Steve Ferrughelli

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Steve Ferrughelli
Date of birth (1949-03-12)March 12, 1949
Place of birth Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of death June 25, 2016(2016-06-25) (aged 67)
Place of death Rigaud, Quebec, Canada
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) FB
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg)
College Rutgers
Career history
As player
19731976 Montreal Alouettes
1976 Edmonton Eskimos
CFL East All-Star 1974
Awards 1975 - Grey Cup Most Valuable Player
Honours 1974 - Grey Cup champion

Stephen Ferrughelli (March 12, 1949 – June 25, 2016) was a Canadian football player who was a fullback in the Canadian Football League.[1]

A graduate of prestigious Rutgers University, Ferrughelli had overcome difficult childhood handicaps (speech and hearing impairments) to earn his education and football scholarship.[2] Ferrughelli would have a brief stint in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins before moving to the Canadian Football League. He joined Montreal in 1973 but made a huge impact the next season, rushing for 1124 yards, being named an all-star, and winning the Grey Cup. In 1975, he rushed for another 893 yards and was named Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in a one-point loss to the Edmonton Eskimos. Ferrughelli was caught in an import/Canadian ratio tangle in 1976, when Montreal needed a defensive back and were able to acquire a Canadian first stringer from Edmonton in exchange for him.[3] He was traded to Edmonton, where he finished his career. He had played 43 regular season games for the Als (and 5 for the Esks) and had 2763 total rushing yards.[4]

Ferughelli later worked in the home-renovation business in Montreal's West Island.[5] He subsequently moved to Rigaud, where he died on June 25, 2016.[6]