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Wayne Allison
Date of birth: (1949-12-17)December 17, 1949
Place of birth: Toronto, Ontario
Date of death: October 24, 2005(2005-10-24) (aged 55)
Career information
Position(s): DB
University: Waterloo Lutheran
CFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Drafted by: Edmonton Eskimos
Organizations

Wayne Allison (December 17, 1949 – October 24, 2005) was a professional Canadian football defensive back who played for the Toronto Argonauts, Calgary Stampeders, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). From 1973 to 1978, Allison played in 85 regular season games in the CFL.[1]

Allison played for the Waterloo Lutheran Golden Hawks in college as a quarterback, where he led his team to play in the 8th Vanier Cup. After being drafted in the first round of the 1973 CFL Draft and traded to the Toronto Argonauts, he was converted to a defensive back. Over the course of his professional career, Allison made seven interceptions, recovered five fumbles, and contributed on the special teams both as a blocker and a return specialist.

College career Edit

Allison played college football for the Waterloo Lutheran Golden Hawks as a quarterback.[2] By his final year with the Golden Hawks in 1972, Allison was known as a dual-threat quarterback who frequently utilized triple option running plays out of the wishbone formation.[3][4] He led the Golden Hawks to victories in the Yates Cup game and the Atlantic Bowl as a senior.[3] The Golden Hawks then played in the 8th Vanier Cup (then known as the College Bowl), losing 7–20 to the Alberta Golden Bears.[5]

Professional career Edit

The Edmonton Eskimos selected Allison in the first round of the 1973 CFL Draft with the ninth overall pick.[2] Shortly after in May 1973, the Eskimos traded Allison to the Toronto Argonauts, who gave up tight end Tony Moro in the deal.[6] By June, the Argonauts decided to convert Allison to a defensive back, the position he went on to play for his entire professional career.[7][8] Allison played in 14 regular season games for the Argonauts in 1973.[1]

In 1974, Allison played in all 16 regular season games.[1] In an August 21 game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Allison attempted to punt the ball out of the endzone in the last play of the game to prevent the Blue Bombers from scoring a single. The punt was blocked and recovered for a touchdown, resulting in an 18–13 Blue Bombers win.[9] Ottawa Rough Riders head coach George Brancato credited Allison with "turn[ing] the game around" for the Argonauts in a 19–7 win against Ottawa on September 29, after Allison returned an interception roughly 55 yards to set up an Argonauts touchdown drive.[10] In addition to his role on defense, Allison began returning punts regularly. He returned 62 punts for 318 yards on the season.[1]

Before the 1975 season, the CFL implemented a rule change allowing the return team to block on punts. Allison was used on special teams as a blocker under this new rule.[11] He continued his role as an occasional punt returner with 24 returns. Allison also continued to contribute defensively, playing in all 16 regular season games and recording an interception and fumble recovery.[1]

In 1976, Allison made two interceptions while playing in all 16 regular season games. He faced a reduced role on special teams, with no punt or kick returns on the season for the first time since he joined the league.[1] While Allison was not named an all-star for the 1976 season, he was invited to play in the CFL All-Star Game as a replacement for all-stars which were unable to play.[12]

When wide receiver Kelvin Kirk suffered a concussion in a July 1977 game against the Ottawa Rough Riders, Allison was forced to substitute as a wide receiver.[13] After playing five regular season games with the Argonauts in 1977, Allison was traded to the Calgary Stampeders for Rudy Linterman.[1][14] He played in four games for the Stampeders during the 1977 season.[1] Allison tore his Achilles tendon in September when he was hit while standing on the sideline, and the injury ended his season.[15]

Before the 1978 season, the Stampeders traded Allison to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for wide receiver Rick Koswina.[16] Allison played in nine regular season games for the Blue Bombers recording one fumble recovery before being released.[1] He was then picked up by his original team, the Toronto Argonauts, in October 1978.[17] Allison finished the 1978 season with the Argonauts, playing in five more games, before being cut in June 1979.[1][18]

Season statistics Edit

[1] Defense Receiving Punt returns Kick returns Misc
Year Team GP FR Int Rec Yds Avg Long TD PR Yds Avg Long TD KR Yds Avg Long TD Fumbles
1973 TOR 14 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 4 35 8.8 13 0 8 175 21.9 27 0 2
1974 TOR 16 1 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 62 318 5.1 19 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
1975 TOR 16 1 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 24 222 9.3 30 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
1976 TOR 16 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
1977 TOR 5 0 0 1 14 14.0 14 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
1977 CAL 4 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 10 94 9.4 24 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
1978 WPG 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
1978 TOR 5 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 15 15.0 15 0 0
Total 85 5 7 1 14 14.0 14 0 100 669 6.7 30 0 9 190 21.1 27 0 3

Death Edit

On October 24, 2005, Allison died in a car accident on Ontario Highway 12.[19]

References Edit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Maher, Tod; Gill, Bob (2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946–2012. Maher Sports Media. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-9835136-6-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sudlow, Ron (February 7, 1973). "British Columbia gets lion's share of choice picks". The Ottawa Journal: p. 22. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8964906/british_columbia_gets_lions_share_of/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Dave Knight picked coach of the year". The Ottawa Journal: p. 18. April 3, 1973. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8965630/dave_knight_picked_coach_of_the_year/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  4. Juby, Jordan (April 7, 1973). "Wants more promotion for college football". The Ottawa Journal: p. 26. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8968816/wants_more_promotion_for_college/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  5. "Golden Bears stop Waterloo". The Ottawa Journal. Canadian Press: p. 16. November 27, 1972. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8965049/golden_bears_stop_waterloo/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  6. "Argos trade Moro to Esks". The Ottawa Journal: p. 22. May 4, 1973. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8968904/argos_trade_moro_to_esks/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  7. "CFLPA concerned over Moro's plight". The Ottawa Journal: p. 25. June 27, 1973. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8969069/cflpa_concerned_over_moros_plight/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  8. "Collegiate football coach takes kick at CFL scouts". The Brandon Sun: p. 6. November 14, 1973. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8969103/collegiate_football_coach_takes_kick_at/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  9. "Bombers block their blues away". The Brandon Sun. Canadian Press: p. 7. August 22, 1974. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8969360/bombers_block_their_blues_away/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  10. "Allison stars for Argos". The Brandon Sun. Canadian Press: p. 11. September 30, 1974. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8969464/allison_stars_for_argos/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  11. "Argos to experiment with new rule". The Ottawa Journal. Canadian Press: p. 37. July 2, 1975. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8969666/argos_to_experiment_with_new_rule/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  12. Sufrin, Mel (May 4, 1977). "Familiar names missing from CFL all-stars". The Ottawa Journal: p. 32. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8969923/familiar_names_missing_from_cfl/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  13. "In spite of injuries, penalties, Argonauts wing it on way to first win". The Brandon Sun: p. 6. July 28, 1977. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8970084/in_spite_of_injuries_penalties/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  14. Kealey, Clem (August 15, 1977). "Brancato has the axe sharpened". The Ottawa Journal: p. 13. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8970136/brancato_has_the_axe_sharpened/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  15. "Esks and Roughies close in on Lions". The Brandon Sun. Canadian Press: p. 9. September 6, 1977. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8970509/esks_and_roughies_close_in_on_the_lions/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  16. "CFL roster cuts leaves vets in cold". The Ottawa Journal. Canadian Press: p. 19. July 7, 1978. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8971074/cfl_roster_cuts_leaves_vets_in_cold/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  17. "Wade has brief stay in hospital". The Ottawa Journal. Canadian Press: p. 30. October 4, 1978. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8971283/wade_has_brief_stay_in_hospital/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  18. "Argos trade Sowieta". The Ottawa Journal. Canadian Press: p. 27. June 23, 1979. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/8971341/argos_trade_sowieta/. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  19. Milton, Steve (October 26, 2005). "Argos aim to stay on top in the east; Clemons says it's too risky to let up against Cats and blow opportunity to play at home in playoffs". Hamilton Spectator: p. SP02.
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