List of Canadian Football League retired numbers

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This is a complete list of Canadian Football League (CFL) retired numbers. A retired number is a jersey number that is no longer issued by a team in order to honour a player that had a significant impact on that franchise. In some cases, a player may have his number retired after his untimely death during or soon after his playing career.

Of the seven current franchises that retire jersey numbers, there have been 53 players to have their numbers officially retired. Ironically, the two youngest franchises, the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes, have retired the most numbers with 11. The oldest continuous franchise in the league, the Toronto Argonauts, has the second fewest with four retired numbers. The CFL considers the histories of the Ottawa Rough Riders, Ottawa Renegades, and Ottawa Redblacks as one continuous franchise, so the jersey numbers represented by the Redblacks here include all three of these franchises.[1][2] The Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers have never formally retired a jersey number and instead honour numbers and, in some instances, do not re-issue them.[3][4][5]

The most commonly retired number, if one includes Winnipeg's unofficial retired numbers, is the number 75, which has had its usage been discontinued by four teams. No player has had his number retired by multiple teams and, unlike Major League Baseball (who retired Jackie Robinson's number) and the National Hockey League (Wayne Gretzky), the CFL has never had a jersey number retired in favour of one player league-wide. Due to their short existence, none of the American-based CFL teams ever retired jersey numbers.

Retired numbers

Elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Joe "King" Krol, won the most championships with the team that retired his number (Toronto Argonauts).
Player No. Team Position Tenure Championships Refs
Passaglia, LuiLui Passaglia 5 BC Lions K/P 1976–2000 1985, 1994, 2000 [6]
Fleming, WillieWillie Fleming 15 BC Lions RB 1959–1966 1964 [6]
Kapp, JoeJoe Kapp 22 BC Lions QB 1961–1966 1964 [6]
Young, JimJim Young 30 BC Lions SB/WR 1967–1979 [6]
Bailey, ByronByron Bailey 38 BC Lions FB/DB 1954–1964 1964 [6]
Wilson, AlAl Wilson 52 BC Lions C 1972–1986 1985 [6]
Taras, JamieJamie Taras 60 BC Lions FB/OL 1987–2002 1994, 2000 [6]
Reid, AngusAngus Reid 64 BC Lions C 2001–2014 2006, 2011 [6]
Fieldgate, NormNorm Fieldgate 75 BC Lions E/LB 1954–1967 1964 [6]
Simon, GeroyGeroy Simon 81 BC Lions SB/WR 2001–2012 2006, 2011 [6]
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson 97 BC Lions DE 2001–2011 2006, 2011 [6]
Hood, HarryHarry Hood 5 Calgary Stampeders RB/QB 1948–1952 1948 [7]
Burden, WillieWillie Burden 10 Calgary Stampeders RB 1974–1981 [7]
McLoughlin, MarkMark McLoughlin 13 Calgary Stampeders K 1988–2003 1992, 1998, 2001 [7]
Pitts, AllenAllen Pitts 18 Calgary Stampeders WR 1990–2000 1992, 1998 [7]
Forzani, TomTom Forzani 22 Calgary Stampeders WR 1973–1983 [7]
Harris, WayneWayne Harris 55 Calgary Stampeders LB 1961–1972 1971 [7]
Laird, StuStu Laird 75 Calgary Stampeders DT 1984–1996 1992 [7]
Faloney, BernieBernie Faloney 10 Hamilton Tiger-Cats QB 1957–1964 1957, 1963 [8]
Mosca, AngeloAngelo Mosca 68 Hamilton Tiger-Cats DT 1958–1959, 1963–1972 1963, 1965, 1967, 1972 [8]
Calvillo, AnthonyAnthony Calvillo 13 Montreal Alouettes QB 1998–2013 2002, 2009, 2010 [9]
Pringle, MikeMike Pringle 27 Montreal Alouettes RB 1996–2002 2002 [9]
Dixon, GeorgeGeorge Dixon 28 Montreal Alouettes RB 1959–1965 [9]
Trawick, HerbHerb Trawick 56 Montreal Alouettes G/T/DL 1946–1957 1949 [9]
Desjardins, PierrePierre Desjardins 63 Montreal Alouettes G/T 1966–1971 1970 [9]
Dalla Riva, PeterPeter Dalla Riva 74 Montreal Alouettes TE/SB 1968–1981 1970, 1974, 1977 [9]
Patterson, HalHal Patterson 75 Montreal Alouettes WR/DB 1954–1960 [9]
Ah You, JuniorJunior Ah You 77 Montreal Alouettes DE 1972–1981 1974, 1977 [9]
Wagner, VirgilVirgil Wagner 78 Montreal Alouettes HB 1946–1954 1949 [9]
Cahoon, BenBen Cahoon 86 Montreal Alouettes SB 1998–2010 2002, 2009, 2010 [9]
Etcheverry, SamSam Etcheverry 92 Montreal Alouettes QB 1952–1960 [9]
Stewart, RonRon Stewart 11 Ottawa Redblacks RB 1958–1970 1960, 1968, 1969 [10]
Jackson, RussRuss Jackson 12 Ottawa Redblacks QB 1958–1969 1960, 1968, 1969 [10]
Tucker, WhitWhit Tucker 26 Ottawa Redblacks WR 1962–1970 1968, 1969 [10]
Bitkowski, BrunoBruno Bitkowski 40 Ottawa Redblacks C/DE 1951–1962 1951, 1960 [10]
Coode, JimJim Coode 60 Ottawa Redblacks OT 1974–1980 1976 [10]
Racine, MoeMoe Racine 62 Ottawa Redblacks OT/K 1958–1974 1960, 1968, 1969, 1973 [10]
Simpson, BobbyBobby Simpson 70 Ottawa Redblacks FW/E/DB 1950–1962 1951, 1960 [10]
Organ, GerryGerry Organ 71 Ottawa Redblacks K/P/WR 1971–1983 1973, 1976 [10]
Golab, TonyTony Golab 72 Ottawa Redblacks FW/HB 1939–1941, 1945–1950 1940 [10]
Gabriel, TonyTony Gabriel 77 Ottawa Redblacks TE 1975–1981 1976 [10]
Lancaster, RonRon Lancaster 23 Saskatchewan Roughriders QB 1963–1978 1966 [11]
Reed, GeorgeGeorge Reed 34 Saskatchewan Roughriders RB 1963–1975 1966 [11]
Ridgway, DaveDave Ridgway 36 Saskatchewan Roughriders K 1982–1995 1989 [11]
Becket, MelMel Becket 40 Saskatchewan Roughriders TE/C 1952–1956 [11]
Aldag, RogerRoger Aldag 44 Saskatchewan Roughriders OL 1976–1992 1989 [11]
DeMarco, MarioMario DeMarco 55 Saskatchewan Roughriders OL 1953–1956 [11]
Syrnyk, RayRay Syrnyk 56 Saskatchewan Roughriders OL 1956 [11]
Sturtridge, GordonGordon Sturtridge 73 Saskatchewan Roughriders DE 1953–1956 [11]
Shatto, DickDick Shatto 22 Toronto Argonauts RB 1954–1965 [12]
Clemons, MichaelMichael Clemons 31 Toronto Argonauts RB/SB/KR/PR 1989–2000 1991, 1996, 1997 [12]
Krol, JoeJoe Krol 55 Toronto Argonauts QB/RB/P/K/DB 1945–1952, 1955 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1952 [12]
Nykoluk, DannyDanny Nykoluk 60 Toronto Argonauts OT 1955, 1957–1971 [12]

Unofficially retired numbers

Elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Player No. Team Position Tenure Championships Refs
Cameron, BobBob Cameron 6 Winnipeg Blue Bombers P 1980–2002 1984, 1988, 1990 [3]
Ploen, KenKen Ploen 11 Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB/DB 1957–1967 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 [3]
Nicklin, JeffJeff Nicklin 28 Winnipeg Blue Bombers HB/FW 1934–1940 1935, 1939 [3]
Walby, ChrisChris Walby 63 Winnipeg Blue Bombers OT 1981–1996 1984, 1988, 1990 [3]
Lumsden, TommyTommy Lumsden 75 Winnipeg Blue Bombers G/E 1951–1954 [3]
Stegall, MiltMilt Stegall 85 Winnipeg Blue Bombers SB 1995–2008 [3]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "2016 CFL Rule Book and Facts, Figures & Records Guide". cfl.ca. Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Blue by the numbers". bluebombers.com. Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Time For Bombers To Retire Numbers (Including Brown's 97)". 3downnation.com. 3 Down Nation. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Wall of Honour". esks.com. Edmonton Eskimos. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Honoured Numbers". bclions.com. BC Lions. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Retired Numbers". stampeders.com. Calgary Stampeders. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Tiger-Cats officially retire Angelo Mosca's no. 68". cfl.ca. Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Retired Jerseys". en.montrealalouettes.com. Montreal Alouettes. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Retired Numbers". Ottawa Redblacks. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Team History". riderville.com. Saskatchewan Roughriders. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Retired Numbers". Toronto Argonauts. Retrieved February 26, 2017. 
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