August 30, 2009

Als legend Sam Etcheverry dies at 79: Sam Etcheverry, the legendary quarterback who led the Montreal Alouettes to three Grey Cup appearances in the 1950s then later coached them to CFL title, has died at the age of 79. One of the most remarkable players in team and Canadian Football League history, Etcheverry quarterbacked the Alouettes from 1952 to 1960, setting virtually every team passing record. He totalled 30,303 yards and 186 touchdowns on 1,969 completions. He threw for 508 yards in the 1955 Grey Cup, setting a record that still stands.

posted by tommytrump to football at 05:59 PM - 4 comments

hi there, thanks for the history, sometime great player go away but their playing style is always here.

posted by saraswat at 08:54 AM on August 31

So who's the No. 1 quarterback in heaven: Sam Etcheverry or Ron Lancaster?

posted by jjzucal at 10:04 AM on August 31

So who's the No. 1 quarterback in heaven: Sam Etcheverry or Ron Lancaster?

That's a good question. I'm pretty sure that Lancaster has better numbers, but he also played a heck of a lot longer I'm thinking. I'm gonna need to take a closer look at the stats and the records to come to a clear position myself. However, in the meantime, R.I.P. Sam! Regardless of historical rank, you were a CFL legend.

posted by Spitztengle at 06:28 PM on August 31

This article/blog puts Sam "The Rifle" Etcheverry into historical context. Remembered as being a rival in popularity to Maurice Richard, it definitely does paint a picture of the popularity and the place of the CFL in (eastern) Canada at the time. Also, a good overview of his "legendary" feats.

Poorly written, but well said.

posted by Spitztengle at 06:06 PM on September 02

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