Dave Dickenson - Quarterback - 2003-07 - Montana
Dave Dickenson had a great career. A star in College with the University of Montana; Dickenson captured the Walter Payton Award in 1995 as the top player in NCAA Divison II football. He was acquired by the Calgary Stampeders in 1996 from the Toronto Argonauts negotiations list for receiver Tyrone Williams.
The Montana native would spend the 1996 season apprenticing behind starter Jeff Garcia. Dickenson would see his first regular season action in 1997 backing up Garcia. Dickenson would make a strong impression in the 1997 Western Semi-Final versus Saskatchewan. While the Stampeders would lose to the Reggie Slack led Roughriders 33-30 it would not be due to any lack of effort from Dickenson who played in place of an injured Garcia. Dickenson proved a quick study at the Canadian game and had an outstanding effort in the losing cause with 292 yards passing and 2 touchdowns.
1998 Dickenson would again back-up Garcia and the year was capped with a Grey Cup victory over Hamilton in Winnipeg on a thrilling last second field goal by Mark McLoughlin to clinch the championship.
In 1999, the Stampeders were Dickensonís team with Garcia having moved on to San Francisco and the NFL. Dickenson put up big numbers leading Calgary back to the Big game. Calgary would lose the 1999 Grey Cup to Hamilton. In 2000 Dave had a terrific season with 36 touchdowns against only 6 interceptions, he was named the Leagueís Most Outstanding Player. Following the season Dave joined the San Diego Chargers to give the NFL a try. Despite strong showings in the preseason over 2 seasons he never saw regular season action and he returned to the CFL with the B.C. Lions where he would enjoy his greatest success.
In 2003, Dave put up huge numbers, he captured his second Most Outstanding Player Award but the Lions would lose in the playoffs to
the Toronto Argonauts in a cross over game. Injuries would start to take their toll on Dickenson and with that concussions started to become an issue. Dave suffered a serious injury in 2004 and was replaced by Casey Printers for the majority of the season. Printers starred in place of Dickenson with an MOP season of his own but when B.C. advanced to the Grey Cup versus Toronto coach Wally Buono turned to Dickenson to start the game a controversial decision. The Lions would be defeated by Toronto and again Dickenson would come up short as a starter in the Grey Cup.
In 2006, the Lions would have a dream season and the year would be capped with a decisive Grey Cup victory over Montreal with Dickenson leading the charge. It would be the greatest moment of his playing career leading a strong team to the championship. Concussion issues again limited Dave in his final season in B.C.
In 2007 and his last season as a pro Dave returned to where he started his CFL career, Calgary. Backing up Henry Burris, Dickenson saw limited action and sustained a further concussion that ended his career. Dave Dickenson was a great CFL quarterback he played a thinking manís game and had a great career. He retired with an incredible 154/50 touchdown to interception ratio. He continues to coach in the league.
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