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Russ Jackson
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1936-07-28) July 28, 1936 (age 83)
Place of birth: Hamilton, Ontario
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Russell Stanley Jackson, OC (born July 28, 1936, in Hamilton, Ontario).[1] Jackson spent his entire 12-year professional football career with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. He is a member of the Order of Canada, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and has been described as the best Canadian-born quarterback to play in the CFL.[2] In 2006, Jackson was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#8) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN,[3] the highest-ranked Canadian-born player on the list.

Early life and college career Edit

After a stellar college career as both a basketball and football player, Jackson graduated from McMaster University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He was the McMaster nominee for a Rhodes Scholarship, but did not pursue an interview for the scholarship, deciding instead to sign with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League, who drafted him in the first round of the 1958 CFL draft.[2][4]

Rough Rider career Edit

Originally signed as a defensive back, Jackson quarterbacked the Rough Riders to three Grey Cup victories (48th, 56th, and 57th Grey Cups).

Jackson was the dominant CFL quarterback of the 1960s. He was honoured many times during his CFL career. He won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award in the 1963, 1966, and 1969 seasons. He was also a four-time winner of the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award (1959, 1963, 1966, 1969 seasons). He was a six-time Eastern Conference All-Star quarterback (1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969) and the CFL All-Star quarterback in the 1966, 1968, and 1969 seasons.

Russ Jackson was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1973.[5] Many consider him one of the best Canadian-born players to play in the CFL, while most consider him to be the best Canadian to play the quarterback position.[2] In November 2006, Jackson was voted one of the CFL's top 50 players (#8) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.[3]

Jackson ended his career with 24,592 passing yards, with 1,356 completions on 2,530 attempts (53.6%), 125 interceptions, 185 touchdowns, and an efficiency rating of 90.83. He was also a mobile quarterback, gaining 5,045 yards on the ground on 738 rushes, with 54 touchdowns. Among the few Canadian-born quarterbacks to play in the CFL, Jackson is the only one to pass for over 20,000 yards.

He holds the record for throwing the most passing touchdowns in a Grey Cup game, four (set in the 1969 game), and is tied for the career lead in Grey Cup passing touchdowns with eight.[6]

Career StatisticsEdit

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD
1958 OTT 112 61 54.5 858 3 6 66.0 66 357 5.4 51 5
1959 OTT 89 45 50.6 1,006 7 7 84.8 69 385 5.6 30 3
1960 OTT 52 20 38.5 222 2 3 40.7 52 381 7.3 25 6
1961 OTT 117 59 50.4 1,048 8 7 79.3 67 472 7.0 24 6
1962 OTT 157 78 49.7 1,426 10 13 68.1 71 512 7.2 26 8
1963 OTT 259 152 58.7 2,910 19 8 109.4 64 384 6.0 42 5
1964 OTT 230 116 50.4 2,156 18 16 80.3 81 588 7.3 33 3
1965 OTT 252 130 51.6 2,303 18 13 85.5 24 129 5.4 26 2
1966 OTT 276 142 51.4 2,400 17 15 79.1 65 396 6.1 26 3
1967 OTT 323 189 58.5 3,332 25 9 108.0 61 329 5.4 23 4
1968 OTT 305 171 56.1 3,187 25 16 97.8 54 534 9.9 73 6
1969 OTT 358 193 53.9 3,641 33 12 106.1 64 578 9.0 49 3
CFL totals 2,530 1,356 53.6 24,592 185 125 91.0 738 5,045 6.8 73 54

Post-football playing career Edit

After retiring from football, Jackson returned to teaching, having been a mathematics teacher from 1959–1961 and head of the Department of Mathematics at Rideau High School in Ottawa, Ontario from 1961-1966.

He was the principal of Canterbury High School in Ottawa from 1973[7] to 1975.

Jackson briefly left teaching in 1975, spending two years as head coach of the Toronto Argonauts. Jackson compiled a 12-18-2 regular-season record in two seasons as the Argos' head coach, not reaching the playoffs in either season. Jackson would be replaced by Leo Cahill, in his second tenure as the Argos' head coach, prior to the 1977 CFL season.

He later became a vice-principal and principal at secondary schools in Ottawa and Mississauga. He also became principal at Brampton Centennial Secondary School, John Fraser and T.L. Kennedy secondary schools.

Jackson has also done sports commentary for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats with radio station CHML-AM in Hamilton.

Jackson is an Officer of the Order of Canada[8] and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in law by McMaster University in 1989. He will be added to Canada's Walk of Fame in 2012.[9]

In 1986, the Russ Jackson Award was created in his honour to recognize the CIS football player who best exhibits athletic ability, academic achievement, and devoted citizenship.[5]

VideosEdit

80-yard TD pass in 1969 Grey Cup

Canadian Football Hall of Fame member

References Edit

  • CFL Facts, Figures and Records 1987 and 2007.
  • Ronald A. Ferroni, The 2001 Unofficial Canadian Football Encyclopedia, Hamilton 2001.

External links Edit

Awards
Preceded by
Nancy Greene
Lou Marsh Trophy winner
1969
Succeeded by
Bobby Orr
Preceded by
Bill Symons
CFL's Most Outstanding Player
1969
Succeeded by
Ron Lancaster
Preceded by
George Reed
CFL's Most Outstanding Player
1966
Succeeded by
Peter Liske
Preceded by
George Dixon
CFL's Most Outstanding Player
1963
Succeeded by
Lovell Coleman
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