1989 Riders to Be Honoured at Dogs’ Breakfast

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The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dogs’ Breakfast will honour the 1989 Saskatchewan Roughriders. That was the year the team won its second Grey Cup in one of the best games ever played in the Canadian Football league.

Guests at the breakfast, which provides funding of the University of Saskatchewan football team, will be Tom Burgess, Ray Elgaard, Bobby Jurasin, Dave Ridgway and Glen Suitor.

It will be interesting to see if Suitor holds Ridgway’s bacon and eggs while the kicker is speaking. Suitor was the holder for Ridgway’s game-winning field goal in the team’s 43-40 Grey Cup win.

Here is a thumbnail look at the careers of the speakers.

Ray Elgaard: For those too young to remember, he was similar in style to Rob Gronkowski. He would catch the ball over the middle and run over would-be tacklers. He spent his 14-year career with the Riders. He had eight 1,000+ yard receiving seasons and finished with a total of 830 catches for 13,198 yards and 78 touchdowns. He was named the Outstanding Canadian in the CFL three times, and was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bobby Jurasin: He is regarded as one of the top rush ends in CFL history. He had 142 sacks during his 12-year career. He won six West All-Star honours and four CFL All-Star honours. He was also the Rider nominee for Outstanding Defensive Player three times. He was a fan favourite and always easy to spot on the sidelines with his trademark bandana.

Dave Ridgway: He kicked for the Riders from 1982 to 1995 and became known as Robokicker. In his first season with the Riders, he kicked 38 field goals to win both West and CFL All-Star honours. He was traded to Edmonton and then Montreal during the 1987 season. When the Alouettes folded, he returned to the Riders, where he would win six more West All-Star honours and five more CFL All-Star selections. Among the CFL records he holds or shares are most field goals in one season with 59 in 1990 and most field goals in a game with eight, which he accomplished twice. He was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

Glen Suitor: He was the 10th pick in the 1984 college draft and joined the Riders for the 1984 season. He spent his entire 12-year career with the Green and White. He was a four-time West All-Star and a three-time CFL All-Star at safety. He recorded 51 career interceptions with at least one in every season, and a career high of eight in 1991. He was also a highly durable player, not missing a game during his career. He retired after the 1995 season and since then has made his mark as a television analysist for TSN.

Tom Burgess: The Riders acquired him from Ottawa before the 1987 season in exchange for Joe Paopao. He had two stints with the Riders — 1987-1989 and 1994-1995. He won back-to-back Grey Cups — 1989 with Saskatchewan and 1990 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The breakfast will be held May 2 at Prairieland Park. Doors open at 6:45 a.m. Tickets are available at huskiesfootballfoundation.com.