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Val Belcher
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-07-06)July 6, 1954
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Date of death: September 12, 2010(2010-09-12) (aged 56)
Place of death: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
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Val Belcher (July 6, 1954 – September 12, 2010) was an American football offensive guard in the Canadian Football League for the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He played college football at the University of Houston and was drafted in the third round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

Early years

Belcher attended Reagan High School, before moving on to the University of Houston. He was a three-year starter, that began his career playing offensive guard, before moving to offensive tackle as a senior. He was a part of the 1976 SWC championship team, receiving All-SWC and honorable mention All-American honors at the end of the season.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Belcher was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (81st overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft to play offensive guard. He was waived on August 30, 1977.[1]

Ottawa Rough Riders (CFL)

In 1979, he signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders where he became a starter at right guard, a three-time East All-Star and a CFL All-Star (1980, 1981, 1982).[2] He also was nominated three times for Most Outstanding Offensive lineman (1979, 1980, 1981). On July 21, 1983, he was the traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[3]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)

He played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for two more seasons, before retiring in November 1984, after the team won the Grey Cup.

Personal life

Following his retirement from professional football, Belcher began a highly successful career as a restaurant entrepreneur. In 1986, he founded the Lone Star Cafe restaurant with former Ottawa Rough Rider teammate Larry Brune in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean. Over the years, it expanded into a franchise business throughout Eastern and Southern Ontario. It was renamed Lone Star Texas Grill operating under the Lone Star Group of Companies. Lonestar Texas Grill has expanded immensely and now has over 20 restaurants in Ontario. Many in the Greater Toronto Area as well as the Greater Ottawa Area, as that is where it originated. Lonestar Texas Grill specializes in fajitas. They are brought out on a sizzling hot pan and have created a family-style dinner in a restaurant setting. There are now 4 locations in Ottawa itself, Nepean, Baseline, Byward Market, and Orleans. The same group later started Big Daddy's Crab Shack & Oyster Bar franchise of restaurants. In 2005, Belcher resigned from the Lone Star Group of Companies. In 2008, he opened a new restaurant, Big Easy’s Seafood & Steak House, in Ottawa.

Belcher died September 12, 2010 at the age of 57. He died from congestive heart failure while waiting for a heart transplant at the Ottawa Heart Institute. He was survived by his three children (Layne, Ashton and Meagan) and his life partner, Leslie Hines.


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