Garry Lefebvre

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Garry Lefebvre
No. 11
Date of birth (1944-11-12)November 12, 1944
Place of birth Edmonton, Alberta
Date of death March 16, 2016(2016-03-16) (aged 71)
Place of death St. Albert, Alberta
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) WR/P
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
CJFL Edmonton Wildcats
Career history
As player
19661969 Edmonton Eskimos
19691971 Montreal Alouettes
19721976 Edmonton Eskimos
Awards 1966 - Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
1973 - Dick Suderman Trophy
Honours Grey Cup Champion - 1970, 1975

Garry Lefebvre (November 12, 1944 – March 16, 2016) was a Canadian Football League player with the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes at the wide receiver and punter positions.

Professional career[edit]

After being injured in high school, Lefebvre starred with the Edmonton Wildcats for three seasons before joining the Edmonton Eskimos in 1966. Playing 16 games and catching 9 passes for a 25.3 yards average and three touchdowns, he won the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy as best rookie in the Western Conference. After two more season in Edmonton, Lefebvre was disappointed to learn he was traded to the last place Montreal Alouettes. His short 1970 season was redeemed by a Grey Cup victory, in which he caught the final touchdown. Returning to the Eskimos, he was the Dick Suderman Trophy winner for best Canadian in a Grey Cup loss to the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1973. His best season was 1974, when he caught 36 passes for 575 yards and played in the Grey Cup, losing to Montreal. In 1975 he won his second Grey Cup ring, again against Montreal.[1]

While mostly a receiver, Lefebvre was also a first string punter, punting 83 times in 1968, 102 times in 1973, 103 times in 1974, and 127 times in his final season. He could also play defensive back, intercepting seven passes and returning two for touchdowns (both in 1967.) He attempted two passes during his career, completing both.

Career regular season statistics[edit]

CFL Statistics Receiving Punting Interceptions
Year Team GP Rec Yards Y/R Lg TD Punts Yds Ave. S Int Yds Ave Lg TD
1966 Edmonton Eskimos 16 9 228 25.3 55 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1967 Edmonton Eskimos 16 13 336 25.8 74 2 4 130 32.5 0 2 91 45.5 53 2
1968 Edmonton Eskimos 15 19 319 16.8 59 3 83 3239 39.0 2 0 0 0 0 0
1969 Edmonton & Montreal 13 18 357 19.8 58 1 24 873 36.4 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 Montreal Alouettes 2 1 14 14.0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 Montreal Alouettes 9 20 294 14.7 43 1 30 1149 38.3 1 0 0 0 0 0
1972 Edmonton Eskimos 16 1 12 12.0 12 0 103 3984 38.7 0 4 30 7.5 28 0
1973 Edmonton Eskimos 16 18 335 18.6 43 4 102 4239 41.2 2 1 14 14.0 14 0
1974 Edmonton Eskimos 16 36 576 16.0 66 3 103 4211 40.9 1 0 0 0 0 0
1975 Edmonton Eskimos 1 2 93 46.5 83 1 4 153 38.3 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 Edmonton Eskimos 16 16 293 18.3 48 3 127 5005 39.4 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 136 153 2857 18.7 83 21 0 0 0 0 7 134 19.2 53 2

Personal[edit]

Lefebvre was married to Sandi and they have four children: Cheri, Brad, Julie and Jesse.

He was a founding member of Athletes in Action, which he joined in 1972.

Lefebvre built and directed Canada's first Circle Square youth ranch in Halkirk, Alberta, where he and his family served for eight years. After founding and pastoring a small church in Kelowna, BC in 1988, Garry returned to Edmonton in 1992 as director of the 100 Huntley Street counselling centre. On July 15,1992, Lefebvre was a guest on 100 Huntley Street.

In 1995, he brought the ministry of Athletes International Ministries to Canada, where he is now Executive Director. In January 2009, he became the Regional Co-ordinator of Edmonton and area for Promise Keepers Canada.

On March 16, 2016, the Edmonton Eskimos announced on their website that Lefebvre died. No cause of death was given. He was 71.[2]

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