BiographyAthlete : Football
Year Inducted: 2014
Date of Birth: January 1st, 1943
Born in: Peterborough, Ontario
Born in Peterborough in 1943, Wayne Giardino seemingly always played football. Following a stellar high school career in the early 1960s, Giardino he received a full gridiron scholarship to Florida State University, participating in the 1964 Gator Bowl and 1966 Sun Bowl.
He joined the CFL’s Ottawa Rough Riders upon graduating in 1967 and stayed with the team until 1975.
Ever-versatile, Giardino would play corner linebacker, defensive half, fullback and on special teams with the ‘Riders and was one of the last Canadian players to start on both offense and defense in the same game.
Giardino was CFL Rookie of the Year in 1967, won three Grey Cups as a member of the ‘Riders 1968, 1969 and 1973 Grey Cup Champions, was a co-captain with the team and played in the 1970, 1971 and 1974 CFL All-Star games.
He is still the holder of the CFL record for most yards and most TDs on fumble recoveries. Retiring from active play, Giardino went on to serve as Defensive Line Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Rough Riders for two years in the 80s and for four years with the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
Wayne continued to serve football locally as the Head Coach of the Jr. Ottawa Sooners in 1985 and Defensive Coordinator of the Ottawa Gee-Gees in 1986. Wayne currently resides in nearby Almonte, Ontario.