Cauz's Uniform Vault: Ottawa REDBLACKS

If you are going to do an article on the history of Ottawa Rough Riders/Renegades/REDBLACKS, you have to start with Russ Jackson. There really can’t be any debate on this, can there? CFL fans have been waiting half a century for another Canadian to have the sort of impact at quarterback that Russ had since he retired in 1969. Speaking of retirement, Jackson’s best statistical season came in his final year, where he put up over 3,600 yards and 33 touchdowns in just 14 games.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Cauz, in the picture you provided, #21 receiving the handoff from Mr. Jackson is Wayne Ginardino not Dave Thelen. This picture is from 1969. Check the uniform, this jersey design was first used in 1966. Dave's last year with Ottawa was 1964, the same year as the Rick Black uniform. Dave then played for Toronto in 1965 and 1966, before retiring. I believe Jim Dillard (formerly with Calgary)
replaced Dave as the FB with Ottawa in 1965 and 1966.

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