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Dave Fennell bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Dave Fennell

Playing Career

Edmonton Eskimos
1974 - 1983

Awards and Honours

All-Western Defensive Tackle
1977 - 1981 (5)

All-Canadian Defensive Tackle
1977 - 1981 (5)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player
1978 (1)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Canadian
1979 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1974, 1975, 1977 - 1982 (8)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1975, 1978 - 1982 (6)

Career Highlights

  • Played 154 games with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Dave Fennell was an outstanding performer right from his rookie season with the Edmonton Eskimos. Nicknamed "Doctor Death", Fennell anchored the Edmonton defensive line known as "Alberta Crude".

By 1977, his opponents were double-teaming Fennell in an attempt to keep him out of their backfield. He was a powerful part of the Eskimos dynasty in the 1970s and 1980s and was Edmonton's nominee for the Most Outstanding Canadian award five times and the Most Outstanding Player award twice.

Dave Fennell is also 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 Eskimos Wall of Honour.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1990 as a player.

Class of 1990

Jim CorrigallDave FennellEagle KeysMarv LusterKen Preston

Football Reporters of Canada

Ralph AllenRJ FrewinBob HughesDon Wittman

Fennell, Dave
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