Al Phaneuf

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Al Phaneuf
Date of birth (1944-02-04) February 4, 1944 (age 73)
Place of birth Almonte, Ontario
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status National
Position(s) DB
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg)
College Kentucky
Career history
As player
19691971 Montreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1970
CFL East All-Star 1970
Awards 1970 - CFL's (East) Most Outstanding Canadian Award
1969 - Gruen Trophy - Outstanding Eastern Rookie

Al Phaneuf (born February 4, 1944 in Almonte, Ontario) is a former defensive back in the Canadian Football League.


Al Phaneuf played college football at the University of Kentucky. During his second year at Kentucky, Phaneuf "became a Christian."[1] After graduating there, he attended Florida Bible College.[1]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Activities outside football[edit]

In October 1971, Phaneuf founded a Christian-based Youth Ranch for high school students on Montreal's West Island.[1][4] 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Bob Morrissey (July 14, 1972). "Als' Phaneuf quits football for youth work". The Montreal Gazette. p. 19. 
  2. ^ "All-Time CFL Player Roster". CFLapedia. 
  3. ^ Ann Weldon (May 1, 1971). "Grid Star Carries Gospel To Youth". The Evening Independent. 
  4. ^ Alan Fryer (May 22, 1975). "Youth Ranch honours high school graduate Ranchers". The South Shore News.