We’re back with Part Eight of our “Best Alouettes by Jersey Number” series. Today, we’re breaking down numbers 70 through 79. There’s some all-time greats on this portion of the list.
If you missed the first seven parts, you can find them right here:
Part One — Numbers 00 through 9
Part Two — Numbers 10 through 19
Part Three — Numbers 20 through 29
Part Four — Numbers 30 through 39
Part Five — Numbers 40 through 49
Part Six — Numbers 50 through 59
Part Seven — Numbers 60 through 69
Here’s part eight:
70 – Doug Scott – DT – 1980 to 1986: The Montreal native played his college football at Boise State. He spent his entire career with the Alouettes/Concordes organization. Scott recorded a career-high 12 sacks in 1984, which is impressive considering he missed all of the 1983 season due to injury. He was the Als’ nominee for Outstanding Canadian in 1981 and he was an East Division All-Star in 1982, 1984 and 1985.
71 – Brett Williams – DE – 1985 to 1986: Williams played 10 seasons in the CFL for five different teams. He began his career with the Concordes in 1985 and stuck around with the Als in 1986. He still holds the franchise record for most quarterback sacks in a season, with 21 (he’s the only player in franchise history to surpass the 20-sack mark). As you’d imagine, he was an East Division All-Star and a CFL All-Star in 1986. When the Als folded, Williams was selected in the first round of the dispersal draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but he was traded to the B.C. Lions before the start of the season for a first-round draft pick.
72 – Carl Crennel – MLB – 1972 to 1979: Crennel spent the 1970 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers before making the leap to Canada with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1971. He joined the Als for the 1972 season and stuck around for a good chunk of the decade. He was an East Division All-Star in 1973, 1978 and 1979 and he won Grey Cups with Montreal in 1974 and 1977. Despite his success, the Als traded him to the Eskimos late in the ’79 season in order to make room for highly-touted linebacker Tom Cousineau. Crennel got the last laugh, as his Esks beat the Als in the 1979 Grey Cup.
73 – Red O’Quinn – TE – 1952 to 1959: O’Quinn began his professional career with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles before moving up north. O’Quinn is second in Als history with 7,699 receiving yards and third in receptions, with 499. He’s a five time All-Star. He never won a Grey Cup, but played in the big game on three different occasions. In the 42nd Grey Cup, which Montreal lost 26-25 to the Edmonton Eskimos, O’Quinn finished with a record 13 receptions, 316 yards (yes, you read that correctly!) and two touchdowns. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
74 – Peter Dalla Riva – SB/TE – 1968 to 1981: Dalla Riva is one of several players to own the franchise record for Grey Cup’s won with Montreal, with three. He’s also tied for third in franchise history in seasons played, with 14. His 54 touchdowns are only bested by Mike Pringle, Virgil Wagner, Ben Cahoon and George Dixon. Dalla Riva was a CFL All-Star in 1972, 1973 and 1975, and he was an East Division All-Star in all of those years and 1977. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1993. His jersey number is retired by the organization.
75 – Hal Patterson – WR/DB – 1954 to 1960: Star defensive tackle Ed Philion also wore number 75 with great pride. Patterson owns the franchise records for most receiving yards in a season (1,914 yards in 1956) and he also owns the top two receiving performances in a single game, as he recorded 338 and 232-yard performances in games against Hamilton (1956) and Toronto (1955). He was named league M.O.P. in 1956. Believe it or not, he’s also four in franchise history in interceptions, with 27. In 2008, the Als retired his jersey number. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
76 – Chuck Zapiec – LB – 1974 to 1978: The Als claimed Zapiec off waivers from the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1973. The Penn State product won the 1974 and 1977 Grey Cups with the Als. He was named a CFL All-Star in 1977 and 1978 and he was selected as an East Division All-Star in 1974, 1976, 1977 and 1978. He left the Als before the 1979 season to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.
77 – Junior Ah You – DE – 1972 to 1981: Ah You (pictured) helped the Als win Grey Cups in 1974 and 1977. He was named the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable defensive player in 1974. He was a CFL All-Star in 1976 and 1979, and he was an East Division All-Star in 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1979. Unfortunately, the CFL only started keeping track of quarterback sacks in 1981, so we don’t really know how many Ah You racked up during his career. Still, he was a dominant force up front in Montreal for a long time. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997. His number is retired by the franchise.
78 – Virgil Wagner – RB – 1946 to 1954: Wagner was part of the inaugural edition of the Alouettes back in 1946. To this day, nobody in franchise history has surpassed his 79 touchdowns (he and Mike Pringle are tied for first in team history). Wagner helped the Als win their first Grey Cup in 1949. Wagner was selected as an East Division All-Star in 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949 (there were no CFL All-Stars back then). He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1980. The franchise has retired his jersey number. Shoutout to Adriano Belli, who also wore no. 78 in Montreal.
79 – Nick Aragki – SB/TE – 1979 to 1985: Aragki spent all but one of his professional seasons in Montreal with the Alouettes/Concordes (he finished his career with Winnipeg). He was chosen as a CFL All-Star during the 1982, 1984 and 1985 seasons. He also named the CFL’s Outstanding Canadian in ’84 (67 receptions, 1,078 yards and 10 touchdowns). Aragki finished his career with two 1,000-yard seasons.
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Numbers 80 through 89 will be revealed next weekend.