Ian Beckstead

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Ian Beckstead
Born: (1957-09-07) September 7, 1957 (age 61)
Ottawa, Ontario
Career information
Position(s)Centre
CollegeRichmond
CJFLOttawa Sooners
High schoolRidgemont High School (Ottawa)
CFL draft1981 / Round: Territorial exemption
Drafted byOttawa Rough Riders
Career history
As player
1981–1983Ottawa Rough Riders
1983–1985Toronto Argonauts
1987–1992Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1988

Ian Beckstead (born September 7, 1957 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a former Canadian Football League offensive lineman who played eleven seasons in the CFL. He was part of the Grey Cup championship-winning Toronto Argonauts in 1983 and 1991. He won the Leo Dandurand Trophy in 1988.[1]

Beckstead was originally drafted by the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1981,[2] and was subsequently traded to the Toronto Argonauts in 1983. He sat out part of the 1985 season and all of 1986 to complete his Masters of Business Administration degree and begin working in business,[3] but returned to the Argonauts in the 1987 season and played with them for the remainder of his career until retiring after the 1992 season. He was named an East Division All-Star in 1987 and 1988,[3] and a league all-star in 1988. In the latter year, he won the Leo Dandurand Trophy as the Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the East,[4] but lost to West Division's Roger Aldag for the league-wide award.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ian Beckstead". www.cflapedia.com.
  2. ^ "Argos and Als co-operate on draft". The Globe and Mail, January 23, 1981.
  3. ^ a b "Boatmen capture six spots on the CFL all-star squad". Toronto Star, November 30, 1988.
  4. ^ "Williams leads pack in race for awards". Vancouver Sun, November 24, 1988.
  5. ^ "Williams selected CFL's top player". Montreal Gazette, November 26, 1988.