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Russ Jackson
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Football Player
    (July 28, 1936- )
    Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Quarterback for the Ottawa Rough Riders (1958-69)
    CFL Most Outstanding Player (1963, 1966, 1969)
    CFL Most Outstanding Canadian (1958, 1963, 1966, 1969)
    Grey Cup MVP (1969)
    Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy winner (1959, 1969)
    Head coach for the Toronto Argonauts (1975-76)
    He turned down a Rhodes Scholarship application to pursue a football career.
    He was nicknamed 'Y.A. Tittle of the North' by Canadian football pundits.
    Despite being considered an Ottawa sports legend, he accepted the head coaching position for the rival Argonauts.
    He posted a 12-18-2 record in two seasons with the Argonauts.
    He said in regards to his head coaching experience 'I found it difficult to see certain things that I couldn't control. It was very frustrating for me.'
    He was the first Canadian to earn CFL Most Outstanding Player honors.
    He guided the Rough Riders to three Grey Cup titles in the 1960's.
    He holds a Grey Cup record for most passes in a single game
    He concluded his playing career with a Grey Cup championship (1969)
    He is considered a sports icon in Ottawa.
    He worked as a teacher in the Ottawa area during and after his playing career.

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