Stu Laird - Defensive Tackle - 1984-96 -
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
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.