Some people that saw Willie Fleming play say he is the most exciting player to ever play in the CFL. Whether he is THE most exciting is something people can argue about, but no one would deny that Willie Fleming was a truly outstanding and exciting player. The running back out of Iowa never led the West in rushing, but he could score from any place on the field in an instant and turn a game around. When you look at his rushing and pass receiving statistics, you can't help but note the big 80-100 yard longest gains and the number of touchdowns he scored. Unlike many running backs of that era, Fleming generally scored as many touchdowns receiving as he did rushing. Check out the outstanding pass receiving average for his eight year career with BC where he averaged 20 yards or better a catch in four of those seasons. Fleming's average gain per rush was also outstanding, especially in his 1963 season when he had a career best 1234 yards and a 9.7 yard per carry average. Fleming was a three time Western All-Star in 1961, 62 and 63 (there were no All Canadians until 1965) and along with QB Joe Kapp led the Lions to their first Grey Cup win 1964. Willie Fleming was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1982.
Fleming was good on one of one convert attempts in 1960.