Russ Stanley Jackson
Born: July 28, 1936
Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ontario
Russ Jackson is thought by many to have been the best quarterback who ever played in the Canadian Football League.
Following high school, he enrolled in McMaster University located in Hamilton.
Jackson was preparing to become follow a career in Education.
At university, he excelled both in football and basketball.
In 1958, Russ Jackson was drafted to play for the Ottawa Rough Riders.
Jackson, however, wanted to qualify for his Teaching Certificate at the Ontario College of Education.
As part of his contract, the Rough Riders allowed Jackson to commute from Ottawa to Toronto using
an open airline ticket.
(Editor's Note: At one point, Russ Jackson taught at Rideau High School in Ottawa while playing for the Rough Riders.)
Jackson shined as a quarterback under special training from a noted football coach, Frank Clair.
He went on to lead the team to three Grey Cups, emblematic of the league championships.
As well, Russ Jackson won the Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Player three times.
Upon retirement from football, he became a teacher and a school principal.
Russ Jackson received the honour of being appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
For detailed research and more information, check out the following:
Jackson Video Presentation
Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
The Canadian Encyclopedia
Walk of Fame
Sports Hall of Fame
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