Dieter Brock - Quarterback - 1974-84 - Jacksonville State
By CFL-H - excerpt from Hamilton Tiger Cats - Chat - Official Tiger Cats Website
Ralph "Dieter" Brock, a 1973 Jacksonville State University grad came to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1974. He took over the starting quarterback duties in 1976 with 3,101 yards passing and 17 touchdowns as Winnipeg improved from 6-8-2 in 1975 to 10-6 in '76 with Brock at the helm..
Brock had arguably the strongest arm ever in the CFL. He was a durable 5'10" 210lb quarterback who played with reckless abandon and was a fan favorite in Winnipeg. Despite some great seasons in the late 1970's Winnipeg always seemed to struggle come playoff time. Brock won his first Most Outstanding Player award in 1980 passing for 4,252 yards and 28 touchdowns , Winnipeg finished 10-6 on the year but lost the Western Final to the eventual Grey Cup Champion Edmonton Eskimos 34-24. Brock had his finest statistical season in 1981 passing for a then record 4,796 yards and 32 touchdowns including an incredible 41-47 passing day versus Ottawa. Winnipeg went 11-5 in 1981 but lost in the Western semi-final.
Brock enjoyed another outstanding season with Winnipeg in 1982 but the team lost again to Edmonton in the Western Final this time by a 24-21 score. In 1983 after ten seasons with Winnipeg he was
traded to Hamilton for another future hall of famer in Tom Clements.
***excerpt from Hamilton Tiger Cats - Chat - Official Tiger Cats Website
It was a sensational trade, to say the least. Brock was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in both 1980 and 1981.
“To be honest, I hated the trade at the time,” Brock recalled. “I was trying to get back down to the States, because the USFL was starting up. We had a good team at that time in Winnipeg, so I wasn’t really thrilled about it.” Brock and the Tiger-Cats went to the Eastern Final that year, losing 41-36 in Toronto. It was a classic offensive show, and it was one that Brock almost didn’t play in.
“I had really bad back spasms a few days leading up to that game,” he said. “My back was so tight, I didn’t think I was going to play. I had to go to the hospital the night before to help get the spasms out. During the warm-up it finally loosened up.”
Ironically, Clements and Brock would meet in the Grey Cup game of November 18, 1984. Brock ran for a 15-yard touchdown, and threw for another, as Hamilton jumped into a 17-0 lead. But then, the superior Winnipeg team took over, and ended up scoring 47 unanswered points, en route to a 47-17 victory.
“We were proud to get to the Grey Cup that year. We knew we were the underdogs. After that 17-point lead, things seemed to go more than just a bit downhill after that,” Brock laughed.
In 1985, Brock was signed by the Los Angeles Rams and had a great season passing for 2,658 yards and 16 touchdowns. Brock was named to the All-NFL Rookie team and led the Rams to the NFC Championship game against the eventual Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears. During that season, Brock established three team passing records (season passing percentage record - .597, game passing percentage - .800, and completions in a single-game - 35). He was also the third rated signal-caller in the NFC that season, behind Joe Montana and Jim McMahon.
Dieter Brock was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
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