Rocky Dipietro

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Rocky DiPietro
Rocky Dipietro - 1989.jpg
Photo by Mike F. Campbell
Date of birth: (1956-01-30) January 30, 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): SB
Height: 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
University: Ottawa
Organizations
As player:
19781991 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1986, 1989
CFL East All-Star: 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989
Awards: 1982 - CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award
1989 - CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award
Career stats

Rocky DiPietro (born January 30, 1956) is a former Canadian Football League receiver for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. During his 14 year career as a slotback and wide receiver, DiPietro became the CFL's all-time pass reception leader in 1989 and had a career total of 706 receptions for 9,762 yards and 45 touchdowns.[1] Rocky retired in 1991 after starring in four Grey Cup games, winning it in 1986. He was named to the Tiger-Cats Wall of Honour in 1994, and inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997.[2] His cousin Paul DiPietro was a member of the 1993 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup championship team and is now an established star in Switzerland.

Rocky DiPietro Field - Photo by J. DiPietro

After a junior and senior football career in Sault Ste. Marie, Rocky DiPietro went on to a brilliant all-star CFL career. He was inducted into Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997 after playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He retired after the 1991 season with numerous awards and honours, which include: All-Eastern All-Star, All-Canadian All-Star, Most Outstanding Canadian Player Award, Lew Hayman Trophy — Most Outstanding Canadian Player Eastern Division, Grey Cup Participation, Grey Cup Championship Team and the Tiger-cats Walk of Fame.

He is now a high school Learning Strategies/Special Education teacher and coach of the multiple championship winning football team at Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne, Ontario.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • SCHENLEY MOST OUTSTANDING CANADIAN: 1982, 1989
  • ALL-CANADIAN SLOTBACK: 1986, 1989
  • ALL-EASTERN SLOTBACK: 1981-1982, 1986, 1989
  • LEW HAYMAN TROPHY: 1982, 1986, 1989

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ray Elgaard
CFL Most Outstanding Canadian
1989
Succeeded by
Ray Elgaard