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Gene Gaines bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Gene Gaines

Playing Career

Montreal Alouettes
1961, 1970 - 1976

Ottawa Rough Riders
1962 - 1969

Awards and Honours

All-Eastern Linebacker
1963 (1)

All-Eastern Defensive Back
1965 - 1967, 1971 (4)

All-Canadian Defensive Back
1965 - 1967 (3)

Jeff Russell Memorial trophy
1966 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1964, 1966, 1968 - 1970, 1974, 1975 (7)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1968 - 1970, 1974 (4)

Career Highlights

  • Played 217 games in his 16-year career, 161 of them consecutive.

  • 3rd on the Canadian Football League (CFL) All-Time Most Fumble Returns in a career during Grey Cup games with 5.

After a stellar career at UCLA in Los Angeles, Gene Gaines was drafted by both Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL), but decided to play his pro football in Canada.

Gaines was an outstanding offensive and defensive halfback, and in Ottawa was considered the "quarterback" on the defensive squad. He returned to the Montreal Alouettes in 1970 in the dual role of player and defensive backfield coach. Many people credit Gaines' hard work on and off the field for the Alouettes' 1970 Grey Cup victory.

Gene Gaines intercepted 42 passes for 679 yards and returned 60 punts for 306 yards, and had 56 kickoff returns for 1,112 yards in his career. Gene Gaines once had a 128-yard return for a touchdown in a November 14, 1964 game.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1994 as a player.

Class of 1994

Bill BakerTom ClementsGene GainesDon McNaughton

Football Reporters of Canada

Rick MatsumotoHal SigurdsonJack Sullivan

Gaines, Gene
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