Russ Jackson

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Russ Jackson
Date of birth: (1936-07-28) July 28, 1936 (age 78)
Place of birth: Hamilton, Ontario
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): QB
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
University: McMaster
CFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Drafted by: Ottawa Rough Riders
Organizations
As coach:
1975-1976 Toronto Argonauts (HC)
As player:
19581969 Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1966, 1968, 1969
CFL East All-Star: 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
Awards:
Honours:
Retired #s: Ottawa Rough Riders #12
Career stats

Russell Stanley Jackson, OC (born July 28, 1936, in Hamilton, Ontario), is a former professional Canadian football player.[1] Jackson spent his entire 12-year professional football career with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. He is a member of the Order of Canada, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and has been described as the best Canadian-born quarterback to play in the CFL.[2] In 2006, Jackson was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#8) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN,[3] the highest-ranked Canadian-born player on the list.

Early life and college career[edit]

After a stellar college career as both a basketball and football player, Jackson graduated from McMaster University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He was the McMaster nominee for a Rhodes Scholarship, but did not pursue an interview for the scholarship, deciding instead to sign with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League, who drafted him in the first round of the 1958 CFL draft.[2][4]

Rough Rider career[edit]

Originally signed as a defensive back, Jackson quarterbacked the Rough Riders to three Grey Cup victories (48th, 56th, and 57th Grey Cups).

Jackson was the dominant CFL quarterback of the 1960s. He was honoured many times during his CFL career. He won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award in the 1963, 1966, and 1969 seasons. He was also a four-time winner of the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award (1959, 1963, 1966, 1969 seasons). He was a six-time Eastern Conference All-Star quarterback (1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969) and the CFL All-Star quarterback in the 1966, 1968, and 1969 seasons.

Russ Jackson was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1973.[5] Many consider him one of the best Canadian-born players to play in the CFL, while most consider him to be the best Canadian to play the quarterback position.[2] In November 2006, Jackson was voted one of the CFL's top 50 players (#8) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.[3]

Jackson ended his career with 24,592 passing yards, with 1,356 completions on 2,530 attempts (53.6%), 125 interceptions, 185 touchdowns, and an efficiency rating of 90.83. He was also a mobile quarterback, gaining 5,045 yards on the ground on 738 rushes, with 54 touchdowns. Among the few Canadian-born quarterbacks to play in the CFL, Jackson is the only one to pass for over 20,000 yards.

He holds the record for throwing the most passing touchdowns in a Grey Cup game, four (set in the 1969 game), and is tied for the career lead in Grey Cup passing touchdowns with eight.[6]

Career Statistics[edit]

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD
1958 OTT 14 112 61 54.5 858 3 6 66.0 66 357 5.4 51 5
1959 OTT 14 89 45 50.6 1,006 7 7 84.8 69 385 5.6 30 3
1960 OTT 12 52 20 38.5 222 2 3 40.7 52 381 7.3 25 6
1961 OTT 14 117 59 50.4 1,048 8 7 79.3 67 472 7.0 24 6
1962 OTT 14 157 78 49.7 1,426 10 13 68.1 71 512 7.2 26 8
1963 OTT 14 259 152 58.7 2,910 19 8 109.4 64 384 6.0 42 5
1964 OTT 14 230 116 50.4 2,156 18 16 80.3 81 588 7.3 33 3
1965 OTT 14 252 130 51.6 2,303 18 13 85.5 24 129 5.4 26 2
1966 OTT 14 276 142 51.4 2,400 17 15 79.1 65 396 6.1 26 3
1967 OTT 14 323 189 58.5 3,332 25 9 108.0 61 329 5.4 23 4
1968 OTT 14 305 171 56.1 3,187 25 16 97.8 54 534 9.9 73 6
1969 OTT 14 358 193 53.9 3,641 33 12 106.1 64 578 9.0 49 3
CFL totals 166 2,530 1,356 53.6 24,592 185 125 91.0 738 5,045 6.8 73 54

Post-football playing career[edit]

After retiring from football, Jackson returned to teaching, having been a mathematics teacher from 1959–1961 and head of the Department of Mathematics at Rideau High School in Ottawa, Ontario from 1961-1966.

He was the principal of Canterbury High School in Ottawa from 1973[7] to 1975. (once, 'tackling' a male 'streaker' during high school dance)

Jackson briefly left teaching in 1975, spending two years as head coach of the Toronto Argonauts. Jackson compiled a 12-18-2 regular-season record in two seasons as the Argos' head coach, not reaching the playoffs in either season. Jackson would be replaced by Leo Cahill, in his second tenure as the Argos' head coach, prior to the 1977 CFL season.

He later became a vice-principal and principal at secondary schools in Ottawa and Mississauga. He also became principal at Brampton Centennial Secondary School, John Fraser and T.L. Kennedy secondary schools.

Jackson has also done sports commentary for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats with radio station CHML-AM in Hamilton.

Jackson is an Officer of the Order of Canada[8] and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in law by McMaster University in 1989. He will be added to Canada's Walk of Fame in 2012.[9]

In 1986, the Russ Jackson Award was created in his honour to recognize the CIS football player who best exhibits athletic ability, academic achievement, and devoted citizenship.[5]

Videos[edit]

Canadian Football Hall of Fame member

80-yard TD pass in 1969 Grey Cup

32-yard TD pass in 1960 Grey Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "McMaster University Alumni". Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  2. ^ a b c "Russ Jackson". CFL Legends. Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b "TSN Top 50 CFL Players". TSN.ca. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Ottawa Rough Riders College Draft History". Capital Region Football. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Russ Jackson". Hall of Famers. Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  6. ^ "CFL Legends: Russ Jackson". CFL. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Google Search Result: Ottawa Citizen Article: Principals Named for Ottawa Schools". Ottawa Citizen May 1, 1973. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Russell S. Jackson, O.C., B.Sc.". Order of Canada. Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  9. ^ "Canada's Walk of Fame Announces the 2012 Inductees". canadaswalkoffame.com. 2012-06-19. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  • CFL Facts, Figures and Records 1987 and 2007.
  • Ronald A. Ferroni, The 2001 Unofficial Canadian Football Encyclopedia, Hamilton 2001.

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