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Ron Lancaster was a true legend in Canadian Football. A Hall of Fame player he spent 16 season with Saskatchewan. He led the Roughriders to a Grey Cup Championship in 1966. The Pennsylvania native dubbed the 'Little General' was named the leagues Most Outstanding Player in 1970 and again in 1976. He retired in 1979 as a player and went on to have a Hall of Fame career as a coach with Saskatchewan, Edmonton and Hamilton. Read more about Ron here...


Robo-Kicker was the nickname for Roughrider legend Dave Ridgway. Dave spent his entire 14 year career with Saskatchewan missing only six games over that span. It was his durability that gave him his nickname. He kicked the winning field goal for the Roughriders in their classic 43-40 Grey Cup victory over Hamilton in 1989 with no time on the clock. Dave is a legend in Canadian Football and Saskatchewan Roughrider history, he holds numerous team and league kicking records. In 1993 he connected on an incredible 90.6% of his 53 field goal attempts. Dave retired after the 1995 season with his legacy intact as arguably the greatest place kicker in league history. Read more about the longevity and legacy of Dave Ridgway from an article by Paul Yanko and virtual Saskatchewan here...

 


Donald Narcisse was a fixture at receiver in Saskatchewan for 13 seasons. The sure-handed native of Texas spent his entire career with the Roughriders. He joined Saskatchewan in 1987 after an outstanding college career at Texas Southern University. He eclipsed 1,000 yard receiving in a season 8 times over his career and was model of consistency over some difficult seasons in Saskatchewan. He was named a CFL all-star on 4 occasions. In the Roughriders Grey Cup victory in 1989 he had 5 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. A true legend with his brown glass cutter gloves; Donald will always be remembered as one of the greatest receivers in CFL history. read more about Narcisse here...

 


Charles "Chuck" Klingbeil is remembered by most football fans as a member of the Miami Dolphins defensive line in the mid-1990's. Canadian football fans however, know that Chuck started his professional career in the CFL with Saskatchewan in 1989. Klingbeil captured the defensive player of the game honours in the 'Riders 1989 Grey Cup victory registering two quarterback sacks in the game. He graduated out of Northern Michigan University the same program as Saskatchewan legend Bobby Jurasin. Klingbeil came to Saskatchewan to join his college teammate and the two were a force on the defensive line together until Klingbeil moved on to follow his NFL dreams with Miami. Chuck joined Miami in 1991 and had success with the Dolphins, he credits the CFL for helping him get there. Read more about Chuck here...


The 1997 Roughriders made an improbable run to the Grey Cup game. Just as in 1989 Saskatchewan went in to Calgary and Edmonton and were victorious on the road to advance to the 1997 Grey Cup. Although they could not match the victory of 1989, it was an exhilarating ride for Rider fans across the country. The main catalyst of that drive was the clubs talented quarterback Reggie Slack. Slack was a supremely gifted athlete who could carry a team as well as lead it. Reggie enjoyed an incredible run. His ability to gain yards through the air and on the ground kept opposing defences guessing. While his final two seasons in Saskatchewan in 98' and 99' were not great successes he will always be remembered for leading the charge in 1997. Read more about Reggie here...


The man who led Saskatchewan to the greatest victory in franchises history returned to Regina as head coach in 2007. Kent Austin passed for 474 yards in the Roughriders thrilling 1989 Grey Cup victory. Now in 2007, Austin is back to don the fabled 'S' as the head coach of the revitalized Roughriders. Austin had a distinguished 10 season career in the Canadian Football League. He is one of only four quarterbacks in professional football to pass for 6,000 yards in a season. While he may have left Saskatchewan in 1993 he was always known first as a Saskatchewan Roughrider. Austin assumed the head coaching duties from Danny Barrett.  He brought enthusiasm to the post facing arguably the most passionate fans in the league leading the 'Riders to the franchises 3rd Grey Cup championship in 2007. Re-live the career of Kent Austin as a player and a Saskatchewan Roughrider here...


George Reed pledged allegiance to Canadian Football in 1963. Saskatchewan beat out a competing offer from the Denver Broncos and one of the greatest players in league history would be a force for the next 13 seasons as a result. Reed led the league in rushing 6 times, he was named the Leagues Most Outstanding Player in 1965. Saskatchewan would capture the franchise first Grey Cup in 1966 thanks in large part to the punishing runs of George Reed. The Washington State product was durable and dominant, he retired in 1975 as the leagues all-time leading rusher with 16,116 career yards (since surpassed) and 134 touchdowns. The touchdown mark stands to this day as Reed remains tied with Mike Pringle. Reed was a CFL superstar thanks to a $3,000 investment by Saskatchewan all the way back in 1963 - money well spent for the franchise and the league. Read more from Saskatoon Star Phoenix article here...


 

Bobby Jurasin was the face of the Roughrider defence for 12 seasons. He was a fixture at Defensive End first joining Saskatchewan in 1986 out of Northern Michigan University. Over his 11 seasons he compiled a club record 142 quarterback sacks. He was a CFL All-Star on 4 occasions. He was on the 1989 Grey Cup Championship and also registered a sack in the Riders' appearance in the 1997 Championship game. Jurasin put his all into every snap for Saskatchewan. read more about Bobby here...


Ray Elgaard brought grit, determination and an uncanny ability to catch footballs to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for 14 seasons. Drafted in the 2nd round of the 1983 entry draft the Edmonton native quickly established himself as a homegrown force. Elgaard's abilities grew with the team culminating in a Grey Cup championship in 1989. 3 times the Most Outstanding Canadian in the league, Elgaard epitomized greatness and Roughrider pride. He retired in 1996 with the most yard receiving in league history, while the record has since been eclipsed the legend continues. Find out more about Elgaard here...


Steve Sarkisian broke a number of Steve Young's passing records while at Brigham Young University. From BYU, Sarkisian signed with Saskatchewan in 1997. Steve was a highly touted addition to the club and was looked at as the quarterback of the future for 'Rider fans. Sarkisian played 3 seasons with Saskatchewan but was unable to live up to the expectations. Steve was the clubs starting quarterback in 1999 and passed for 16 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He retired as a player after the '99 season and has moved into coaching. read more about Steve here...


Joey Walters burst on the scene with Saskatchewan in 1978. The Clemson grad caught the final touchdown pass of Ron Lancaster's illustrious CFL career. In 1979 Walters missed 10 games due to injury but accumulated 792 yard receiving in only 6 games. He set club receiving records with 1715 receiving yards in 1981, and 102 catches in 1982. Walters left Saskatchewan prior to the 1983 season over a contract dispute and joined the USFL. Although he only spent 5 seasons with the Riders, Walters had incredible results and will not be forgotten by those who saw him play. Read more about Joey here...


Glen Suitor is the lead color commentator for TSN CFL broadcasts. As a player Glen spent 11 seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Sidney, British Columbia native was the 10th overall selection in the 1984 amateur draft. Glen was a 3 time all Canadian at Safety. He was a Grey Cup champion in 1989, never missed a game and retired with a franchise record 51 interceptions. Suitor has cultivated a great career as a commentator matchng the success he had as a player. Read more about this TV personality as a player here...


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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