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Chris Matthews – WR– Winnipeg Blue Bombers


Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver Chris Matthews was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie at the 2012 Gibson’s Finest Player Awards.

Matthews was stellar in his rookie campaign, finishing the regular season with 81 receptions for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns, all of which were team-highs among receivers.  

His yardage total was good enough for sixth best in the league and his 14.7 yards per catch was the fourth best among receivers who caught over 60 passes.

Matthews became an immediate star this season, recording two 100-yard games within the first three weeks and six 100-yard games overall.  He hauled in at least seven catches in five different regular season games.

Matthews is the first Blue Bomber to represent the East Division for this award since defensive back Jonathan Hefney did so in 2009.  The last Bomber to take home the top prize was defensive end Gavin Walls in 2005.

 

Previous CFL Most Outstanding Rookies
2012 -- Chris Matthews, Winnipeg
2011 -- Chris Williams, Hamilton
2010 -- Solomon Elimimian, BC
2009 -- Martell Mallett, BC
2008 -- Weston Dressler, Saskatchewan
2007 -- Cam Wake, B.C.
2006 -- Aaron Hunt, B.C.
2005 -- Gavin Walls, Winnipeg
2004 -- Nikolas Lewis, Calgary
2003 -- Frank Cutolo, B.C.
2002 -- Jason Clermont, B.C.
2001 -- Barrin Simpson, B.C.
2000 -- Albert Johnson III, Winnipeg
1999 -- Paul Lacoste, B.C.
1998 -- Steve Muhammad, B.C.
1997 -- Derrell Mitchell, Toronto
1996 -- Kelvin Anderson, Calgary
1995 -- Shalon Baker, Edmonton
1994 -- Matt Goodwin, Baltimore
1993 -- Michael O’Shea, Hamilton
1992 -- Michael Richardson, Winnipeg
1991 -- Jon Volpe, B.C.
1990 -- Reggie Barnes, Ottawa
1989 -- Stephen Jordan, Hamilton
1988 -- Orville Lee, Ottawa
1987 -- Gill Fenerty, Toronto
1986 -- Harold Hallman, Calgary
1985 -- Michael Gray, B.C.
1984 -- Dwaine Wilson, Montreal
1983 -- Johnny Shepherd, Hamilton
1982 -- Chris Isaac, Ottawa
1981 -- Vince Goldsmith, Saskatchewan
1980 -- William Miller, Winnipeg
1979 -- Brian Kelly, Edmonton
1978 -- Joe Poplawski, Winnipeg
1977 -- Leon Bright, B.C.
1976 -- John Sciarra, B.C.
1975 -- Tom Clements, Ottawa
1974 -- Sam Cvijanovich, Toronto
1973 -- Johnny Rodgers, Montreal
1972 -- Chuck Ealey, Hamilton
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