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Ken Lehmann
Date of birth: (1942-01-13) January 13, 1942 (age 79)
Place of birth: Louisville, Kentucky
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Import
Position(s): LB
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
College: Xavier
 As player:
Ottawa Rough Riders
BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969
CFL East All-Star: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 2011

Ken Lehmann (born January 13, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a former linebacker for the Ottawa Rough Riders and BC Lions of the Canadian Football League from 1964 to 1972. He was a CFL All-Star from 1965-1969 and was a part of two Grey Cup victories for the Rough Riders, in 1968 and 1969.


Lehmann graduated with an Economics degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1]


Ken Lehmann played middle linebacker for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1964 to 1971. A mainstay of the Ottawa defense, Lehmann participated in a total of three Grey Cup games with the Rough Riders, winning back to back championships 1968 and 1969 and losing one in 1966.

In 1965, Lehmann won the Hiram Walker Trophy and was selected to the Eastern Football Conference All Star Team.[1] Lehmann was chosen as an Eastern All-Star five times throughout his career and All-Canadian four times. In 1966, Lehmann was the Eastern finalist for the Schenleys Most Outstanding Linemen Award and subsequently won the award in 1968. In 1968, Lehmann was named CFL Lineman of the Year.[2] He remains tied for the CFL record for the most blocked punts by a player in a game with 2.[3]

Post-football honors

Lehmann was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2011. The city of Ottawa declared Sunday, October 23, 2011 Ken Lehmann day to honour Ken's contribution to football in Ottawa.

Video clips

Canadian Football Hall of Fame member