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A native of Spiro, Oklahoma, Henry Burris played college football for the Temple Owls before going on to have a lengthy professional career as a quarterback. Undrafted in the NFL draft, Burris would sign as a free agent with the Calgary Stampeders, where he would spend 2 seasons, mostly in a backup role. However, he was a member of the Stampeders 1998 Grey Cup Championship team. Signing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders prior to the 2000 season, Burris got his chance to be a starter in the CFL. Starting 16 of the 18 games he played, Burris would throw for 4647 yards and 30 touchdowns. After the 2000 season, the Green Bay Packers gave Burris an opportunity in the NFL, when he signed him to a contract. Burris split the 2001 season between the Packers active roster as their third string quarterback, and on their practice squad. The following season, Burris joined the Chicago Bears, with whom he saw action in 6 games. After his stint in the NFL, Burris returned to the Roughriders before rejoining the Stampeders in 2005, with whom he’d stay with until 2011. During his 2nd tenure with the Stampeders, Burris won several accolades. These include CFL West Division All-Star honors in 2005, 2008 and 2010. In addition, Burris won the CFL Most Outstanding Player Award and was a CFL All-Star in 2010. Burris also won his second Grey Cup with the Stampeders, in which he was the Grey Cup MVP in 2008. After his second tenure in Calgary, Burris would spend 2 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger Cats, with whom he was a CFL East Division All-Star in 2012. In 2014, Burris signed with the expansion Ottawa Redblacks, with whom he is currently a member of.

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