American Football Database
Date of birth: (1936-02-29) February 29, 1936 (age 86)
Place of birth: Empire, Ohio
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Import
Position(s): DB/K
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 8 / Pick: 94
Drafted by: New York Giants
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup champion 1963, 1965, 1968, 1969 (as a player)
  • Grey Cup champion (1987), 1992, 1999(as a coach)
CFL All-Star: 1962, 1964, 1969
CFL East All-Star: 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969
Playing stats at
Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1992

Donald Paul "Suds" Sutherin[1] (born February 29, 1936 in Empire, Ohio) is a former Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League (NFL) defensive back and placekicker. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (1992).

Playing career

Sutherin played college football at Ohio State, and kicked the game-winning field goal in the 1958 Rose Bowl, giving Ohio State its third national championship. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the eighth round of the 1959 NFL Draft and played in the NFL from 1959-1960 for the Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He started his playing career with Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1958. After playing in the NFL, he returned to Hamilton in 1960, where he would play seven more seasons. He played for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1967–1969 and the Toronto Argonauts in 1970. He spent a total of 12 years as a player in the CFL and played in eight Grey Cups, winning four.

While with the Tiger-Cats, he was noted for being both a defensive back as well as a placekicker and he led the CFL in points several years.

Sutherin was honoured on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Wall of Fame at Ivor Wynne Stadium on October 24, 2008.

Coaching career

After his playing career, Don Sutherin was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Eskimos from 1985 to 1990 and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1990 to 1994. He was promoted to head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1994 and remained in that role until 1997.[2]

CFL coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
HAM 1994 3 9 0 .250 5th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
HAM 1995 8 10 0 .444 4th in North Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
HAM 1996 8 10 0 .444 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
HAM 1997 1 5 0 .167 4th in East Division - - Fired mid-season
Total 20 34 0 .370 0 Division
0 2 0 Grey Cups


  1. "Don Sutherin". Archived from the original on 23 November 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  2. "TIGER-CATS HISTORY". Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Retrieved 4 October 2011.

External links

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