Don Sweet

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Don Sweet
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Born: (1948-07-13) July 13, 1948 (age 69)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status National
Position(s) K
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg)
College Washington State
Career history
As player
19721981 Montreal Alouettes
19821984 Montreal Concordes
1985 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
CFL East All-Star 1977, 1978, 1979
Awards Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian - 1974, 1977, 1979

Don Sweet (born July 13, 1948 in Vancouver, British Columbia) was a star football kicker for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes of the Canadian Football League.

Vancouver City in British Columbia, Canada

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British Columbia Province of Canada

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Montreal Alouettes Canadian Football team

The Montreal Alouettes are a professional Canadian football team based in Montreal, Quebec. Founded in 1946, the team has folded and been revived twice. The Alouettes compete in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and last won the Grey Cup championship in 2010. Their home field is Percival Molson Memorial Stadium for the regular season and as of 2014 also home of their playoff games.

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College years

Sweet graduated from Washington State University in 1971. He was a Pacific-10 Conference all star kicker in 1971. Perhaps his greatest moment happened when WSU upset defending conference champions Stanford 24 to 23 in 1971. His 27-yard game-winning field goal was scored with no time left on the game clock. Sweet had never played football before he tried out for his university team.

Washington State University public university in Pullman, Washington, USA

Washington State University is a public research university in Pullman, Washington. Founded in 1890, WSU is a land-grant university with programs in a broad range of academic disciplines. With an undergraduate enrollment of 24,470 and a total enrollment of 29,686, it is the second largest institution of higher education in Washington state behind the University of Washington.

Professional career

In 1972, he began a successful 13-year career with Montreal, the second longest in team history. He played with the Alouettes until 1981 and with the Concordes three more years.

He played 185 regular season games, scoring a team record 1,342 points, including 312 field goals and 325 converts. His most points was in 1976, with 141, and he was an all star in 1977, 1978 and 1979. [1]

Perhaps his greatest fame came in the ultimate CFL limelight, the Grey Cup. He played in 5 games with the Alouettes, winning in 1974 [2] and 1977 [3] and losing in 1975, 1978, and 1979. He scored 61 total points, and his best game was the 1977 Ice Bowl, when he scored a record 23 points and kicked a record 6 field goals. He won the Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian awards three times, in 1974, 1977, [3] and 1979.

The Grey Cup is the name of both the championship game of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the trophy awarded to the victorious team playing in the namesake championship of professional Canadian football. It is contested between the winners of the CFL's East and West Divisional playoffs and is one of Canadian television's largest annual sporting events. The Toronto Argonauts have the most Grey Cup wins (17) since its introduction in 1909, while the Edmonton Eskimos have the most Grey Cup wins (11) since the creation of the professional CFL in 1958. The latest, the 106th Grey Cup, took place in Edmonton, Alberta, on November 25, 2018, when the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Ottawa Redblacks 27–16.

Sweet travelled from the heights of glory with the Alouettes to the basement as a member of the newly franchised Concordes. He played 48 games over three years, including the dreadful 1982 season, with 2 wins and 14 losses. [4]

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