John Harvey
Date of birth: (1950-01-26) January 26, 1950 (age 70)
Place of birth: Austin, Texas
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Import
Position(s): RB
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
College: Tyler Junior
 As player:
Montreal Alouettes
Memphis Southmen
Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1973
CFL East All-Star: 1973
Awards: 1973 Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy

John Harvey (born January 26, 1950) is a former award winning Canadian Football League running back.

In 1970, he was a junior college 1st team All-American at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.[1]

He burst into the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes in 1973. Rushing for 1024 yards, with an incredible 7.5 yards per rush average and 32 pass receptions, he was an all-star and won the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy, being runner up as CFL MVP.[2]

Like many other players lured by the big money, he jumped to the World Football League in 1974, playing 2 seasons with the Memphis Southmen. In his first season he rushed for 945 yards, caught 21 passes for 275 yards, scored 5 touchdowns, and threw 3 passes (one for a TD.) In 1975, rushing behind future NFL Hall-of-Famer Larry Csonka, he gained 137 yards, caught 8 passes for 107 yards, scored 4 TDs, and threw 2 passes (1 for a TD.) In the short history of the WFL he was 13th on the all time rushing list, with 1082 yards.[3]

When the WFL folded, he returned to the CFL, playing 10 games for the Toronto Argonauts in 1976 (rushing for 68 yards, catching 26 passes for 459 yards, and 5 TDs) and 1 game for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1977.


  1. [1] Tyler Junior College Apache's Football All Americans
  2. [2] John Harvey - CFLpedia article.
  3. [3] World Football League - Statistics
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