive Star Week 17 (EDM)
1998
  • Defensive Star Week 4 (EDM)
  • 1986 Division Finalist (TOR) Most Outstanding Rookie
  • 1987 Team Nominee (TOR) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1988 Team Nominee (TOR) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1990 Team Nominee (BC) Most Outstanding Player
  • 1990 Team Nominee (BC) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1991 Team Nominee (EDM) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1992 Winner (EDM) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1993 Team Nominee (EDM) Most Outstanding Player
  • 1993 Team Nominee (EDM) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1994 Winner (EDM) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1994 Team Nominee (EDM) Most Outstanding Player
  • 1995 Team Nominee (EDM) Most Outstanding Player
  • 1995 Winner (EDM) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1996 Winner (EDM) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1996 Team Nominee (EDM) Most Outstanding Player
  • 1997 Winner (EDM) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • 1999 Team Nominee (SSK) Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Willie Pless was inducted into the Player wing in 2005 (CFHoF profile).

Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour

Willie Pless was inducted into the Player wing in 2004.

Season Team Jersey Regular
GP
Playoff
GP
Grey Cup
GP
14 seasons
(Rank: T67th,
99th percentile,
14 CFL seasons)
4 teams 229
(Rank: T46th,
99th percentile,
229 CFL games)
0 3
1986 TOR 32 12 -- 0
1987 TOR 32 16 -- 1
1988 TOR 32 18 -- 0
1989 TOR 32 5 -- 0
1990 BC 32 18 -- 0
1991 EDM 39 18 -- 0
1992 EDM 39 18 -- 0
1993 EDM 39 16 -- 1
1994 EDM 39 18 -- 0
1995 EDM 39 18 -- 0
1996 EDM 39 18 -- 1
1997 EDM 39 18 -- 0
1998 EDM 39 18 -- 0
1999 SSK 39 18 -- 0