Elfrid Payton
Date of birth: (1967-09-22) September 22, 1967 (age 52)
Place of birth: Gretna, Louisiana
Career information
CFL status: Import
Position(s): DE
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002
CFL East All-Star: 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
CFL West All-Star: 2002
Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 2010
Military service
Awards: 1993 James P. McCaffrey Trophy
2002 CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player
2002 Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy

Elfrid Payton Sr. (born September 22, 1967) is a former all-star gridiron football player in the Canadian Football League. Payton graduated from Grambling State University.


Payton played with seven different teams over the course of his career.

1991 to 1993 – Payton played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he was an all-star and James P. McCaffrey Trophy winner in 1993.

1994 – Payton started the season with the Shreveport Pirates, but finished with the Grey Cup finalist Baltimore CFLers, registering twenty seven tackles and four sacks.

1995 – Payton had eighteen sacks in an all-star season with the Grey Cup champion Baltimore Stallions.

1996 to 1999 – Payton had three all-star seasons (1997, 1998 and 1999) with the Montreal Alouettes.

2000 – Payton returned to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

2001 – Payton was an all-star with the Toronto Argonauts.

2002 to 2003 – Payton played with the Edmonton Eskimos, where he won the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award and was an all star in 2002, and won a Grey Cup in 2003.

2004 – Payton returned to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Payton played in 189 total regular season games, seventeen playoff games, and four Grey Cups. His 154 career sacks are the 2nd highest career total in CFL history.


In 2010 Payton was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[1]

Payton's son, also named Elfrid, was a basketball player at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who won the 2014 Lefty Driesell Award, and now plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association.


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