Ron Lancaster - Quarterback - Saskatchewan Roughriders - 1963-1978
Ron started his professional playing career with Ottawa and won the Grey Cup in his rookie season in 1960. He spent two more seasons with Ottawa, sharing the quarterback role with another Hall of Famer, Russ Jackson. Then Lancaster went to Saskatchewan where the Roughriders won 170 games with Ron at quarterback before he retired after 19 seasons as a player.
courtesy: 1995 - Grey Cup Program - Great Moments in Football
On November 26, 1966, two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the CFL square of against one another at Vancouver's Empire Stadium. This Grey Cup is in direct contrast to the 1960 Grey Cup when Ron Lancaster and Russ Jackson were teammates as the Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 16-6. Ottawa then traded Lancaster to Saskatchewan in 1963 for $500 and a provision that the Green Riders would never trade him back to an Eastern Division club. The going is tough as Ottawa and Saskatchewan finish the first half of the 1966 Grey Cup tied 14-14. However, Lancaster throws to Hugh Campbell for one touchdown and George Reed motors 31 yards for another in the fourth quarter as Saskatchewan wins its first Grey Cup 29-14. Lancaster, a runner up to Jackson for the Schenley Award as Most Outstanding Player, completes 10 of 20 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson, who would finish his standout career in 1969 with 3 Grey Cup wins, finishes the game with 6 completions on 15 passes for 195 yards and 2 Tds.
Lancaster won the League's Most Outstanding Player award in 1970 and '76.
Ron Lancaster completed his CFL career in 1979 with 3,384 pass completions in 6,233 attempts, and 333 touchdown passes. He is third on the league's career list with 50,535 yards passing. Ron won the Schenley Award as most outstanding player in 1970 and 1976 and was a finalist for the award in 1966. He was an All-Canadian in 1970, 1973, 1975 and 1976 and a Western all-star in 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1975 and 1976. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Ron Lancaster became the 17th head coach in Hamilton Tiger-Cat history on November 26, 1997. He also served as the team's director of football operations after spending over a season as the clubs General Manager.
Lancaster was selected the CFL's coach of the year for 1998. It was the second time he has received the award, which he won previously in 1996 with the Edmonton Eskimos.
From 1991 to 1997, Lancaster was the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos during which time he compiled an 83-43 win-loss regular-season record. The Eskimos played in the Western final six times in Lancaster's seven seasons in Edmonton and were the Grey Cup Champions in 1993.
Grey Cup Champion:
All Canadian All-Star
1970, 1973, 1975, 1976
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