Jerry Keeling

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Jerry Keeling
Date of birth: (1939-08-02) August 2, 1939 (age 74)
Place of birth: Paris, Texas
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Import
Position(s): QB/DB
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
College: Tulsa
Organizations
As player:
1961-1972
1973-1975
1975
Calgary Stampeders
Ottawa Rough Riders
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1964, 1965, 1967
CFL West All-Star: 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968
Career stats

Jerry Keeling (born August 2, 1939) was a quarterback and defensive back in the Canadian Football League, playing fifteen seasons from 1961-1975 for the Calgary Stampeders, the Ottawa Rough Riders, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. For his great play, he became a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

Jery Keeling was a member of the Stampeders from 1961 to 1972, playing defensive back and quarterback positions. It was only in 1969 that Keeling became the starting quarterback. Keeling was the winning quarterback in the 1970 Western Conference finals in a best of 3 series against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the final game in brutally cold weather (see video clip below) won by Calgary by a score of 15-14, one of the coldest football games ever. But the team lost the 58th Grey Cup game played on a very muddy field to the Montreal Alouettes. However, after beating Saskatchewan again in the Western Conference finals in 1971, he beat the Toronto Argonauts during the rainy 59th Grey Cup game, his first and last championship victory as a Stampeder.

Ottawa Rough Riders[edit]

Keeling became an Ottawa Rough Rider from 1973 to 1975. In 1973, he was their starting quarterback and led his team to the 61st Grey Cup. However, he was replaced by Rick Cassata in the title game because of an injury.[1] Nevertheless, Ottawa won that game, Keeling's second and last Grey Cup win.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

He ended his career in 1975 as the starting quarterback of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, which finished 5-10-1 yet made the playoffs, though defeated on the first round by the Alouettes.

Video clips[edit]

Seen in game 3 of the 1970 Western finals in its entirety

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jerry Keeling". Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-07-13.