Toronto Argonauts running back Chad Kackert has been named the outstanding player of the 100th Grey Cup.
Kackert’s 20 carries for 133 yards helped lift the Argos to a 35-22 win over the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday.
He also recorded eight catches for 62 yards.
“It’s unbelievable the MVP (award) came my way,” he said.
Kackert showed the Argos have a multifaceted offence that could compensate for a relatively quiet game from CFL outstanding player Chad Owens.
“Chad Owens was outstanding player and maybe they keyed on him and we have a lot of great receivers too,” he said. “You can’t key on anybody.”
Kackert was an impact player for Toronto throughout the post-season.
The Simi Valley, Calif., native scored twice as the Argos downed the Edmonton Eskimos in the East Division semifinal two weeks ago.
He then added a spectacular 49-yard TD run up the middle to give Toronto the lead in an upset 27-20 victory in Montreal in the East final last Sunday.
Kackert started the season as the backup to Cory Boyd, but took over as the top running back when Boyd was surprisingly released in August. Boyd was the league’s leading rusher at the time.
“(Kackert) did a great job. It’s tough making decisions like that but obviously everyone can see why we did,” Milanovich said. “He has done a great job all year and did another great job again.
“We’re not on that stage with the Grey Cup without him.”
Argonauts defensive end Ricky Foley was named the Grey Cup’s most outstanding Canadian.
Foley won the honour after the Argos beat the Calgary Stampeders 35-22 at Sunday’s championship game.
The 30-year-old from Courtice, Ont., had four tackles, one fumble recovery and one sack for five yards.
Foley joined Toronto in 2010 after four seasons with the B.C. Lions.