|Date of birth:||February 4, 1944|
|Place of birth:||Almonte, Ontario|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight:||191 lb (87 kg)|
Career highlights and awards
|CFL East All-Star:||1970|
|Awards:||1970 - CFL's (East) Most Outstanding Canadian Award
1969 - Gruen Trophy - Outstanding Eastern Rookie
Al Phaneuf played defensive back for 3 years with the Montreal Alouettes from 1969 to 1971, not missing a game, for a total of 42 games. Phaneuf's best year was 1970, when he intercepted 9 passes and was a CFL all-star. He was also and runner up for the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award. That year, he played an important role in the Lark's Grey Cup victory by a score of 23-10 over the Calgary Stampeders by intercepting 2 passes.
In his rookie season, Phaneuf intercepted 4 passes and in his final one 3 more.
Activities outside football
In October 1971, Phaneuf founded a Christian-based Youth Ranch for high school students on Montreal's West Island. On July 1972, Phaneuf surprised the Canadian football world by announcing his retirement after only three years of play without any injury, to devote more time to the Youth Ranch.
- Bob Morrissey (July 14, 1972). "The Montral Gazette". p. 19.
- "All-Time CFL Player Roster". CFLapedia.
- Ann Weldon (May 1, 1971). "Grid Star Carries Gospel To Youth". The Evening Independent.
- Alan Fryer (May 22, 1975). "Youth Ranch honours high school graduate Ranchers". The South Shore News.