Jack Abendschan

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Jack Abendschan
No. 53
Born: (1942-12-18) December 18, 1942 (age 76)
San Francisco, California
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight245 lb (111 kg)
CollegeNew Mexico
Career history
As player
19651975Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973
CFL West All-Star1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
Awards1969, 1970 - Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy
Career stats

Jack Abendschan (born December 18, 1942) is a former Canadian Football League offensive lineman and placekicker who played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1965 through 1975.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Jack Abendschan began his career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1965 and remained with them throughout his 11-year CFL career. Abendschan played offensive guard and except for 1968, he played all 16 games of the regular season every year from 1965 to 1973.[2]

Abendschan was also an accurate placekicker. His best field goal percentage was 63.2% (24 of 38) in 1970, his next best 60.7% (17 of 28) in 1967, which was considered very good at the time, considering kickers were not specialists then.

Abendschan was part of the 54th Grey Cup championship-winning Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1966 over the Ottawa Rough Riders 29-14, in which he converted their 4 touchdowns.[3] He also played in the 55th Grey Cup the following year, the 57th Grey Cup of 1969, and the 60th Grey Cup of 1972, losses to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1967 and 1972 and to Ottawa in 1969.

During Abendschan's time as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he was named to the CFL's All-Star team 5 times.[1] In 2012, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.


Canadian Football Hall of Fame member on YouTube

Seen in game 3 of the 1970 Western Conference finals in its entirety on YouTube


  1. ^ a b "The 1966 Roughriders". The Leader-Post. 2006-06-27. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
  2. ^ http://www.cflapedia.com/Players/a/abendschan_jack.htm
  3. ^ "Saskatchewan Wins Grey Cup For First Time". The Montreal Gazette. 1966-11-28. Retrieved 2011-01-20.