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CFL’s Eskimos to honor Pless

October 12, 2004

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— The Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League added Willie Pless to their Wall of Honour on Monday night.

Pless, a former Kansas University standout linebacker (1982-85), spent the bulk of his 14-year CFL career with the Eskimos. Pless, who retired in 2000, is a lock to be added to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible next year.

Pless, 40, won the CFL outstanding defensive player award in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997. No player in CFL history has won the award five times. Pless went into the CFL record book with a near-unreachable mark of 1,241 career tackles.

Pless, who is now a personal trainer, has made Edmonton his home with wife Rhonda and daughters Shamelle, 10, Mariette, 7, and Siarra, 3. A native of Anniston, Ala., who became the all-time leading tackler in KU and Big Eight Conference history, Pless is working to become a Canadian citizen.

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