CFHOF Profile: Eric Lapointe

Being an athlete is a rough profession at any level but in football making the jump from college to professional is especially difficult. Players who make that jump realize fast that the next level features the biggest, strongest, fastest, and smartest football players in the sport. For some this can be extremely overwhelming as they are put in a situation that they have never been in before. The players that make the professional leagues are all the same in that they have been the best player at every level. In high school they were the superstars of their town and were always considered the best in the city. In university they were the superstars that helped their teams to championships and held records. Then they go to the professional leagues and meet everyone else who was great. They are no longer the best player on the team as the very special talents stand out while the rest fill the rolls. For many players it is a tough transition as they cannot keep up with everyone else even though they are considered a top prospect. This seemed to be the case for a man widely considered the best CIS player ever, Eric Lapointe. After an amazing career in the CIS Lapointe would make the move to the CFL but he never really made much of an impact. It was a perfect example of someone not being able to adjust to a different game that was much more physical and faster than he was used to. Despite is lack of big game ability in the CFL Lapointe deserves recognition for what he did in his university career. Much like Peter Connellan, Lapointe is the benefactor of the Canadian Football hall of Fame. It is not necessary that a player or a builder makes an impact in the CFL because a great career is a great career whether in the CFL or the CIS it deserves to be honoured.

Yes Eric Lapointe was not a superstar in the CFL as a member of the Tiger-Cats, Argonauts, and the Montreal Alouettes. He never broke 1,000 yards in a season and only had 16 TDs in 8 seasons in the CFL. It was a fairly lack luster performance but the hall of fame came calling for something other than his professional career. As a member of the Mount Allison Mounties, Eric Lapointe became known as the best player in CIS history. This is why he will enter the Hall of Fame this year as he was the most dangerous player for four years in University. In his first year Lapointe made an impact immediately earning the CIAU Rookie of the Year. It didn’t stop their though as he also won the Hec Crighton in 1996 and 1998 as the league’s best player. The stats are remarkable for Lapointe who in only 28 games in the league ran for 4,666 yards and 31 TDs while earning three All-Canadian spots. To do all of this in only 28 games was amazing and despite not doing it in the CFL Lapointe still earned his spot in the hall. Yes his success didn’t translate to the pro game but the impact he had on the sport was clear. He was not simply the best player of his era. He was the best player ever and of course there is debate surrounding that but the fans did weigh-in. In 2005 Lapointe was  named the best CIS player of all-time proving that those who love the sport and love watching voted a running back from the smallest conference in the league as the best ever. Lapointe had an impact as he left the school in 1998 and years later was still remembered as the best player. This is why Lapointe deserves his spot in the Hall of Fame as he made an impact on the game in Canada and for that he is a Hall of Famer.

 

Eric Lapointe, RB (1995-1998)
Mount Allison Mounties (4 years)
4,666 yds
31 TD
AUS Single Season Rushing Record (1,619 yds)
CIAU Rookie of the Year (1995)
Hec Crighton Award (1996. 1998)
AUAA Most Outstanding Player (1996, 1998)
All-Canadian (1995, 1996, 1998)
AUAA Championship (1997)

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