Saturday, November 28, 2020

Bo Levi Mitchell named decade’s top CFL QB

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell celebrates after a touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during CFL football in Calgary on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Al Charest/Postmedia

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That’s good news for Stampeders fans, who got to watch their team go to four Grey Cups in five years after Mitchell took over as their starting QB in ’14. You can argue that they should have won all four, but winning in ’14 and ’18 still tied Mitchell with Ray for the most Grey Cup victories as a starting QB in the CFL last decade and made him the first Stamps starter to ever win more than one.

Mitchell also put up an absolutely absurd 77-18 record as a starter — that’s a .804 winning percentage — and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player on two occasions.

Until 2019, Mitchell was also remarkably healthy. Well, not quite. He did suffer a shoulder injury in 2018 that caused him trouble, but it didn’t keep him off the field and the Stamps still managed to win the Grey Cup despite having a hurt QB and a receiving corps that was completely and utterly decimated by injury.

It was the fourth straight season in which Mitchell played all 18 regular-season games, and since ’14 his stats are ridiculous. In 136 games, the Katy, TX native threw for 27,937 yards and 169 touchdowns while only throwing 70 interceptions.

His Most Outstanding Player seasons in ’16 and ’18 stand out statistically, but when he was asked what year he was most proud of, he went back earlier.

“I think the first year, 2015, just taking advantage of the opportunity,” Mitchell said. “When you’re talking to a young guy who’s going to get an opportunity, that’s your moment, that’s your chance to make it. If that’s not a good year, we’re probably not having this Zoom call.

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