Denny Ferdinand
Date of birth: March 22, 1962
Place of birth: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Date of death: April 2, 2002
Place of death: Ottawa, Ontario
Career information
Position(s): Fullback
College: none - Montreal Junior Concordes
 As player:
Montreal Concordes
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1983 - Lew Hayman Trophy

Denny Ferdinand was a award winning Canadian Football League fullback.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, and having lived in Canada, Ferdinand qualified as a non-import for CFL football player roster ratios. A graduate of the Montreal Junior Concordes program, he joined the newly formed Montreal Concordes in 1982. His best season came as a pro was 1983, when he rushed for 603 yards and caught 27 passes, for which he won the Lew Hayman Trophy as the best Canadian in the East.[1]

After two more season in Montreal he was injured and traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who released him. He then signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and played in Regina for four seasons, his best being 1986, when he ran for 572 yards. Traded to the Calgary Stampeders in 1988, he was again released, and finished his career with the Ottawa Rough Riders, playing six games in 1989.

Well liked by his coaches and teammates, Ferdinand died at the age of 40, on April 2, 2002 at his home in Ottawa, of heart arrhythmia.[2] He is survived by 5 sons (including twins born after his death), including Cedric Ferdinand, former Concordia University Stingers running back.[3]

References Edit

  1. [1] CFLAPEDIA entry - Denny Ferdinand
  2. [2] Following in dad's football steps, RANDY PHILLIPS, The Gazette. Saturday, October 15, 2005
  3. [3] Professional blood runs strong, by Daniel Rodrigues, Concordia Journal, Archives, November 6, 2008

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