22 Facts About Russ Jackson


Russell Stanley Jackson was born on July 28,1936 and is a former professional Canadian football player.


Russ Jackson is a member of the Order of Canada, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and has been described as the best Canadian-born quarterback to play in the CFL.


In 2006, Russ Jackson was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN, the highest-ranked Canadian-born player on the list.


Russ Jackson was the McMaster nominee for a Rhodes Scholarship, but did not pursue an interview for the scholarship, deciding instead to sign with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League, who drafted him in the first round of the 1958 CFL Draft.


Originally signed as a defensive back, Russ Jackson quarterbacked the Rough Riders to three Grey Cup victories.


Russ Jackson won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award in the 1963,1966, and 1969 seasons.


Russ Jackson was a four-time winner of the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award.


Russ Jackson was a six-time Eastern Conference All-Star quarterback and the CFL All-Star quarterback in the 1966,1968, and 1969 seasons.


Russ Jackson was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1973.


In November 2006, Russ Jackson was voted one of the CFL's top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.


Russ Jackson ended his career with 24,593 passing yards, with 1,356 completions on 2,530 attempts, 124 interceptions, 185 touchdowns, and an efficiency rating of 91.2.


Russ Jackson was a mobile quarterback, gaining 5,045 yards on the ground on 738 rushes, with 54 touchdowns.


Russ Jackson holds the record for throwing the most passing touchdowns in a Grey Cup game with four and highest career passer rating in Grey Cup games with 118.4.


Russ Jackson was the principal of Canterbury High School in Ottawa from 1973 to 1975.


Russ Jackson later became a vice-principal and principal at secondary schools in Ottawa and Mississauga.


From 1996 to 2001, Russ Jackson was the colour commentator CHML-AM's coverage of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.


Russ Jackson briefly left teaching in 1975, spending two years as head coach of the Toronto Argonauts.


Russ Jackson was replaced by Leo Cahill, in his second tenure as the Argos' head coach, prior to the 1977 CFL season.


Russ Jackson is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in law by McMaster University in 1989.


Russ Jackson was added to Canada's Walk of Fame in 2012.


In 1986, the Russ Jackson Award was created in his honour to recognize the university football player who best exhibits athletic ability, academic achievement, and devoted citizenship.


Russ Jackson was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.