On behalf of the Canadian Professional Football Officials Association [CPFOA], we are pleased to make this donation to the Canadian Red Cross for the citizens of Southern Alberta. The CPFOA is the association of on-field football officials in the CFL.
The widespread devastation and damage to the property AND lives of those affected by the flooding has touched each and every one of us.
We hope that this gesture will be used in an effort to bring back a sense of normalcy to the lives of the thousands that were affected by the flood.
On behalf of the entire CPFOA, we continue to keep those affected in our thoughts and prayers as the clean-up effort continues.
Jake Ireland has been selected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Class of 2013. Jake officiated his first CFL game in June of 1979 and worked 555 games through his brilliant career, which drew to a close after he refereed the 96th Grey Cup in Montreal in 2008. That was his 15th Grey Cup, and 12th as a referee. Four of those games, from 1985 to ’88, came in succession, a rarity in the modern era.
Being an official named to the Hall of Fame is another rarity.
“I was always of the belief that we’re supposed to be not noticed and it seems somebody noticed.”