1959 - Feature Story
Drafted primarily as a defensive player, Russ Jackson was named the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian Player in only his second season in the Canadian Football League. Then as now, Canadian quarterbacks were rare, but Jackson’s versatility and toughness earned him a look at quarterback in Ottawa. Jackson was a rookie in another field that year. He spent the 1958 season commuting to Toronto to earn his teaching certificate and in 1959 he began his career as a high-school mathematics teacher.

1969 - Feature Story
On November 30, 1969, Russ Jackson went out a champion. In his final game, Jackson threw four touchdown passes to lead the Ottawa Rough Riders to a 29-11 Grey Cup victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He won Grey Cup Most Valuable Player honours and was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player. No Canadian quarterback has starred in the CFL since Jackson.
Dave Perkins

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