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Whitman Tucker bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Whitman (Whit) Tucker

Playing Career

Ottawa Rough Riders
1962 - 1970

Awards and Honours

Gruen Award for the Outstanding Canadian Rookie in the Eastern Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL)
1962 (1)

All-Eastern Flanker
1966 - 1968 (3)

All-Canadian Flanker
1967 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1966, 1968, 1969 (3)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1968, 1969 (2)

Career Highlights

  • Played 121 games with the Ottawa Rough Riders.

  • 2nd on the Ottawa Rough Riders Most Receiving Yards in a career with 6,092 (as of 2015).

  • 5th on the Ottawa Rough Riders most Touchdowns in a career with 54 (as of 2015).

Whitman (Whit) Tucker was all-city in football and basketball and received the Royal Arcanum trophy as Windsor's Outstanding High School athlete in 1959. At the University of Western in London, Ontario, he was named a Senior Intercollegiate All-Star Halfback and the University of Western Most Valuable Player in 1961.

In Ottawa, Tucker quickly became known as a game breaker in which he averaged 22.4 yards per reception. In 1967, he had four consecutive 100-yard games and amassed 1,171 that season. In 1968, Tucker scored touchdowns on 19.4% of his receptions and was runner-up for the Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Canadian.

Whitman (Whit) Tucker is also a member of the University of Western Ontario Hall of Fame.

What doe it mean to be a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum?

"I am very proud to be a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame to be recognised as one of the top players in the CFL during the 1960's. Also to be in the CFL record book for my achievements as a wide receiver is fantastic. While we were playing we never thought of this kind of acclaim,

But now in our waning years it is wonderful to look back and remember all the fun we had. My children and grandchildren love it."--Whitman Tucker

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1993 as a player.

Class of 1993

Samuel BergerPeter Dalla RivaHerm HarrisonWhitman Tucker

Football Reporters of Canada

Jim KearneyAl McCann

Tucker, Whitman (Whit)
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