(Calgary) Today the Calgary Stampeder Football Club announced the official retirement of Stampeder Defensive Back Aldi Henry. Aldi leaves the games having played in 103 regular season games
Aldi has been a great asset to both the Calgary Stampeder Football Club. He brings much more to the team than his athletic ability. He has been involved in the Calgary community for years and will be a great addition to his next organization that his future holds. The organization would like to wish him the best in his next venture, stated General Manager and Head Coach Matt Dunigan
Here is a closer look at Aldi Henry:
College: Michigan State
HT: 5'9" WT: 180 lbs
Birthdate: July 7, 1972
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec
Residence: Calgary, Alberta
CFL Experience: 7 Seasons
Games Played: Regular Season 103; West Semi‑Finals 3; West Finals 4;
Grey Cup 3
Stampeder Experience: 7 Seasons
Games Played: Regular Season 103; West Semi‑Finals 3; West Finals 4;
Grey Cup ‑ 3
Has played in 103 career CFL games 7 playoff games and 3 Grey Cup games on the winning side twice in the big game was named the Canadian Player of the Game in the 89th Grey Cup played in his hometown of Montreal as the Stampeders defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 27-19 his fourth quarter block of Bob Camerons punt was the play of the game entering his 7th season with the Stampeders was acquired from the Toronto Argonauts on July 21st from their practice roster to replace the injured Greg Knox was drafted in the 3rd round, 18th overall in the 1997 Canadian College Draft by the Argos is one of the best special team players in the league.
Was injured in the 1st pre-season game against the Lions on June 3rd with an ACL injury missed the remainder of the season.
Played in all 18 regular season games once again one of the best special team players in the league he loves to run down the field recklessly finished second on the team with 20 special team tackles.
Played in all 18 regular season games both playoff games and the 89th Grey Cup in his hometown of Montreal was named the Canadian Player of the Game in the Stampeders 27-19 win over the Bombers in the Grey Cup recorded the play of the game as mid-way through the fourth quarter he blocked a Bob Cameron punt that was recovered by teammate Willie Fells who scampered 11 yards into the end-zone to secure the Stamp win once again he was a force all season on special teams finished tied in the league in special team tackles with 35 which was a career high in special team tackles recorded his first ever career regular season interception against Saskatchewan in game 6
Played in all 18 regular season games plus the West Final against the B.C. Lions led the CFL in special team tackles recording a career high 26 special team tackles this season recorded his first ever CFL pass reception catching a pass in Winnipeg against the Bombers on July 14 from punter Tony Martino on a third down fake punt recording a 20 yard reception the bad news was it third and 23 . in his hometown of Montreal he blocked his first ever CFL punt diving in front of the Terry Baker punt the ball was recovered in the end zone by Stampeder Marc Boerigter for the major .
Played in 17 regular season games 2 playoffs and his second Grey Cup appearance against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats missed one game during the regular season with a banged up ankle finished 4th in the CFL in special team tackles registering 24 played primarily as an extra defensive back did play safety in the second half of the Montreal game in August after starter Greg Frers suffered a burner Aldi finished the season recording 11 defensive tackles and 4 knockdowns was named the qr77 Canadian Player of the Game 3 weeks in a row and once was named the qr77 Special Team Player of the Game continues to play big in big games recording his first interception of the season in the Western Semi-Final against the Eskimos.
Played in all 18 regular season games, plus the West Final against the Eskimos and the 86th Grey Cup in Winnipeg against the Tiger-Cats made two big plays in the Grey Cup game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats early in the fourth quarter picked off a Danny McManus pass to record his first ever professional interception returning it 26 yards to set up a Mark McLoughlin field goal that put the Stampeders ahead 20-18 at 4:28 of the fourth quarter early in the second quarter smoked Ti-Cat return man Bobby Olive on a punt return forcing a fumble however it was recovered by Ti-Cat teammate Gerald Vaughn finished the game with 3 defensive tackles finished the season with 5 defensive tackles and 19 special team tackles tied for the team led in special team tackles three times he was named the QR77 Special Teams Player of the Game Labour Day September 7th against the Eskimos and October 11th in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats also receiving the game ball from his teammates for his effort against the Eastern Champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the last regular season game of the year against the Lions in Vancouver October 4th against the Lions in Calgary he was named the QR77 Canadian Player of the Game.
Played in both pre-season games for the Toronto Argonauts was placed on their practice roster was an instant impact for the Stampeders in his Stampeder and CFL debut turned in a stellar performance led the team with special team tackles in his debut against the Saskatchewan Roughriders earning him the QR77's Special Teams Player of the Game finished 3rd on the team in special team tackles recording 17 in only 14 regular season games.
Played at the prestigious Michigan State University from 1993-96 a versatile defensive back where he played safety as well as corner.
A native of Montreal, came up through Quebecs highly successful CEGEP program starring at St. Jean de Vieux the summer before attending Michigan he self taught himself how to speak English by watching episodes of Seasame Street was an international relations expert in school and looks forward to opening an import/export business lives in Calgary year round and in 2001 was the honorary spokesperson for CUPS.
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