2013 CFHOF Profile: Miles Gorrell

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The offensive lineman is a rare breed in football as they are the men who fight in the trenches one every down. It is a tough and an important job as lineman hit someone on every single down that they play in their careers. There are no downs off for offensive lineman as they may not suffer the major blow that a wide receiver or a running back suffers when they get hit but they suffer smaller blows more often. It is a rough and thankless job as the lineman can make or break an offence and yet do not get much of the appreciation. The wear and tear of being an offensive lineman can have its affect on players as they can quickly go down. The pressure on the joints of a lineman pushing back 300+ lbs players will where a lineman’s knees and shoulders. The head also takes the brunt of the force as a helmet to helmet hit is almost unpreventable in the trenches. The toll can be dangerous for lineman as they can have a short career if something goes wrong and they can also pay for a long one. The lineman who can get through the aches and the pains of season to play a long career can be considered the true ironmen of the sport. There is one place where they get this recognition though and that is in the Hall of Fame. Linemen receive the recognition they deserve when they get the call for the Hall of fame. It shines a light on their career and for Miles Gorrell who was one of these true ironmen of the game who will go into the hall as one of the most consistent lineman in CFL history.

Gorrell would being his career at the University of Ottawa where he would be a good enough lineman for the Calgary Stampeders to use a territorial exemption in 1978. He would be considered one of the best lineman to wear the uniform for the Gee Gees. Gorrell would have the school award for the best lineman bears his name to thank him for his service to the school. Entering into the CFL Gorrell would begin as a defensive lineman looking to make an impression in the league. He would do just that as his first season in the CFL he would earn an interception before he eventually settled in as an offensive lineman. It was a rough career at the start for Gorrell as he would constantly be moving teams with many teams overlooking the soon to be great lineman. After four years in Calgary, Gorrell would be traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders where he would play two games before he was traded to the Montreal Alouettes. After spending time in Montreal the Alouettes would look at Gorrell and see a lineman that they have received everything out of. They would think that his career was finished after three great seasons and would be released in 1985. This is when Gorrell would start to build his reputation as he would be signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and would begin his long time as a fan favorite in the city. Gorrell would help the Ti-Cats to the 1986 Grey Cup and would solidify his spot as one of the true ironmen of the CFL. Rarely missing a game Gorrell would wuickly be the person that the Ti-Cats could depend on in the line. He would always be there ready to play and ready to show up and protect his QB. This would also get him plenty of respect in a city that loves to cheer for his type of player. Hamilton is a lunchpale type of city that was the centre of Ontario Steel and when they found a player that exemplified their lifestyle they would immediately become fans. Gorrell was this player as there were few complaints only work as he would go out there and play despite the scraps and bruises that happen in a season. Gorrell would be rewarded for his efforts as he will go into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame thanks to a reputation that not many lineman get.

 

Miles Gorrell, OL (1978-1996)
– 1968 CFL All-Star
– 4-Time CFL East All-Star (1984, 1986, 1988, 1989)
– 2-Time Leo Dandurand Trophy as Most Outstanding Lineman (1986, 1989)
– 1986 Grey Cup Champion

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