Montreal Alouettes

Larry Smith - Running Back - 1972-80 - Bishops

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Larry Smith was President and CEO of the Montreal Alouettes for 12 seasons and is one of the most recognized figures in the Quebec community. The Montreal fans first got to know him as a star fullback from 1972 to 1980, and then as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2001, when he led the Alouettes’ organization through one of the most important periods of the franchise history.

After two years as president and publisher of The Gazette in 2002 and 2003, Smith reassumed the Presidency of the Alouettes in March 2004 until December 2010. His return to the Alouettes allowed him the opportunity to add to his rich football legacy.

His first term as Alouettes’ President followed five years as Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. He has worked tirelessly for professional and amateur football over the last 30 years, playing a key role in reviving the tradition and glory of football in Quebec.
 

Larry Smith         Bishops        
  Rushing           Receiving    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD C Yds Avg Lg TD
1972 Mtl 54 246 4.6 15 3 7 90 12.9 25 0
1973 Mtl 104 422 4.1 21 2 22 196 8.9 20 4
1974 Mtl 48 232 4.8 22 0 29 420 14.5 55 3
1975 Mtl 92 385 4.2 24 0 52 560 10.8 47 5
1976 Mtl 85 312 3.7 21 0 36 268 7.4 40 0
1977 Mtl 9 33 3.7 12 3 28 314 11.2 27 0
1978 Mtl 1 51 51.0 51 0 35 528 15.1 53 3
1979 Mtl 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 21 317 15.1 40 2
1980 Mtl 3 16 5.3 8 0 8 79 9.9 20 1
Total 9 397 1,696 4.3 51 8 238 2,772 11.6 55 18

Larry Smith played nine seasons for the Alouettes and was part of two Grey Cup championship teams in 1974 and 1977. The Alouettes’ first-round selection in the 1972 Canadian college draft, Smith played 140 consecutive regular-season games, along with 13 playoff and five Grey Cup games. He was equally adept at receiving the ball out of the backfield as rushing from his running back position. In his later years he was used primarily as a pass receiver.

He graduated from Bishop’s University in 1972 with a Bachelor’s degree of arts in economics. In 1976, Smith earned his Bachelor of civil law degree from McGill University.

He began his business career during his playing days, working in sales, marketing and human resources. In 1983, Smith joined Industrial Life Technical Services as general manager of the Montreal branch. In 1984, he took over the multi-products division and in 1985 he became senior vice-president of the Central Region. From 1985-92 Smith held several executive positions within John Labatt Ltd..He was president of the frozen bakery division of Ogilvie Mills Ltd. before he became CFL commissioner.
 

 

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