Don Sutherin

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Don Sutherin
Date of birth (1936-02-29) February 29, 1936 (age 81)
Place of birth Empire, Ohio
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status International
Position(s) DB/K
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg)
College Ohio State
NFL draft 1958 / Round: 8 / Pick: 94
Drafted by New York Giants
Career history
As coach
1981 Ottawa Rough Riders (Defensive Line)
19821984 Ottawa Rough Riders (Defensive Coordinator)
19851989 Ottawa Rough Riders (Defensive Secondary Coach)
19901995 Edmonton Eskimos (Defensive Coordinator)
1995 Calgary Stampeders (Defensive Coordinator)
19961997 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Defensive Coordinator)
19982001 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Head Coach) (Defensive Coordinator)
As player
1958 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)
1959 New York Giants
1959–1960 Pittsburgh Steelers
19601966 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)
19671969 Ottawa Rough Riders (CFL)
1970 Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup champion 1963, 1965, 1968, 1969 (as a player)
  • Grey Cup champion (1987), 1992, 1999(as a coach)
CFL All-Star 1962, 1964, 1969
CFL East All-Star 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969
Career stats

Don Paul "Suds" Sutherin[1] (born February 29, 1936 in Empire, Ohio) is a former Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League (NFL) defensive back and placekicker. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (1992).

Playing career[edit]

Sutherin played college football at Ohio State, and kicked the game-winning field goal in the 1958 Rose Bowl, giving Ohio State its third national championship. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the eighth round of the 1959 NFL Draft and played in the NFL from 1959-1960 for the Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He started his playing career with Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1958. After playing in the NFL, he returned to Hamilton in 1960, where he would play seven more seasons. He played for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1967–1969 and the Toronto Argonauts in 1970. He spent a total of 12 years as a player in the CFL and played in eight Grey Cups, winning four.

While with the Tiger-Cats, he was noted for being both a defensive back as well as a placekicker and he led the CFL in points several years.

Sutherin was honoured on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Wall of Fame at Ivor Wynne Stadium on October 24, 2008.

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career, Don Sutherin was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Eskimos from 1985 to 1990 and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1990 to 1994. He was promoted to head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1994 and remained in that role until 1997.[2]

CFL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
HAM 1994 3 9 0 .250 5th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
HAM 1995 8 10 0 .444 4th in North Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
HAM 1996 8 10 0 .444 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
HAM 1997 1 5 0 .167 4th in East Division - - Fired mid-season
Total 20 34 0 .370 0 Division
0 2 0 Grey Cups


  1. ^ "Don Sutherin". Archived from the original on 23 November 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "TIGER-CATS HISTORY". Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 

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