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Sam "The Rifle" Etcheverry (May 20, 1930 – August 29, 2009) was a professional American and Canadian football player and head coach. Etcheverry played the quarterback position, most famously with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, and was named Canadian football's Most Outstanding Player in 1954. Etcheverry's jersey #92 is one of seven retired by the Alouettes.[1] Etcheverry is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and in 2006, was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#26) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.[2]

Contents

1 College career 2 Professional football career 3 Coaching career 4 Awards and honours 5 Death 6 References

College career[edit] Etcheverry was the son of Basque sheep farmers who emigrated to New Mexico.[3] Known as "The Rifle", Etcheverry played for the University of Denver from 1949 to 1951 where he still holds most of the Pioneers' football records for passing offense. Professional football career[edit] In 1952, Etcheverry joined the Montreal Alouettes of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (which became part of the Canadian Football League in 1958 and was renamed the Eastern Football Conference in 1960). As his team's quarterback, he was twice voted "Most Outstanding Player" of the eastern union and was named an eastern all-star six times (1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960). In 1954, Etcheverry was awarded the Schenley Award (most outstanding player in the Canadian Rugby Union). Etcheverry set a single-game passing record of 586 yards in 1954 that stood for 39 years until the 1993 CFL season. He also set a season passing record in 1954 of 3,610 yards that was not only a CFL record but also eclipsed the NFL record set in the 1947 NFL season by Pro Football Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins. He led the CFL in passing from 1954 to 1959. In 1956, he became the first professional quarterback to pass for over 4,000 yards; his record of 4,723 passing yards would stand until 1981 when it was passed by Dieter Brock and Dan Fouts. Etcheverry still holds the record for most passing yards in a Grey Cup game with 508 set in a loss to the Edmonton Eskimos in the 1955 game. A sports icon in the city of Montreal, when Etcheverry and star receiver Hal Patterson were traded to the last-place Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1960, it caused an enormous public outcry and led to Etcheverry leaving the Canadian Football League and signing with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League, playing for St. Louis during 1961–62. Coaching career[edit] Etcheverry returned to Canada in 1964 as the head coach of the Quebec Rifles of the United Football League.[4] The league folded at the end of the season and Etcheverry remained out of coaching until 1967 when he became an assistant at Loyola College in Montreal.[5] On December 9, 1969, Etcheverry was hired to coach the Alouettes.[6] In his first season, he led the Als to victory in the 58th Grey Cup championship game. He resigned at the end of the 1972 CFL season.[7] His overall record is 14–24–1. In 1982, he became the general manager and president of the Montreal Concordes. Etcheverry was fired shortly before the start of the 1983 season and head coach Joe Galat replaced him as general manager.[8] Following the demise of the Concordes, Etcheverry joined a group interested in bringing an NFL franchise to Montreal.[9] He was one of the group's representatives at the 1988 NFL owners meeting.[10] Awards and honours[edit] Etcheverry was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1969 and was an inaugural inductee into the University of Denver Athletics Hall of Fame upon its formation in 1996. In November, 2006, Etcheverry was chosen 26th amongst the CFL's 50 Greatest Players in a TSN poll.[2] Death[edit] Etcheverry died of cancer in Montreal on August 29, 2009.[3] References[edit]

^ "Pringle's No. 27 retired by Als". CBC.ca. 2005-07-02. Retrieved 2007-08-02.  ^ a b "TSN Top 50 CFL Players". TSN.ca. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2007-08-02.  ^ a b "Canadian Press obituary".  ^ "Spokane Daily Chronicle - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.  ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=YTUOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=s38DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3218,1297232&dq= ^ "Spokane Daily Chronicle - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.  ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.  ^ "Ellensburg Daily Record - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.  ^ "Etcheverry joins group seeking NFL franchise for Montreal". February 11, 1988.  ^ Goyens, Chrys (January 17, 1989). "Montreal a step closer to NFL?". 

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Montreal Alouettes

Founded in 1946 Based in Montreal, Quebec

Franchise

Franchise Records Players Seasons Head coaches Starting quarterbacks

Stadiums

Molson Stadium Olympic Stadium Delorimier Stadium Autostade

Lineage and Lore

Montreal Football Club Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers Montreal Indians Montreal Cubs Montreal Royales Labour Day Classic Thanksgiving Day Classic Baltimore Stallions The Ice Bowl

Important figures

Junior Ah You Peter Dalla Riva George Dixon Sam Etcheverry Terry Evanshen Gene Gaines Dickie Harris John O'Quinn Tony Pajaczkowski "Prince" Hal Patterson Herb Trawick Pierre Vercheval Virgil Wagner Dan Yochum Mike Pringle Anthony Calvillo Ben Cahoon

Retired numbers

13 27 28 56 63 74 75 77 78 86 92

Key personnel

Owner: Bob Wetenhall General Manager: Kavis Reed Head Coach: Mike Sherman

Grey Cup Championships (7)

1949 1970 1974 1977 2002 2009 2010

Eastern Division Championships (18)

1949 1954 1955 1956 1970 1974 1975 1977 1978 1979 2000 2002 2003 2005 2006 2008 2009 2010

Current league affiliations

League: Canadian Football League Division: East

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Montreal Alouettes starting quarterbacks

Coulter Filchock Ratterman Etcheverry Allard Thompkins Stephens Marriott Rabb Bork Cole Faloney Williams Wade Chasey Jones Barnes Dattilio Ferragamo Johnson Alatorre Tousignant Evans Rogan Reeves Starkey Gill Ransom Lewis Ham Kemp Graves Calvillo Jackson Gonzalez Barnette Lytle White Brady Maas McPherson Leak Marsh Neiswander Smith Brink Crompton Cato Glenn Bridge Adams Durant Willy Shiltz

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Chicago / St. Louis / Phoenix / Arizona Cardinals starting quarterbacks

Paddy Driscoll (1920–1925) Arnold Horween (1922–1924) Hal Erickson (1926–1928) Roddy Lamb (1927) Don Hill (1929) Bunny Belden (1930) Walt Holmer (1931–1932) Joe Lillard (1933) Phil Sarboe (1934–1935) Pug Vaughan (1936) Pat Coffee (1937) Jack Robbins (1938–1939) Hugh McCullough (1940) Ray Mallouf (1941) Bud Schwenk (1942) Ronnie Cahill (1943) John Grigas (1944) Vince Oliver (1945) Paul Collins (1945) Paul Christman (1945–1949) Ray Mallouf (1948) Virgil Eikenberg (1948) Jim Hardy (1949–1951) Frank Tripucka (1950–1952) Charley Trippi (1951–1952) Don Panciera (1952) Jim Root (1953, 1956) Steve Romanik (1953–1954) Ray Nagel (1953) Lamar McHan (1954–1958) Ogden Compton (1955) Mack Reynolds (1958) King Hill (1959–1960) John Roach (1959–1960) George Izo (1960) Sam Etcheverry (1961–1962) Ralph Guglielmi (1961) Charley Johnson (1962–1966, 1968–1969) Buddy Humphrey (1965) Terry Nofsinger (1966) Jim Hart (1967–1981, 1983) Gary Keithley (1973) Pete Beathard (1971) Tim Van Galder (1972) Gary Cuozzo (1972) Steve Pisarkiewicz (1978–1979) Mike Loyd (1980) Neil Lomax (1981–1988) Cliff Stoudt (1986, 1988) Shawn Halloran (1987) Sammy Garza (1987) Gary Hogeboom (1989) Tom Tupa (1989, 1991) Timm Rosenbach (1989–1990, 1992) Stan Gelbaugh (1991) Chris Chandler (1991–1993) Steve Beuerlein (1993–1994) Jay Schroeder (1994) Jim McMahon (1994) Dave Krieg (1995) Boomer Esiason (1996) Kent Graham (1996–1997) Jake Plummer (1997–2002) Stoney Case (1997) Dave Brown (1999–2000) Jeff Blake (2003) Josh McCown (2003–2005) Shaun King (2004) John Navarre (2004) Kurt Warner (2005–2009) Matt Leinart (2006–2007, 2009) Derek Anderson (2010) John Skelton (2010–2012) Max Hall (2010) Kevin Kolb (2011–2012) Ryan Lindley (2012, 2014) Brian Hoyer (2012) Carson Palmer (2013–2017) Drew Stanton (2014, 2016–present) Blaine Gabbert (2017)

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Montreal Alouettes head coaches

Lew Hayman (1946–1951) Peahead Walker (1952–1959) Perry Moss (1960–1962) Jim Trimble (1963–1965) Darrell Mudra (1966) Kay Dalton (1967–1969) Sam Etcheverry (1970–1972) Marv Levy (1973–1977) Joe Scannella (1978–1981) Jim Eddy (1981) Joe Galat (1982–1984) Gary Durchik (1985–1986) Joe Faragalli (1987) Bob Price (1996) Dave Ritchie (1997–1998) Charlie Taaffe (1999–2000) Rod Rust (2001) Jim Popp (2001) Don Matthews (2002–2006) Jim Popp (2006–2007) Marc Trestman (2008–2012) Dan Hawkins (2013) Jim Popp (2013) Tom Higgins (2014–2015) Jim Popp (2015–2016) Jacques Chapdelaine (2016–2017) Kavis Reed (2017) Mike Sherman (2017– )

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Montreal Alouettes team presidents

Léo Dandurand (1946–1957) Ted Workman (1957–1967) Joe Atwell (1967–1969) Sam Berger (1969–1976) David Berger (1976–1979) Sam Berger (1979–1981) Rene Forte (1981–1982) George Allen (1982) Sam Etcheverry (1982–1983) None (1983–1986) Norm Kimball (1986–1987) No team (1987–1995) Jim Speros (1996–1997) Larry Smith (1997–2001) Skip Prince (2001–2003) Larry Smith (2003–2013) Mark Weightman (2013– )

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Montreal Alouettes general managers

Lew Hayman (1946–1954) Vic Obeck (1955–1956) Gorman Kennedy (1957–1959) Perry Moss (1960–1962) Jim Trimble (1963–1964) Ted Workman (1965) Red O'Quinn (1966–1967) Tony Golab (1968–1969) J. I. Albrecht (1970–1973) Bob Geary (1974–1981) Sam Etcheverry (1982) Joe Galat (1983–1986) No team (1987–1995) Jim Popp (1996–2016) Kavis Reed (2016–present)

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Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy - MVP in the IRFU or CFL Eastern Conference (prior to 1973)

Before re-purposing in 1973 the trophy was awarded to the player who best exemplified skill, sportsmanship, and courage in the IRFU or the CFL East

1928: Cox 1929: Wilson 1930: Turville 1931: Perry 1932: Denman 1933: Welch 1934: Box 1935: Eliowitz 1936: Morrison 1937: Morris 1938: Cutler 1939: Davies 1940: Tommy 1941: Golab 1942-44: no award - World War II 1945: Fraser 1946: Krol 1947: Wagner 1948: Chipper 1949: Copeland 1950: Loney 1951: Cummings 1952: Mazza 1953: Cunningham 1954: Etcheverry 1955: Stone 1956: Patterson 1957: Shatto 1958: Etcheverry 1959: Jackson 1960: Stewart 1961: Oliver 1962: Dixon 1963: Henley 1964: Shatto 1965: Faloney 1966: Gaines 1967: Stewart 1968: Fairholm 1969: Jackson 1970: Symons 1971: Profit 1972: Henley

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Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Player Award

1953: Vessels 1954: Etcheverry 1955: Abbruzzi 1956: Patterson 1957: Parker 1958: Parker 1959: Bright 1960: Parker 1961: Faloney 1962: Dixon 1963: Jackson 1964: Coleman 1965: Reed 1966: Jackson 1967: Liske 1968: Symons 1969: Jackson 1970: Lancaster 1971: Jonas 1972: Henley 1973: McGowan 1974: Wilkinson 1975: Burden 1976: Lancaster 1977: Edwards 1978: Gabriel 1979: Green 1980: Brock 1981: Brock 1982: Holloway 1983: Moon 1984: Reaves 1985: Fernandez 1986: Murphy 1987: Clements 1988: Williams 1989: Ham 1990: Clemons 1991: Flutie 1992: Flutie 1993: Flutie 1994: Flutie 1995: Pringle 1996: Flutie 1997: Flutie 1998: Pringle 1999: McManus 2000: Dickenson 2001: Jones 2002: Stegall 2003: Calvillo 2004: Printers 2005: Allen 2006: Simon 2007: Joseph 2008: Calvillo 2009: Calvillo 2010: Burris 2011: Lulay 2012: Owens 2013: Cornish 2014: Elimimian 2015: Burris 2016: Mitchell 2017: Reilly

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CFL season passing yardage leaders

1950: Berry 1951: Jacobs 1952: Jacobs 1953: Jacobs 1954: Etcheverry 1955: Etcheverry 1956: Etcheverry 1957: Etcheverry 1958: Etcheverry 1959: Etcheverry 1960: Rote 1961: Rote 1962: Kapp 1963: Day 1964: Kapp 1965: Kapp 1966: Lancaster 1967: Liske 1968: Liske 1969: Jackson 1970: Lancaster 1971: Jonas 1972: Jonas 1973: Lancaster 1974: Liske 1975: Lancaster 1976: Lancaster 1977: Lancaster 1978: Brock 1979: Clements 1980: Brock 1981: Brock 1982: Moon 1983: Moon 1984: Brock 1985: Dewalt 1986: Johnson 1987: Clements 1988: Renfroe 1989: Dunigan 1990: Austin 1991: Flutie 1992: Austin 1993: Flutie 1994: Flutie 1995: Dunigan 1996: Flutie 1997: Flutie 1998: Bell 1999: McManus 2000: Allen 2001: Jones 2002: Jones 2003: Calvillo 2004: Calvillo 2005: Calvillo 2006: Ray 2007: Glenn 2008: Ray 2009: Ray 2010: Durant 2011: Calvillo 2012: Burris 2013: Burris 2014: Ray 2015: Burris 2016: Reilly 2017: Reilly

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CFL season passing touchdowns leaders

1954: Etcheverry 1955: Etcheverry & Dublinski 1956: Etcheverry 1957: Etcheverry 1958: Tripucka 1959: Van Pelt 1960: Rote 1961: Faloney 1962: Kapp 1963: Kapp 1964: Jackson 1965: Jackson 1966: Lancaster 1967: Liske 1968: Liske 1969: Jackson 1970: Keeling & Wood 1971: Jonas 1972: Jonas 1973: Lancaster 1974: Lancaster 1975: Lancaster 1976: Lancaster 1977: Brock 1978: Brock 1979: Moon 1980: Brock 1981: Brock 1982: Moon 1983: Moon 1984: Clements 1985: Dewalt 1986: Johnson 1987: Clements 1988: Renfroe & Dunigan 1989: Ham 1990: Ham 1991: Flutie 1992: Austin 1993: Flutie 1994: Flutie 1995: Dunigan 1996: Flutie 1997: Flutie 1998: Garcia 1999: McManus 2000: Dickenson 2001: Jones 2002: Jones 2003: Calvillo 2004: Printers 2005: Calvillo 2006: Burris 2007: Burris 2008: Calvillo 2009: Calvillo 2010: Burris 2011: Calvillo 2012: Burris 2013: Durant 2014: Ray 2015: Harris 2016: Mitchell 2017: Reilly & Harris

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Montreal Alouettes 58th Grey Cup champions

Ted Alflen Justin Canale Gordon Judges Barry Randall Wally Highsmith Mike Webster Garry Lefebvre George Springate Charlie Collins Jorma Kuisma Moses Denson Tony Passander Gene Gaines Larry Fairholm Bobby Thompson John Couture Steve Booras Steve Wormith Bruce Van Ness Angelo Raffin Peter Dalla Riva Gene Ceppetelli Ed George Tom Pullen Mark Kosmos Mike Widger Ted Collins Steve Smear Al Phaneuf Terry Evanshen Sonny Wade Pierre Desjardins Merl Code Bob Storey Lewis Cook Richie Davis

Head coach: Sam Etcheverry

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Members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Players

Abendschan Ah You Aldag D. Allen Anderson Atchison B. Bailey Baker Barrow Bass Batstone Battle Beach Benecick Bennett Bonk Box Breen Bright Brock Do. Brown T. Brown Browne Burden Cahoon Calvillo Cameron J. Campbell Casey Charlton Clarke Clements Clemons Coffey Conacher Connop Copeland Corrigall Covington E. Cox R. Craig Cronin D. Cutler W. Cutler Dalla Riva DiPietro Dixon Dunigan Elgaard Eliowitz Emerson Estay Etcheverry Evanshen Faloney Fear Fennell Ferraro Ferrone Fieldgate Fleming Da. Flutie Do. Flutie Flynn Frank Fryer Gabriel Gaines Gall George Golab Gorrell Grant Gray Griffing Ham Hanson Harding D. Harris W. Harris Harrison Helton Henley Highbaugh Hinton Holloway Huffman Isbister Jackson Jacobs E. James G. James Johnson Ty. Jones Jurasin Kabat Kapp Keeling B. Kelly E. Kelly Kepley Krol Kwong Lapointe Lancaster Lawson Leadley Lear Lehmann Lewis Lumsden Lunsford Luster Luzzi Makowsky McCance McGill McGowan McManus McQuarters Miles Mills Mitchell Molson Montford Moon F. Morris T. Morris Mosca J. Murphy Narcisse Nelson Nettles Neumann O'Quinn Okeke O'Shea Pajaczkowski Jac. Parker Jam. Parker Passaglia Patterson Payton G. Perry N. Perry Phillips Pitts Pless Ploen Poplawski Pringle Quilty Racine Raimey Rebholz Reed Reeve Ridgway Rigney Roberts Robinson Romano Rowe Ruby Russel T. Scott V. Scott Shatto Simon Be. Simpson Bo. Simpson Sprague Stegall Stevenson Stewart Stirling Sutherin Symons Thelen Timmis Tinsley Tommy Trawick Tubman Tucker Urness Vaughan Vaughn Vercheval Wagner Walby Weir Welch West Wilkinson G. Williams A. Wilson Winfield Wylie Yochum Young Zambiasi Zock

Builders

Ackles Anselmo Back R. Bailey Ballard Barker Berger Braley Brook D. W. Brown Buono H. Campbell Chipman Clair Connellan Cooper Coulter Crighton A. Currie G. Currie Custis Davies DeGruchy Dojack Duggan DuMoulin Forster Foulds Fracas Fulton Gaudaur Gibson Grant Grey Griffith Halter Hannibal Haylor Hayman Henick Bi. Hughes Ireland Keys Kimball Knight Kramer Lieberman Loney Matthews McBrien McCaffrey D. McCann McDonald McNaughton McPherson Metras Montgomery T. Morris C. Murphy Newton Pistilli Preston Ritchie Rodden Ryan Sazio Schwartz Shaughnessy Shepherd Shouldice J. Simpson Slocomb Spencer Spring Stukus P. Taylor Tindall Towriss Warner Warwick S. Wilson

Reporters

Afaganis A. Allen P. Allen R. Allen Avery Badham Beamish Bishop Bratina Brisebois Brunt Calcutt Carroll Tom Casey Cluff Cole Coleman J. Cox G. Craig Cuthbert Davis DeGeer Dryburgh Dufault Dunnell Esaw Frayne Frewin Gilchrist Good Hall Hanley Bo. Hughes Hunt Hunter Irving D. Isaac M. Isaac Te. Jones Kearney G. Kelly Kent Kielty MacCabe Maki Marsden Marshall Martin Matheson Matsumoto A. McCann McConnell McKnight McLean Melville Miller Milton Moir Naylor Newans O'Brien O'Meara Pascucci Pawson Picken J. Proudfoot T. Proudfoot Proulx Purcell Ralph Reeve Ruckaber Saunders Selnes Sgambati Sigurdson D. Smith M. Smith Stephen Stephenson Stukus Sullivan Swangard Tait J. Taylor Ullrich Viney G. Walker H. Walker Ja. Wells Jo. Wells Westwick B. Williams

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