Calgary Stampeders

Jerry Keeling - Quarterback - 1961-72 - University of Tulsa

 

Jerry Keeling was truly a team player. A quarterback with Tulsa and a member of that school’s hall of fame, when he arrived in the Canadian Football League with Calgary in 1961 he was asked to play defensive back – in addition to spot duty at quarterback. Keeling, dutifully obliged and was a solid contributor on defense.

 

For 7 season Keeling would contribute on defense and see limited action at quarterback. In 1966 backing up for Peter Liske he threw for 677 yards including a 109 yard touchdown pass. When Liske moved on to the NFL, Keeling at last assumed the starting quarterbacking duties in 1969. He passed for 3,179 yards and 20 touchdowns and added 6 rushing touchdowns. His patience had paid off.

 

1971 was a terrific season for Calgary with Keeling at the controls. The team was led by a strong defence but Keeling delivered solid quarterbacking as the team advanced to the Grey Cup. Against the heavily favored Toronto Argonauts, Keeling and

the Stampeders surprised everyone to upset Toronto. 

 

It would be Calgary’s 2nd Grey Cup championship. Keeling would stick with Calgary for 1972 and seve up 27 interceptions to go with 18 touchdowns. In 1973 Keeling moved East to Ottawa as Peter Liske returned to Calgary taking over top spot.

 

With Ottawa Keeling was solid providing a veteran presence. He split duties with Rick Cassata as Ottawa won the 1974 Grey Cup under Cassata. 1975 would be Keeling’s final season in professional football as he was dealt to Hamilton midway through the ’75 season. He posted strong totals as a Tiger Cat and retired at the end of the 1975 season.

 

Jerry Keeling paid his dues and had his opportunity to play quarterback full time arrive 9 years into his career. He would spend 15 seasons in the league and win 2 Grey Cups.

 

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Jerry Keeling     Tulsa      
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1961 Cgy 74 33 399 44.6 3 3 36
1962 Cgy 79 32 498 40.5 1 9 64
1963 Cgy 41 25 486 61.0 6 0 68
1964 Cgy 36 18 357 50.0 4 2 45
1965 Cgy 105 48 581 45.7 4 5 23
1966 Cgy 87 38 677 43.7 5 13 109
1967 Cgy 2 0 0 0.0 0 1 0
1968 Cgy 55 33 387 60.0 2 1 42
1969 Cgy 411 229 3,179 55.7 20 28 70
1970 Cgy 327 161 2,247 49.2 18 21 59
1971 Cgy 279 163 2,038 58.4 8 17 58
1972 Cgy 292 157 2,451 53.8 18 27 73
1973 Ott 165 86 1,175 52.1 11 4 89
1974 Ott 250 130 1,831 52.0 7 14 68
1975 Ott 11 4 82 36.4 0 1 32
  Ham 263 145 1,851 55.1 12 12 81
Total 15 2477 1302 18,239 52.6 119 158 109

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1961 Cgy 17 116 6.8 14 1
1962 Cgy 32 211 6.6 39 3
1963 Cgy 16 88 5.5 19 1
1964 Cgy 17 124 7.3 32 1
1965 Cgy 23 95 4.1 20 4
1966 Cgy 8 34 4.3 29 5
1967 Cgy   0   0 0
1968 Cgy 8 41 5.1 11 1
1969 Cgy 36 157 4.4 25 6
1970 Cgy 19 155 8.2 52 1
1971 Cgy 18 33 1.8 13 2
1972 Cgy 29 136 4.7 18 1
1973 Ott 11 101 9.2 46 0
1974 Ott 21 30 1.4 10 0
1975 Ott 0 0   0 0
  Ham 37 72 1.9 18 1
Total 15 292 1,393 4.8 52 27