Ex-Bear Henry Burris reaches 50,000-yard passing mark in CFL


NFL fans may remember quarterback Henry Burris from his stints with the Bears and Packers more than a decade ago.

CFL observers, however, know him as one of the league’s key offensive players of the last 10 seasons.

On Friday night, the 38-year-old Burris exceeded 50,000 yards passing for his CFL career when he threw a second-quarter touchdown pass against Calgary, the club for which he starred from 2005-2011. Now a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Burris leads the CFL with 3,589 yards passing in 2013.

Burris is only one of five quarterbacks to reach the 50,000-yard mark, with Damon Allen, Anthony Calvillo, Ron Lancaster and Danny McManus the others.

Burris has played in six NFL games, all with Chicago in 2002. He made his lone start in the regular-season finale against the Buccaneers, who would shut out the Bears 15-0. The Bucs would go on to win the Super Bowl.

Hamilton (5-6) fell 26-22 to Calgary on Friday.

25 responses to “Ex-Bear Henry Burris reaches 50,000-yard passing mark in CFL

  1. The Jets should sign him tomorrow! Or the Jaguars. Or the Raiders. Or the Browns. Or (insert team name here)

  2. I remember that Burris start against Tampa; it was a night game on ESPN and the Bucs dominated and won on five Gramatica field goals. Burris was terrible in that game. As a fan of the Bucs, that Super Bowl season was the best…

    If only Josh Freeman can stop impersonating the Bears version of Henry Burris and maybe alter the impression to that of the CFL Burris the team and the QB could live up to its potential.

  3. This is a great story. It’s about perseverance and believing enough in yourself to continue to pursue your dream of playing professional football. Good for Burris!

  4. Hamilton is also one of the worst places on the planet and a consistent bottom feeder in the league which being as there are only 8 teams in league is rather difficult to achieve.

    Interestingly the kittens are playing in Guelph this year due to renovations at Ivor Wynne Stadium aka “I Never Win Stadium.” Guelph agreed to take the Cats when promised the city would experience an economic boost which is a promise largely gone unfulfilled. Grifting is actually one of Hamilton’s more successful industries unless you count drug dealing and prostitution as industries.

  5. And as a Bears fan you wonder why we were so happy with Cutler. Look at the qbs they’ve had since the ast decent qb Erik Kramer:

    Cade Mcnown, Jim Miller, shane Matthews, kordell Stewart, Henry Burris, Steve stenstrom, chad Hutchinson, Chris chandler, Craig krenzel, Rex grossman, Kyle orton and Jonathan Quinn.

    My god have the Bears had the worst qbs in football the ast 30 years?

  6. As a Chicago fan, I’m genuinely happy for Henry Burris. However, his productivity in the CFL further shows how significant the talent gap between the NFL and CFL is.

  7. Burris gets to throw TDs to an end zone thats 25 yds deep. The playing field is half again wider then and NFL field. Don’t believe that doesn’t make a big difference, try it. Burris’s WRs get a running start from about 7 yds behind the line of scrimmage. Floriooo you have never tried “it”.
    And I do like the Canadian game, but dont compare it to the NFL.

  8. Wow he is 38?

    I remember watching him against the Bucs in their SB winning year. Burris had like 10 yards passing and a bunch of picks in a shutout loss to the Bucs.

    But to see him succeed is another reason you should not give up on your dream. CFL or not 50,000 yards passing is ALOT.

  9. Hey…a dude that plays football in the CFL because he couldn’t make it in the NFL. Imagine that. He must love the game or something….more than just loving money or fame….or pipedreams. I’m talking to you Tebow!

  10. Those are Warren Moon type numbers. That must mean that Burris will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton (it isn’t limited to just the NFL).

    Anyone who doesn’t vote for Burris will be labeled a racist by every American media company.

    The Burris numbers count as much as Warren Moon’s.

  11. eatitfanboy says:
    Sep 14, 2013 1:14 PM
    Most successful QB in Temple Owls history. So he has that going for him, which is nice.

    Let’s not forget that when he dies…on his deathbed….he will receive total consciousness.

  12. What’s the point? Any schmoe can make it in the CFL? Actually, to be fair, Jawalrus Russell would probably have no chance (being that he can’t get below 350 lbs). Therefore, not just any schmoe can make it. Point taken

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