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Toronto Argonauts Shawn Oakman And Chris Edwards Named 2021 CFL All-Stars

The CFL announced on Wednesday their 2021 All-Star selections. The Toronto Argonauts have two players that have been recognized for this honour. DB/LB Chris Edwards and CFL Rookie standout DL Shawn Oakman.

The 27 All-Stars were selected by 50 voters comprising members of the Football Reporters of Canada and the league’s head coaches.

Chris Edwards was one of the best coverage players in the CFL. Playing at Sam linebacker near the line of scrimmage and hovering in the secondary along with other superb standouts like Shaq Richardson. The argument can be made that Edwards is the CFL’s best cover linebacker. And the voting and this nod reflect that.

Shawn Oakman, the Baylor standout, has been given a second life in the pros and has made the most of it. First starring in the XFL with the LA Wildcats in 2020 before emerging as one of Canada’s best American rookies in 2021.

The Argos and CFL released the following statements below. Along with the complete list of All-Stars.


TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts announced today that American DL Shawn Oakman and American LB/DB Chris Edwards have been named 2021 CFL All-Stars. The All-Stars were selected by 50 voters comprising members of the Football Reporters of Canada and the league’s head coaches.

In his first CFL season, Oakman was a dominant force from the interior of the defensive line racking up six sacks and 36 total tackles. The Texas native’s six sacks were second-most in the CFL from the inside of the defensive line, and his 36 tackles were also second-most amongst all defensive linemen. The 6’9, 287lb lineman lived up to his height knocking down four balls from the line of scrimmage this season, good for third-most in the league amongst defensive linemen. This is the first time an Argo defensive lineman has won a CFL All-Star award since 2013 (Khalif Mitchell).

In his first season with Toronto, Edwards was all over the field, posting 38 total tackles and three sacks while intercepting three passes for a league-high 162 yards and two touchdowns. The four-year CFL veteran’s three picks were a career-high and tied for third-most in the league this season. The 28-year-old played all 14 games this season and was tied for first on the Argos in interceptions, tied for second in sacks, and fourth in total tackles. This is the first time an Argo linebacker/defensive back has won a CFL All-Star award since 2013 (Pat Watkins).


QuarterbackZach CollarosWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Running BackWilliam StanbackMontreal Alouettes
ReceiversKenny LawlerWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Eugene LewisMontreal Alouettes
Bryan BurnhamBC Lions
Lucky WhiteheadBC Lions
Jake WienekeMontreal Alouettes
CentreSean McEwen*Calgary Stampeders
GuardsBrandon Revenberg*Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Patrick Neufeld*Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Offensive TacklesStanley BryantWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Jermarcus HardrickWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Defensive EndsJackson JeffcoatWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Willie JeffersonWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Defensive TacklesMike RoseCalgary Stampeders
Shawn OakmanToronto Argonauts
LinebackersAdam BighillWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Simoni LawrenceHamilton Tiger-Cats
Cover LinebackerChris EdwardsToronto Argonauts
CornerbacksDeAundre AlfordWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Jumal RolleHamilton Tiger-Cats
HalfbacksCariel BrooksHamilton Tiger-Cats
Deatrick NicholsWinnipeg Blue Bombers
SafetyBrandon AlexanderWinnipeg Blue Bombers
KickerRene Paredes*Calgary Stampeders
PunterRichie LeoneOttawa REDBLACKS
Special Teams PlayerDeVonte DedmonOttawa REDBLACKS

* Denotes a national player


11 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
4 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
3 – Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders
2 – BC Lions, Ottawa REDBLACKS, Toronto Argonauts


16 – West Division All-Stars
11 – East Division All-Stars
4 – National CFL All-Stars


6x – Adam BighillStanley Bryant
5x – Rene Paredes
4x – Bryan BurnhamWillie JeffersonRichie Leone
3x – Brandon RevenbergSimoni Lawrence
2x – Sean McEwenWilliam Stanback

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