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Remembering the back-to-back championships of 1968 & 1969 Ottawa Rough Riders

Posted: May 28, 2019

By Martin Cleary

The 1960s are often recognized as the golden years for the Ottawa Rough Riders football club. It’s hard to dispute that claim.

In those 10 Canadian Football League seasons, the Rough Riders won their divisional pennant three times and finished in second place the other seven years. The red, white and black posted a combined record of 87-48-4 for a .640 winning percentage.

The Riders were just as impressive in the playoffs, recording a 13-8 mark, playing in four Grey Cup championships and hoisting the legendary trophy on three occasions, including the final two years of the decade.

The 1968 and 1969 Ottawa Rough Riders were two of the greatest sports teams ever to represent the nation’s capital and only the second Ottawa team to win back-to-back Grey Cups, after the Ottawa Senators in 1925 and 1926.

While it has been half a century since quarterback Russ Jackson, …

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