Jerry Keeling

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Jerry Keeling
No. 10, 14
Born: (1939-08-02)August 2, 1939
Paris, Texas
Died: January 20, 2018(2018-01-20) (aged 78)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status International
Position(s) QB/DB
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
College Tulsa
Career history
As player
19611972 Calgary Stampeders
19731975 Ottawa Rough Riders
1975 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1964, 1965, 1967
CFL West All-Star 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968
Career stats
  • Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1989

Jerry Keeling (August 2, 1939 – January 20, 2018) was a quarterback and defensive back in the Canadian Football League, playing fifteen seasons from 1961-75 for the Calgary Stampeders, the Ottawa Rough Riders, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. For his great play, he became a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Calgary Stampeders

The Paris, Texas-born Enid, Oklahoma-reared Keeling was a member of the Stampeders from 1961 to 1972, playing defensive back and quarterback positions. It was only in 1969 that Keeling became the starting quarterback. Keeling was the winning quarterback in the 1970 Western Conference finals in a best of 3 series against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the final game in brutally cold weather (see video clip below) won by Calgary by a score of 15-14, one of the coldest football games ever.[citation needed]

But the team lost the 58th Grey Cup game played on a very muddy field to the Montreal Alouettes. However, after beating Saskatchewan again in the Western Conference finals in 1971, he beat the Toronto Argonauts during the rainy 59th Grey Cup game, his first championship victory.[citation needed]

Ottawa Rough Riders

Keeling became an Ottawa Rough Rider from 1973-75. In 1973, he was their starting quarterback and led his team to the 61st Grey Cup. However, he was replaced by Rick Cassata in the title game because of an injury.[1] Ottawa won that game, Keeling's second and last Grey Cup win.[citation needed]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

He ended his career in 1975 as the starting quarterback of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, which finished 5-10-1 yet made the playoffs, though defeated on the first round by the Alouettes.[citation needed]


Keeling was an assistant coach for the Stampeders from 1982 to 1983.


Keeling died on Saturday, January 20, 2018. At the time of his death he was living in Oklahoma with his wife Vella.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Jerry Keeling". Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Former Stampeders quarterback Jerry Keeling dies at 78". 20 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Deaths published Jan. 22, 2018

External links

  • Seen in game 3 of the 1970 Western finals in its entirety on YouTube
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