Wednesday, March 8, 2017 — A statement from Canadian Football League (CFL) Commissioner Jeffrey L. Orridge on the passing of Ezzrett (Sugarfoot) Anderson:
Ezzrett (Sugarfoot) Anderson was among the first African-American players in Canadian professional football. A great receiver with the Calgary Stampeders from 1949 to 1954, he was part of the CFL family for many years after that, working as a ticket rep and an ambassador for the Stamps into his 90’s. Some of our fans remember the tremendous on field quickness that earned him his nickname. Many more remember how quick he was to share a story, a smile or a helping hand. All of us at the CFL are sad at the news of his passing and extend our sympathies to his family and countless friends.
- Jeffrey L. Orridge, CFL Commissioner