Saskatchewan Roughriders

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.

 

Player

Grey Cup Champion:
1960, 1966
Grey Cup Finalist:
1967, 1969, 1972, 1976
Tom Pate Memorial Award
1977
Schenley Award:
Most Outstanding Player
1970, 1976
Jeff Nicklin Award:
Outstanding Player in the West
1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1976

Coach
Grey Cup Champion 1993, 1999
Grey Cup Finalist 1996, 1998
Annis Stukus Trophy
Coach of the Year 1996, 1998

Special Honours
1982
Inducted into the CDN Football Hall of Fame
1985
Inducted into the CDN Sports Hall of Fame
1985
Inducted into the Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Honour

 

All-Star Recognition

All Canadian All-Star 1970, 1973, 1975, 1976
Western All-Star 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1976

 

- statistics --

 

 

Ron Lancaster   Wittenberg University  
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1960 Ott 201 101 1,843 50.2 16 18 91
1961 Ott 100 49 966 49.0 9 8 63
1962 Ott 98 48 1,016 49.0 9 12 67
1963 Ssk 226 106 1,727 46.9 11 19 86
1964 Ssk 263 144 2,256 54.8 16 13 48
1965 Ssk 305 160 2,586 52.5 17 26 102
1966 Ssk 303 182 2,976 60.1 28 20 80
1967 Ssk 330 169 2,809 51.2 16 24 88
1968 Ssk 358 181 2,969 50.6 12 17 83
1969 Ssk 354 188 3,104 53.1 25 28 83
1970 Ssk 330 175 2,779 53.0 16 22 94
1971 Ssk 375 192 2,759 51.2 16 23 97
1972 Ssk 357 208 2,942 58.3 23 20 74
1973 Ssk 464 263 3,767 56.7 22 27 94
1974 Ssk 395 222 2,873 56.2 20 20 78
1975 Ssk 441 239 3,545 54.2 23 27 85
1976 Ssk 494 297 3,869 60.1 25 25 72
1977 Ssk 449 255 3,072 56.8 14 20 63
1978 Ssk 390 205 2,677 52.6 15 27 73
Total 19 6233 3384 50,535 54.3 333 396 102

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1960 Ott 19 134 7.1 40 0
1961 Ott 17 122 7.2 23 1
1962 Ott 10 76 7.6 22 0
1963 Ssk 34 139 4.1 15 2
1964 Ssk 26 152 5.8 28 3
1965 Ssk 33 84 2.5 20 3
1966 Ssk 29 91 3.1 24 1
1967 Ssk 29 131 4.5 25 2
1968 Ssk 25 197 7.9 24 2
1969 Ssk 22 115 5.2 48 3
1970 Ssk 21 71 3.4 20 2
1971 Ssk 5 0 0.0 2 0
1972 Ssk 7 12 1.7 15 0
1973 Ssk 8 17 2.1 13 1
1974 Ssk 8 15 1.9 12 1
1975 Ssk 14 11 0.8 10 0
1976 Ssk 5 5 1.0 2 2
1977 Ssk 14 48 3.4 9 3
1978 Ssk 10 8 0.8 2 3
Total 19 336 1,428 4.3 48 29