Tyson Philpot ahead of a Sept. 2022 game. Sep 2, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Tyson Philpot (81) walks on the field during warm-up at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

The 110th Grey Cup Sunday went right down to the wire. The Canadian Football League championship game Sunday saw the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Montreal Alouettes trade leads several times, but Montreal eventually iced it with a Cody Fajardo pass to Tyson Philpot with 13 seconds left, giving them a 28-24 win.

Philpot, a former U SPORTS star with the Calgary Dinos, was selected by Montreal in the first round (ninth overall) in the 2022 CFL Draft. That selection came after he finished third in Canada with 746 regular-season receiving yards in the 2021 U SPORTS season, putting those numbers up in just six games. The Delta, B.C.-born national receiver played in all 18 regular-season games for the Alouettes last year, finishing with 39 catches for 459 yards. This year, injuries limited him to just 13 regular-season games, but he made an even larger impact, making 47 catches for 532 yards and five touchdowns.

And Philpot continued that impact in the playoffs. He had a team-high four catches for 39 yards in Montreal’s Eastern Semi-Final win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats two weeks ago, then a team-high five receptions for 42 yards in the 11-7 Alouettes’ road upset of the 16-2 Toronto Argonauts in last Saturday’s Eastern Final. And in this Grey Cup game, Philpot tied teammate Austin Mack (who had some remarkable catches of his own) with six catches, recording six catches for 63 yards and that crucial touchdown and earning the nod as the game’s Most Outstanding Canadian. That gave Montreal their first Grey Cup victory since 2010.

Philpot is the son of Cory Philpot, a Florida native who played six seasons in the CFL with the B.C. Lions and Blue Bombers between 1993 and 2000 and is currently the head coach of the Langley Rams of the Canadian Junior Football League. He’s the brother of a current CFLer, Calgary Stampeders’ receiver Jalen Philpot, who played with him with the Dinos and was drafted fifth overall in 2002. And he’s making his own mark as well, as this crucial touchdown in the championship game showed.


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