While not large in stature at 5'10, Terry Evanshen was one of the outstanding receivers in the history of the CFL. Evanshen broke into the CFL in 1965 with Montreal and as a rookie led the East in receptions with 37. While not a high total by today's standards, Evanshen's totals would climb over the next several years as the emphasis on the passing game increased in the CFL. Traded to Calgary for 1966, Evanshen led the West in receptions with 67 for 1200 yards, Evanshen had his best year ever in 1967 as he snagged 96 passes for 1662 yards and 17 touchdowns, statistics that would stand up even in todays pass crazy CFL as outstanding. Evanshen played two more seasons in Calgary, to finish off the 1960s and while he didn't match his 1967 monster year again, he had 63 catches in 1968 and 65 in 1969. Traded back East to Montreal in 1970, Evanshen's stats declined, but he rebounded for one more big season with Hamilton in 1975 with 55 catches for 970 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Evanshen won seven division All-Star honours (1965, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71 and 75) and was named to the All-Canadian team in 1967. Evanshen twice won the Most Outstanding Canadian award (1967 and 1971) and was elected to the CFL Hall of Fame in 1984.
While the accomplishments of many football players can be summarized in their statistics and awards, the Terry Evanshen story only starts there. In 1988, Evanshen was severely injured in a car accident and given last rights as he lay in a coma in the hospital for a month. Evanshen overcame the odds with his fighting spirit and survived, though the accident left him with amnesia that wiped out the memory of his life to that point. Evanshen has become a much sought after dinner speaker and his story has inspired many. For more information on Terry's amazing life, including a preview of the movie based on his life story, check out terryevanshen.com.