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He won a Vanier Cup at the University of Saskatchewan and three Grey Cups with the Montreal Alouettes. On Friday night, Scott Flory will join the greatest football team ever assembled in Canada.

Flory will be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame with punter Hank Ilesic, late centre and linebacker Tom Hugo, defensive lineman Brent Johnson and defensive back Barron Miles. Former quarterback Frank Cosentino goes in as a builder, while Paul Brule will be honoured for his outstanding amateur career.

“It’s elite company, that’s for sure, and that’s the part that hits you,” Flory said. “When you grow up an absolute fan of the game, you recognize, ‘Hey wait, I’m going into the Hall of Fame with former Alouettes players like Peter Dalla Riva [1993].’

“I also get to go in with a bunch of teammates like Anthony Calvillo [2017], Mike Pringle [2008], Pierre Vercheval [2007], Uzooma Okeke [2014]. It’s pretty special.”

Flory, 41, of Regina, was a nine-time all-star over 15 seasons with Montreal (1999-2013). The 6-foot-4, 300-pound guard was the CFL’s top lineman in 2008-09 and helped the Alouettes win three Grey Cups (2002, 2009, 2010). The former president of the CFL Players’ Association is now the head coach at his alma mater.

Montreal selected Flory in the third round, No. 15 over all, in the 1998 draft. He attended training camp but returned to school and helped the Huskies win the Vanier Cup.

Flory and Miles were Montreal teammates from 1999 to 2004 before Miles finished his career with the BC Lions (2005-2009). Miles, 46, is in his third season as the Edmonton Eskimos’ defensive backs coach.

Flory and Miles are also among a group of former Alouettes players now coaching. Others include Calvillo (Toronto Argonauts quarterback coach), Ben Cahoon (assistant coach at Brigham Young, his alma mater), Ed Philion (Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive line coach) and Bryan Chiu (Ottawa Redblacks offensive line coach).

Miles had 66 career interceptions, the second-most in CFL history. The six-time all-star also holds the league mark for most blocked kicks (13) and played on two Grey Cup-winning teams.

“To think I’m considered one of the top players in the CFL, period, is a blessing in itself,” Miles said. “How many people get that opportunity?

“I had the pleasure of playing with Scott in Montreal and Brent in B.C. It was a great honour to watch them work and put in the time and effort they did.”

Johnson, 41, of Kingston, Ont., spent 11 seasons with B.C. (2001-11). The former Ohio State star was twice the CFL’s top Canadian (2005-06) and its outstanding defensive player in 2006. A two-time Grey Cup champion, Johnson led the league in sacks twice (17 in 2005, 16 in 2006) and is B.C.’s all-time leader in the category (89). His No. 97 jersey was retired in 2012.

Ilesic, a 59-year-old Edmonton native, joined the Eskimos in 1977 as a 17-year-old high-school student. The eight-time CFL all-star played on seven Grey Cup-winning teams (Edmonton 1978-1982, 1983 and 1991 with Toronto) while appearing in 261 career regular-season games and nine Grey Cup contests.

Ilesic led the CFL in punting average six times and holds the Grey Cup records for most punts (64) and punting yards (2,735). He also spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and BC Lions, in addition to the NFL’s San Diego Chargers and L.A. Rams.

Hugo, a Honolulu native, played seven seasons with Montreal (1953-59). He earned an incredible 12 all-star nods while registering 25 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. Hugo died in 2004 at the age of 74.

Hamilton native Cosentino, 80, was a 1960 first-round pick of the Ticats after playing quarterback at the University of Western Ontario. He spent 10 seasons with Hamilton (1960-66), Edmonton (1967-68) and Toronto (1969), participating in five Grey Cups, winning two. He later coached his alma mater for five seasons, winning two Vanier Cups before leading York University to playoff appearances in 1984-85.

Cosentino has written 17 books on sports in Canada, including three on Canadian football.

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