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Ron Lancaster #23

Wittenberg University - 1963-78 - Quarterback

1979-80 - Coach

 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.


George Reed -  Washington State - 1963-75 - Running Back

Hugh Campbell - Washington State - 1963-67, 1969 Wide Receiver

Ed Buchanen - San Diego - 1963-67 - Running Back

Al Ford - Pacific - 1965-76 - Receiver/Punter


Ed McQuarters #61

University of Oklahoma - 1966-74 - Defensive End

After being released by the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals in 1965 the powerful Ed McQuarters signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He promptly led the teams defence and brought the city it's first Grey Cup in the franchises history. A 3-time All-Star and a Hall of Famer Ed McQuarters brought instant credibility to the Roughriders defence.


Tom Campana - Ohio State - 1972-77 - Wingback

Steve Mazurak - Regina - 1973-80 - Receiver

Ted Provost - Ohio State - 1973-77 - Safety

Randy Mattingly - Evansville - 1974-75 - Quarterback

Bob Richardson - Iowa State - 1975-78 - Tight End


Roger Aldag #44

Regina - 1976-92 - Offensive Line

Roger Aldag was the heart and soul of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for 17 seasons. An anchor on the offensive line the Saskatchewan native is a legend in the province. From the University of Regina to team captain for the memorable 1989 Grey Cup victory, Aldag epitomizes Roughrider football.


Joey Walters - Clemson - 1978-1979-82- Receiver

Bob Poley - Regina - 1978-83, 88-92

John Hufnagel - Penn State - 1980-83, 87


Dave Ridgway - University of Toledo - 1982-95 - Kicker

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 tim 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.


Joe '747' Adams - Tennessee State - 1982-83 - Quarterback

Ray Elgaard - University of Utah - 1983-96 - Slotback


Glen Suitor #27

Simon Fraser - 1984-94 -Defensive Back

 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 matching the success he had as a player.


Bobby Jurasin - Northern Michigan - 1986-97 - Defensive End

Kent Austin - Mississippi - 1987-93 - Quarterback

Tom Burgess - Colgate - 1987-89, 94-95 - Quarterback


Donald Narcisse #80

Texas Southern - 1987-99 - Wide Receiver

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 a model of consistency over some difficult years 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; he will always be remembered as one of the best receivers in CFL history.


Jeff Fairholm - Arizona - 1988-93 - Slotback

Chuck Klingbeil - Northern Michigan - 1989-90 - Defensive Tackle

Dan Farthing - Saskatchewan - 1991-01 - Receiver


Mike Saunders #32

Iowa - 1992-94, 97-99 - Running Back

The mid to late 1990's were a dark time for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Poor on-field results tested the devoted fan-base. Amidst this mediocrity a running back from Iowa posted some incredible totals and brought pride to Gang Green. That running back was Mike Saunders and he had a great career as a Saskatchewan Roughrider.


Gene Makowsky - Saskatchewan - 1995-11 - Offensive Line

Robert Mimbs - Kansas - 1990-92 - Running Back

Reggie Slack - Auburn - 1997-99 - Quarterback

Steve Sarkisian - Brigham Young - 1997-99 - Quarterback


Scott Schultz #96

North Dakota - 2001-2009 - Defensive Tackle

One of the most outspoken and popular players in club history, Scott Schultz spent 8.5 terrific seasons anchoring the defensive line of the Roughriders. A first overall selection out of North Dakota in 2001, the native of Moose Jaw reached the pinnacle helping the club capture it's 3rd championship winning the Grey Cup in 2007.


Eddie Davis - Northern Illinois - 2001-09 - Defensive Back


Nealon Greene #15

Clemson - 2002-05 - Quarterback

Nealon Greene was an athletic quarterback out of Clemson who led the Roughrider offence for 3 full seasons. A gifted runner he suffered a season ending injury early in the 2004. Over his stay he would be a productive pivot who would help the franchise turn the corner to be consistently competitive. His finest season as a pro was 2003 with Saskatchewan.


Kenton Keith - New Mexico State - 2003-06 - Running Back

Corey Grant - Wilfrid Laurier University - 2003-08 - Receiver

Matt Dominquez - Sam Houston State - 2003-08 - Receiver


Wes Cates #20

California - 2007-11 - Running Back

Wes Cates arrived in Saskatchewan in 2007 in a trade with the Calgary Stampeders for Offensive Lineman Rob Lazeo. The trade would provide the Roughriders with an instant offensive threat. Cates would go on to surpass the 1,000 rushing plateau in 2008 and 2010. He would lead the league in combined rushing and receiving yardage in 2008 on his way to being named a league all-star. He would capture the Grey Cup with Saskatchewan in 2007 as a key part of the offence in addition to Grey Cup appearances in 2009 and 2010.


Kory Sheets - Purdue - 2012-13 - Running Back

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High Season: 37,503 (2013)

Low Season: 18,936 (1986)

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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.


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. In 2007, Austin returned to don the fabled 'S' as head coach and led the Roughriders to a Grey Cup championship as head coach. 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.


Following in the large footsteps of Roger Aldag, Gene Makowsky spent 17 seasons as the heart and soul of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Offensive Line. Arriving to the Roughriders in 1995 Makowsy, a Saskatchewan native, retired as the clubs all-time leader in games played - breaking Roger Aldag's record in his final season in 2011. Makowsky's career was highlighted by the Roughriders 2007 Grey Cup victory, one of four trips he would make to the big game.

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