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Al Phaneuf
Personal information
Date of birth: (1944-02-04) February 4, 1944 (age 77)
Place of birth: Almonte, Ontario
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Al Phaneuf (born February 4, 1944 in Almonte, Ontario) is a former defensive back in the Canadian Football League.


Al Phaneuf played college football at the University of Kentucky. During his second year at Kentucky, Phaneuf "became a Christian."[1] After graduating there, he attended Florida Bible College.[1]

Montreal Alouettes

Al Phaneuf played defensive back for 3 years with the Montreal Alouettes from 1969 to 1971, not missing a game, for a total of 42 games.[2] Phaneuf's best year was 1970, when he intercepted 9 passes and was a CFL all-star. He was also and runner up for the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award. That year, he played an important role in the Lark's Grey Cup victory by a score of 23-10 over the Calgary Stampeders by intercepting 2 passes.

In his rookie season, Phaneuf intercepted 4 passes and in his final one 3 more.[3]

Activities outside football

In October 1971, Phaneuf founded a Christian-based Youth Ranch for high school students on Montreal's West Island.[1][4] On July 1972, Phaneuf surprised the Canadian football world by announcing his retirement after only three years of play without any injury, to devote more time to the Youth Ranch.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bob Morrissey (July 14, 1972). "The Montral Gazette". p. 19.
  2. [ "All-Time CFL Player Roster"]. CFLapedia.
  3. Ann Weldon (May 1, 1971). "Grid Star Carries Gospel To Youth". The Evening Independent.,89363&dq=al+phaneuf&hl=en.
  4. Alan Fryer (May 22, 1975). "Youth Ranch honours high school graduate Ranchers". The South Shore News.,6240599&dq=al+phaneuf&hl=en.