Rudolph “Rudy” Phillips

Class of 2009

Rudolph (Rudy) Phillips was born February 25, 1958 and played college football at North Texas State where he was a four year letterman and a three year starter at guard. Phillips was signed by the Ottawa Rough Riders for the final six games of the season in 1981 including the Grey Cup final against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Phillips played 13 games in 1982, 16 games in 1983, and 13 games in 1984 for the Rough Riders. His performance on the offensive line started to generate him recognition and awards. In 1982, 1983, and 1984 he was the Rough Riders’ nominee for Outstanding Offensive Lineman. He was the winner of the Outstanding Lineman Award two years in a row, 1982 and 1983.

In 1985, Phillips left the Ottawa Rough Riders and pursued a career in the NFL. Phillips returned to the CFL in 1986, this time with the Edmonton Eskimos. He played every game of the 1986 season. During that season he was selected as a PWA Lineman Star of the Week, as well as being selected as a Western All-Star for the first time and named to the CFL All-Star team for the third time in his career. Phillips won his first Grey Cup in 1987 when the Eskimos defeated the Argonauts.

Playing Career

Ottawa Rough Riders
1981 - 1984
Edmonton Eskimos
1986, 1987
Calgary Stampeders


  • Eastern All-Star Offensive Guard
    1982, 1983
  • Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman
    1982, 1983
  • All-Canadian
    1982, 1983, 1986
  • Leo Dandurand Trophy
    1982, 1983
  • Western All-Star Offensive Guard
  • Grey Cup Participation
    1981, 1986, 1987
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams