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Jerry Keeling bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Jerry Keeling

Playing Career

Calgary Stampeders
1961 - 1972

Ottawa Rough Riders
1973 - 1975

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Awards and Honours

Western All-Star Defensive Back
1964 - 1968 (5)

Canadian Football League (CFL) All-Star Defensive Back
1964, 1965 , 1967 (3)

Grey Cup Participation
1968, 1970, 1971, 1973 (4)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1971, 1973 (2)

Career Highlights

  • Played 229 games over his career.

  • 5th on the Calgary Stampeders All-Time career touchdown passes list with 89 (as of 2015).

Jerry Keeling was a standout Defensive Back and Quarterback, and was nicknamed "Bones" by his teammates and the "Splendid Splinter" by the press. The nicknames came from his slender 6 foot 1 inch and 170 pounds frame.

During his 15 seasons in the CFL, Keeling completed 1,302 passes for 18,239 yards and 119 touchdowns. Keeling's longest pass was a 109-yard strike to Terry Evanshen on September 27, 1966 versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, which is still a Calgary Stampeders record.

During the 1964 season, Keeling set another Calgary Stampeders record when he recovered a 102-yard fumble return versus the BC Lions.
Keeling was the leading passer in the west in 1969 with 229 completions for 3,179 yards and was the eastern leading passer in 1975 with 145 completions.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1989 as a player.

Class of 1989

Jerry KeelingKarl SlocombDave ThelenAndy Tommy Sr.Harold Urness

Football Reporters of Canada

Bryan HallPat MarsdenNorm MarshallFred SgambatiJim Taylor
Keeling, Jerry
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