To CFL fans ( of my age ) Hal Patterson was the greatest football player of all time. He was called " Prince Hall "and, with Sam Etcheverry at QB, the Als pass attack was ferocious. I believe Patterson's record of 338 yards in a single game still stands today as does his record 109 yards for a single pass. He was also successful at defense half- playing a full 60 minutes, as did the better players in that age. When the Als introduced the end around play, Patterson was almost unstoppable as he had both the speed and power to run through opposing defenders.The book " Legend of Autumn" has on its cover a picture of Patterson leaping high to intercept a pass.
When the owner of the team, at that time traded Etcheverry and Patterson to Hamilton for Bernie and Don Paquette , Alouette fans went berserk in two languages. Coach Perry Moss ," who was in favour of the move, was hung in effigy on many a lamppost along Rue Ste- Catherine". The team received more than one bomb threat and fans sent a hangman's noose to the Montreal Gazette with a note that read " would you be kind enough to give it to Coach Moss". The team lost the Grey Cup that year to Edmonton and, the Als ceased to be a powerful team. The Als never recovered until 1970 when Sonny Wade brought the Grey Cup to Momtreal
Hal Patterson, R.I.P.