The annual Touchdown Dinner, presented by Trinity Development Group, was held Saturday night at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in downtown Ottawa. The evening brought together over two hundred alumni and friends of the Gee-Gees football program to reminisce and show their support. The evening featured the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony of three national award winners.
WATCH: Cyril Adjeitey introduces Brad Sinopoli
BRAD SINOPOLI | PLAYER 2007-2010
Brad Sinopoli becomes one of the youngest members to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, being recognized just six years after his final game in garnet and grey. That 2010 season was a landmark for the Peterborough, Ont., native as he set records for passing, touchdowns, and completions en route to the Hec Crighton Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in CIS football.
In 2010 Brad recorded 2,756 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 184 completions along with 534 yards on 42 carries in leading his team to a 7-1 record and top spot in the OUA. After that season, Sinopoli was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders as a quarterback.
Before taking the starting quarterback job in 2009, Sinopoli showed signs of his skills at receiver during the 2008 campaign where he picked up 74 yards on seven receptions and scored a touchdown in the OUA playoffs. Those skills went on to earn Sinopoli the 2015 CFL Award as Most Outstanding Canadian after his standout season with the Ottawa RedBlacks.
WATCH: Chris Banton is inducted into the Hall of Fame
CHRIS BANTON | PLAYER 1989-1993
Chris Banton was an electric punt returner and suffocating cornerback for the Gee-Gees. Named the CIAU Rookie of the Year in 1989, Banton went on to be a two-time All-Canadian. Chris amassed 1309 career punt return yards, leading the nation in his final season with 573 yards. He also led the nation in 1991, earning his first All-Canadian Award, and in 1992 he averaged 39.3 yards per kickoff return. He still holds the Gee-Gees record for career interceptions with 15, and is second in program history in career punt return yards.
The local legend from Ottawa was named to the OQIFC all-star team three times and helped bring the Gee-Gees to the Dunsmore Cup conference final in 1989. Banton signed with the Toronto Argonauts following his senior season and went on to play football professionally in France.
WATCH: Mike Fabiilli’s speech
MIKE FABIILLI | PLAYER 1982-1985
Mike Fabiilli played linebacker while pursuing a bachelor of arts from 1982-1985 and was named the CIAU Rookie of the Year in 1982. His award-winning rookie season at inside linebacker helped the Gee-Gees go undefeated through the regular season. Leading the team in tackles and interceptions, he would be named to the OQIFC all-star team again in 1983 and was a team captain in 1984 before stepping aside due to injuries. Following his playing time with the Gee-Gees, Fabiilli became a teacher at St. Charles College in his hometown of Sudbury, Ont., where he has continued his involvement with the game as a high school and community coach.