Dave Fennell

Class of 1990

David Fennell was an outstanding performer right from his rookie season. Nicknamed “Doctor Death”, Fennell anchored the Edmonton defensive line known as “Alberta Crude”.

By 1977 opponents were double-teaming Fennell in an attempt to keep him out of their backfield. He was a powerful part of the Eskimo dynasty in the 1970s and 1980s. He was Edmonton’s nominee for the Most Outstanding Canadian Award five times and the Most Outstanding Player Award twice. He played in seven Grey Cup games.

David Fennell is a member of the University of North Dakota Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame, and the Edmonton Eskimo Wall of Honour.

Playing Career

Edmonton Eskimos
1974 - 1983


  • All-Western Defensive Tackle
    1977 - 1981
  • All-Canadian Defensive Tackle
    1977 - 1981
  • Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Canadian
  • Grey Cup Participation
    1974, 1975, 1977 - 1982
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams
    1975, 1978 - 1982