Eric Guthrie
Date of birth: (1947-04-27) April 27, 1947 (age 73)
Place of birth: Vancouver, British Columbia
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Non-import
Position(s): QB/K
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 14 / Pick: 356
Drafted by: San Francisco 49ers

Eric Guthrie (born April 27, 1947 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born quarterback[1] who played in the World Football League and Canadian Football League. He played for the BC Lions from 1972–1973, the Detroit Wheels in 1974, the BC Lions from 1975–1976, the Montreal Alouettes in 1977, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1977.[2]

College footballEdit

Guthrie played college football in the United States in Idaho at Boise State College. As a senior in 1971, he led the Broncos to a 9–2 record in the regular season, with a #7 ranking in the small college AP poll.[3]

At the Camellia Bowl in Sacramento, California, the Broncos were down by 21 points to Chico State after three quarters. Guthrie engineered a 25–0 rally in the fourth quarter to win by four, with two of the three touchdowns on his passes. He also threw for a two-point conversion and made three kicks: two extra points and a field goal.[4][5][6][7][8]

It was later revealed that Guthrie had signed a professional baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization five years earlier in 1966. The NCAA had Boise State return the winner's trophy and $18,000, its share of the gate and other receipts.[8][9]

Guthrie was selected in the 1972 NFL Draft; in the fourteenth round by the San Francisco 49ers.

External linksEdit


  1. CFLAPEDIA entry: Eric Gutherie
  2. Guthrie was ready to steps in, pressure or not
  3. "Boise State accepts bid". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press (Spokane, Washington): p. 15. November 23, 1971.
  4. "College bowl game results". Lodi News-Sentinel (California): p. 11. December 13, 1971.
  5. "Boise State uses fourth quarter rally to take Camellia Bowl win". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 15. December 12, 1971.
  6. "Eric Guthrie rallies Boise". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press (Spokane, Washington): p. 9, sports. December 12, 1971.
  7. "Football scores: Colleges". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington): p. 19. December 13, 1971.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Bucs 'hurt' Boise State bowl cause". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press: p. 12. November 17, 1972.
  9. "Boise out $18,000, trophy for Camellia infraction". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press (Idaho): p. 16. November 16, 1972.


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