Calgary Stampeders

Stu Laird - Defensive Tackle - 1984-96 - Calgary


ProPlayer Bio

Stu Laird was born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. His family relocated to Calgary where he attended Lord Beaverbrook High. He then went on to continue his education at the University of Calgary where he was a five-year starter with the Calgary Dinosaurs from 1978 to 1982; four years at the defensive end position and his last as linebacker.

Lairdís path to a professional football career was not an easy one. Having been overlooked in the 1983 Draft, and not one to back away from any challenge, he tried out for both Saskatchewan and Montreal that same year, with neither team picking him up. In 1984, he again tried out; this time for Calgary and stayed the year on their practice roster. By 1985, his perseverance had paid off. He made the full-time roster of the Stampeders and remained one of their top defensive players until his retirement in 1996.

Along the way, Stu spent countless hours serving his community unselfishly and was a leader in community appearances promoting not only the Stampeder organization, but many charity organizations as well.

Stu earned three nominations as the teamís candidate for the Tom Pate Award; winning it in 1992. In 1991 he was selected as the CFLPA "Man of the Year". His efforts on and off the field were also recognized by the Stampeders in 1988, 1992 and again in 1995 when Stu became the recipient of their prestigious Presidentís Ring, a feat achieved by only 3 players in Stampeder history.

In 1986 he was part of the Stamps CFLPA Outstanding Defensive Line, who to this day retain the record of most Quarterback sacks in a season with 85.

Throughout his football career, Stu became active in the Playersí Association, first serving as a Player Representative and holding several positions on the Executive over a 20 year span. He assumed the role of President of the PA in accordance with the By-Laws of the Association when Dan Ferrone stepped down to enter politics. At the next Annual General Meeting in April, 2001, he was elected to the post and remained president until 2012 when he passed the reigns to ProPlayers president Mike Morreale.


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Stu Laird     Calgary
Yr Team Tkl Sack Fumb TD
1984 Cgy Did Not Play  
1985 Cgy - 2 1 0
1986 Cgy - 9 1 0
1987 Cgy 27 7 1 0
1988 Cgy 54 11 3 0
1989 Cgy 3 0 0 0
1990 Cgy 12 5 1 0
1991 Cgy 34 5 3 0
1992 Cgy 21 6 1 0
1993 Cgy 18 8 1 0
1994 Cgy 26 9 0 0
1995 Cgy 9 5 1 0
1996 Cgy 15 5 0 0
Total 13 219 72 13 0