British Columbia Lions

Dave Dickenson - Quarterback - 2003-07 - Montana

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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 with Calgary. 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.

 

1997-00, 08

   

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Dave Dickenson       Montana  
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1997 Cgy 49 36 407 73.5 2 1 31
1998 Cgy 113 79 1,170 69.9 10 4 89
1999 Cgy 343 219 3,048 63.8 16 10 76
2000 Cgy 493 317 4,636 64.3 36 6 71
2001   Played in NFL          
2002   Played in NFL          
2003 BC 549 370 5,496 67.4 36 12 103
2004 BC 98 62 967 63.3 8 2 68
2005 BC 342 253 3,338 74.0 21 5 83
2006 BC 338 238 3,032 70.4 22 7 92
2007 BC 87 56 740 64.4 3 3 51
2008 Cgy 9 5 79 55.6 0 0 39
Total 10 2421 1635 22,913 67.5 154 50 103

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1997 Cgy 4 11 2.8 5 3
1998 Cgy 15 66 4.4 24 3
1999 Cgy 30 236 7.9 25 1
2000 Cgy 56 309 5.5 36 5
2001   Played in NFL    
2002   Played in NFL    
2003 BC 44 311 7.1 21 2
2004 BC 12 78 6.5 18 0
2005 BC 49 299 6.1 24 3
2006 BC 32 195 6.1 15 0
2007 BC 9 44 4.9 13 0
2008 Cgy 2 11 5.5 7 0
Total 10 253 1,560 6.2 36 17