John Helton

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John Helton
No. 77 (CGY), 99 (WPG)
Born: (1947-05-23) May 23, 1947 (age 75)
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight250 lb (110 kg)
CollegeArizona State
NFL draft1969 / Round: 7 / Pick: 157
Drafted byBuffalo Bills
Career history
As player
19691978Calgary Stampeders
19791982Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star19711976, 1978, 1979, 1982
CFL West All-Star19691976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982
Awards1979 - Tom Pate Memorial Award
1974 - CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award
1972 - CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman Award
Honors1971 - Grey Cup champion
Career stats

John Helton (born 23 May 1947) is a former defensive tackle for the Calgary Stampeders from 1969–1978 and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1979-1982 of the Canadian Football League.

High school and college[edit]

John Helton graduated from Captain Jack High School in Mount Union, Pennsylvania. Helton was selected in the seventh round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills after a stellar career at Arizona State University, but opted to go to Canada.[1]


John Helton was a CFL-All Star 10 times in 14 years of play at defensive tackle. Helton won a Grey Cup with the Stampeders in 1971.[1] He also lost the 58th Grey Cup in 1970 to the Montreal Alouettes on a very muddy field.


Helton was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1986. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1993. In November 2006, Helton was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#12) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network The Sports Network/TSN, no defensive lineman being ahead of him.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Calgary's comfort lured Pennsylvania boys from prospect of NFL". Canadian Football League. August 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Doug Flutie voted CFL's greatest player of modern era".

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