Pierre Desjardins

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Pierre Desjardins
Date of birth: (1941-10-28) October 28, 1941 (age 72)
Place of birth: Montreal, Quebec
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): G/OT
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 240 lb (110 kg)
College: University of Wyoming
Organizations
As player:
1966–1971 Montreal Alouettes

Pierre Desjardins (born October 28, 1941) is a former professional Canadian football player with the Canadian Football League Montreal Alouettes. Desjardins was an offensive lineman at the guard and tackle positions during his six-year career (1966–1971) with the club. Desjardins' jersey #63 is one of seven retired by the Alouettes.[1]

Desjardins is currently a Canadian businessman, previously serving on the board of directors for Canadian businesses such as Domtar, Labatt Brewing Company, and Imperial Tobacco.[2]

College career[edit]

Desjardins was born and raised in Montreal, and played amateur Canadian football for the Quebec Junior Football League Rosemont Bombers.[3] He played collegiately at the University of Wyoming prior to joining the Als.[2]

Professional football career[edit]

Following his graduation from Wyoming, where he earned a business degree, Desjardins returned to Montreal and began his professional career with the CFL Alouettes in 1966.[2] Desjardins was an offensive lineman at the guard and tackle positions during his six-year career (1966-1971) with the Als. Along with Pierre Dumont he was one of the first French-Canadians to play for the Larks.[4]

Desjardins, as co-captain of the team (along with co-captain, Larry Fairholm), helped turn around a then-mediocre Alouettes team, eventually reaching and winning the Grey Cup in 1970. Desjardins retired following the Alouettes' 1971 CFL season.

Post-football career[edit]

Following his playing days, Desjardins was a sportscaster with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also served as an executive with Canadian companies such as Domtar, Labatt Brewing Company, and Imperial Tobacco.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pringle's No. 27 retired by Als". CBC.ca. 2005-07-02. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d Jackman, Dr. Frederic (1994-01-13). "The Future Is Not What It Was (Introduction)". The Empire Club. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  3. ^ "Notable Graduates". Quebec Junior Football League (QJFL.ca). Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  4. ^ CFL Retro - Pierre Dejardins