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Al Ruckaber

For over 25 years Al (Rocky) Ruckaber was a fixture at Calgary's McMahon Stadium. Though the Stampeders franchise discarded head coaches at an alarming rate through the lean years of the 1980s, Ruckaber was firmly entrenched as the Calgary Sun's 'football boss'.

Ruckaber's simple, clean style gained him recognition as one of Canada's finest beat writers, starting in 1977 with The Calgary Albertan, and then later when the paper was re-launched as The Calgary Sun in 1980.

A native of Midale, Saskatchewan, Ruckaber long harboured aspirations of one day playing in the Canadian Football League, and tasted that dream by covering the football beat by displaying the same passion that most athletes show playing the game.

Ruckaber covered the Stampeders in 3 Grey Cup titles, (1992, 1998, and 2001) before he hung up his always borrowed pen and his notebook and retired to Powell River, British Columbia.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame-Media Wing in 2005

Class of 2005

Rod ConnopGord CurrieEd GeorgeRay NettlesWillie Pless

Football Reporters of Canada

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Ruckaber, Al
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