Let’s turn back the hands of time and celebrate the hands of Fred Biletnikoff.
Precisely 40 years ago — on Aug. 6, 1980 — the most valuable player of Super Bowl XI visited Taylor Field as a member of the Montreal Alouettes.
Biletnikoff, then 37, made four catches for a team-high 51 receiving yards as Montreal posted an 18-10 CFL victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
That evening, Biletnikoff donned uniform number 25, which he wore so well for the Oakland Raiders from 1965 to 1978. His remarkable career was celebrated in 1988 by induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Biletnikoff is one of only five enshrinees in that shrine’s players’ category to have demonstrated his talents at Taylor Field — the others being John Henry Johnson (Calgary Stampeders, 1953), Mac Speedie (Saskatchewan, 1953-54), Arnie Weinmeister (B.C. Lions, 1954-55) and Warren Moon (Edmonton, 1978-83).
Moreover, Biletnikoff and Jake Scott are the only two Super Bowl MVPs to have appeared in Regina. Scott, a receiver with B.C. in 1969, later joined the Miami Dolphins and, while playing safety, made two interceptions to help them punctuate an undefeated season in Super Bowl VII.