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Henry Burris #1

Temple - 2014-16 - Quarterback

When the Ottaw Redblacks joined the CFL in 2014 they knew they needed to establish a strong foundation and base to build and rebuild the brand in the Nation's Capital. When Henry Burris was released by the Hamilton Tiger Cats they knew he was the man to lead the re-birth. The Temple product proved to be the perfect fits after a difficult first season the team made tremendous strides in 2015 with Burris leading the charge capturing his 2nd Most Outstanding Player Award. The Redblacks would lose to Edmonton in the Grey Cup but return to the championship game in 2016 again under the leadership of Burris. Against the heavily favoured Calgary Stampeders, Burris would turn in one final outstanding performance to cap his career as a Grey Cup championship capping three incredible years in Ottawa. 


Kerry Joseph - McNeese State - 2003-05 - Quarterback


Josh Ranek #30

South Dakota State - 2002-05 - Running Back

The most successful player to spend all 4 seasons of the Renegades existence in Ottawa was running back Josh Ranek. The stocky back dubbed the 'little ball of hate' by the media established himself midway through the inaugural 2000 season after injuries to running back Darren Davis and never looked back. He would team with Kerry Joseph in 2003-05 as one of the most potent quarterback/running back tandems in the league. With the Renegades folding in 2006, Ranek moved on to stops in Hamilton and Saskatchewan before retiring in 2007, his finest seasons spent in the nation's capital.


Lawrence Tynes - Troy - 2002-03 - Kicker

David Archer - Iowa State - 1996 - Quarterback

Mike Schad - Queens - 1995 - Offensive Lines

Rohan Marley - University of Miami - 1994 - Linebacker

Dexter Manley - Oklahoma State - 1993 - Defensive End

Angelo Snipes - West Georgia - 1991-93 - Defensive End

Glen Kulka - Bakersfield J.C. - 1990-94 - Defensive End

Stephen Jones - Central Michigan - 1990-94 - Receiver

Reggie Barnes - Delaware State - 1990-93, 96 - Running Back


Damon Allen #9

Cal State Fullerton - 1989-91 - Quarterback

After a successful relief appearance in the 1987 Grey Cup with Edmonton and fulfilling his contract in 1988 as a back-up with the Eskimos Damon Allen signed with the Ottawa Roughriders to become a starting quarterback and rejuvenate the franchise. Allen's tenure in Ottawa was tumultuous. While he posted arguably the greatest statistical seasons of his career Allen's stay was not without it's controversy.


Ken Hobart - University of Idaho - 1989-90 - Quarterback

Orville Lee - Simon Fraser - 1988-90 - Running Back

Art Schlichter - Ohio State - 1988 - Quarterback

Prince McJunkins - Wichita State - 1983-84 - Quarterback


Skip Walker #33

Texas A&M - 1982-84 - Running Back

Skip Walker arrived in Ottawa in 1982 from Montreal and rattled off 2 of the most impressive seasons at Running Bank in team history. He would total 18 touchdowns in 1982 and 11 in 1983. In 1983, he led the league in rushing with 1,432 yards. A speed back he posted great totals in his all too brief stay in Ottawa.


Rudy Phillips - North Texas - 1981-84 - Offensive Line

J.C. Watts #6

Oklahoma - 1981, 83-86 - Quarterback

n the last Grey Cup game the Ottawa Rough Riders ever participated in they were led by a rookie quarterback from Oklahoma who guided the team to a 20-1 halftime lead. The quarterback was J.C.Watts. Although Ottawa would go on to lose that Grey Cup in 1981 26-23 to Edmonton the memories of that game and J.C. live on for Rough Rider fans. Watts was an intelligent, athletic pivot who kept fans excited and his team competitive over his 4-1/2 years as the Rough Rider quarterback.


Greg Marshall - Oregon State - 1980-88 - Defensive End


Tom Clements # 2

Notre Dame - 1975-78 - Quarterback

Tom Clements spent his first 4 seasons in the CFL with Ottawa. Recruited from Notre Dame where he played under the legendary Ara Parsegian Clements made an immediate impact with Ottawa as their starting quarterback in 1975 capturing the leagues outstanding rookie award. Clements topped those exploits in his second year with Ottawa leading the team to a Grey Cup championship over Saskatchewan in a classic Grey Cup. He left Ottawa after the 1978 season but fans will always remember his last second touchdown pass to Tony Gabriel that clinched the '76 Grey Cup.


Condredge Holloway - University of Tennessee - 1975-80 - Quarterback


Tony Gabriel #77

Syracuse - 1974-81 - Tight End

Tony Gabriel was the face of the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 1970's. A four time Most Outstanding Canadian and 1978 Most Outstanding Player Gabriel joined Ottawa from Hamilton in 1975. The Syracuse product was a dominant force in the tight end era of the Canadian Football League. The Burlington native was at the centre of the most defining moment in Ottawa Rough Rider history; simply "The Catch".


Art Green - Albany State - 1973-76, 78 - Running Back

Mark Kosmos - Oklahoma - 1973-77 - Linebacker

Rick Cassata - Syracuse - 1971-74 - Quarterback


Gerry Organ #71

Guelph - 1971-77, 79-83 - Kicker/Punter

Gerry Organ had a long and successful career as an Ottawa Rough Rider. The native of Cheltenham, England came to Canada as a child and gained notoriety as a football player at the University of Guelph. Joining the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1971, Organ would become one of the longest serving and most recognizable players in franchise history.


Jerry Campbell - Univeristy of Idaho - 1968-75 - Linebacker

Bob O'Billovich - Montana - 1963-67 - Defensive Back

Whit Tucker - Western - 1961-70 - Receiver

Ron Stewart - Queens - 1958-70 - Running Back

Dave Thelen - Miami (OH) - 1958-64 - Running Back


Russ Jackson #12

McMaster - 1958-69 - Quarterback

The most recognizable Ottawa Rough Rider of all time is Russ Jackson. In addition Jackson is the most successful Canadian born player in league history. Jackson graduated from McMaster in 1958 and spent his entire 11 year career with the Rough Riders capturing 3 Grey Cup titles and leaving the field of play as a champion leading Ottawa to the 1969 Grey Cup.


Gary Schreider - Queens - 1954-61,63-64 - Kicker/Fullback






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Capacity (24,295)

High Season: 28,082 (1975)

Low Season: 16,847 (1996)

2017 Avg: 24,523


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There were not many star players in the last years of the Ottawa Rough Riders but one name who did hold a special place was running back Reggie Barnes. The Pennsylvania native joined Ottawa as a free agent in 1990 and proceeded to rush for 1,260 yards and 5 touchdowns on his way to being named Outstanding Rookie in the league that year. Barnes proved his rookie season was no fluke posting an incredible 1,486 yards rushing in 1991 and 10 rushing touchdowns it would be his finest season as Ottawa finished 9-9 that year. Barnes also played with Shreveport, Hamilton and Toronto but ended his career in 1996 with Ottawa the last season for the Rough Riders. A fitting end for one of the last crowd favourites as a  Rough Rider.


Greg Marshall has made a name for himself as one of the most respected Defensive Coordinators in the Canadian Football League. Marshall had an outstanding 9 season career with the Ottawa Rough Riders as a Defensive End. A Massachusetts native Greg Marshall was a 7th round pick of the Baltimore Colts in 1978. Greg arrived in Ottawa in 1980 and made a named for himself patrolling the defensive line in the Nation's capital. In 1983, with 15.5 sacks Greg was named the leagues top defensive player. He followed that up with a career high 16.5 sacks in 1984. A four time Eastern All-Star the mustached Marshall has now gone on to mentor future defensive greats for a number of CFL teams.


Art Green was an incredibly productive player for the Rough Riders over 5 seasons with the club. As a running back he led the Eastern Division in rushing in 1975 and 1976. A key offensive weapon in the Rough Riders 1976 Grey Cup championship after 1 season in the NFL Green returned for 1 final year with Ottawa in 1978


Ron Stewart had one of the greatest careers as a Canadian in the CFL. The Queen's grad won 3 Grey Cups with Ottawa and was a 2-time Most Outstanding Canadian. A terrific running back he eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in 1960 when he added 15 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving. He holds a major place in Rough Riders history.


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