Guelph great Gerry Organ still kicking

Guelph Hall of Famer Gerry Organ Photo: Tim Baines/Ottawa Sun

Guelph Hall of Famer Gerry Organ
Photo: Tim Baines/Ottawa Sun

Gerry Organ had a Hall of Fame career as a Gryphon. A punter, kicker and wide receiver while at Guelph, Organ was an All-Canadian in 1969. He joined the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1971 and was inducted into the Gryphon Hall of Fame in 1984. He was inducted in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 and their summary shows he accomplished plenty in the CFL,

Standout career with Guelph U. Turned pro with Rough Riders ’71. Won four EFC, one CFL scoring titles. Named Top Canadian Player in ’73. Played on two Grey Cup champions. Has string of 124 consecutive converts. Held CFL record for six field goals in a game. First CFL player to pass 1,000 point mark. Concluded playing career with 2 TDs, 391 converts, 318 field goals, 105 singles for 1,462 points.

And from Wikipedia,

He played for 13 seasons for the Rough Riders, playing in three Grey Cup games, winning two championships in 1973 and 1976. Organ played in 176 games in the CFL and is Ottawa’s all-time leader in points scored with 1462. He is the only kicker to have won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian Award, which he won in 1973.

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Last week in the Ottawa Sun Tim Baines wrote about another lasting accomplishment of Organ’s – High school showcase back for 40th season

It started 40 years ago — Rough Riders’ Gerry Organ, Wayne Tosh and Rod Woodward brought the best high school football players in Ottawa together for a showcase at Lansdowne Park.

Members of Athletes in Action, a faith-based organization, they managed to get the game off the ground despite considerable hurdles and now, in 2014, the game is still very much alive — an event Canadian university scouts circle on their calendars.

“We had so much trouble convincing high schools to release equipment, to release players,” said Organ, a record-setting kicker and punter who played 13 years for the Rough Riders. “All the stuff we had to go through to make it happen, there were schools who didn’t want to be part of it. Forty years later, here we are. You don’t start out to build a legacy, but looking back — 40 years, there aren’t many athletic endeavours that sustain themselves over that period of time. It’s great for the city and it’s great for high school football.”

There have probably been 3,000 high school players lining up in the showcase over the years …

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 A 2009 TV interview with Gerry Organ:

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