Garry Lefebvre

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Garry Lefebvre
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Born:(1944-11-12)November 12, 1944
Edmonton, Alberta
Died:March 16, 2016(2016-03-16) (aged 71)
St. Albert, Alberta
Career information
CFL status National
Position(s) WR/P
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
CJFL Edmonton Wildcats
Career history
As player
19661969 Edmonton Eskimos
19691971 Montreal Alouettes
19721976 Edmonton Eskimos
Awards 1966 - Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
1973 - Dick Suderman Trophy
Honours Grey Cup Champion - 1970, 1975

Garry Lefebvre (November 12, 1944 – March 16, 2016) was a Canadian Football League player with the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes at the wide receiver and punter positions.

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Professional career

After being injured in high school, Lefebvre starred with the Edmonton Wildcats for three seasons before joining the Edmonton Eskimos in 1966. Playing 16 games and catching 9 passes for a 25.3 yards average and three touchdowns, he won the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy as best rookie in the Western Conference. After two more season in Edmonton, Lefebvre was disappointed to learn he was traded to the last place Montreal Alouettes. His short 1970 season was redeemed by a Grey Cup victory, in which he caught the final touchdown. Returning to the Eskimos, he was the Dick Suderman Trophy winner for best Canadian in a Grey Cup loss to the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1973. His best season was 1974, when he caught 36 passes for 575 yards and played in the Grey Cup, losing to Montreal. In 1975 he won his second Grey Cup ring, again against Montreal. [1]

While mostly a receiver, Lefebvre was also a first string punter, punting 83 times in 1968, 102 times in 1973, 103 times in 1974, and 127 times in his final season. He could also play defensive back, intercepting seven passes and returning two for touchdowns (both in 1967.) He attempted two passes during his career, completing both.

Career regular season statistics

CFL StatisticsReceivingPuntingInterceptions
YearTeamGPRecYardsY/RLgTDPuntsYdsAve.SIntYdsAveLgTD
1966 Edmonton Eskimos16922825.3553000000000
1967 Edmonton Eskimos161333625.8742413032.5029145.5532
1968 Edmonton Eskimos151931916.859383323939.0200000
1969 Edmonton & Montreal131835719.85812487336.4000000
1970 Montreal Alouettes211414.0140000000000
1971 Montreal Alouettes92029414.743130114938.3100000
1972 Edmonton Eskimos1611212.0120103398438.704307.5280
1973 Edmonton Eskimos161833518.6434102423941.2211414.0140
1974 Edmonton Eskimos163657616.0663103421140.9100000
1975 Edmonton Eskimos129346.5831415338.3000000
1976 Edmonton Eskimos161629318.3483127500539.4100000
Total136153285718.783210000713419.2532

Personal

Lefebvre was married to Sandi and they have four children: Cheri, Brad, Julie and Jesse.

He was a founding member of Athletes in Action, which he joined in 1972.

Lefebvre built and directed Canada's first Circle Square youth ranch in Halkirk, Alberta, where he and his family served for eight years. After founding and pastoring a small church in Kelowna, BC in 1988, Garry returned to Edmonton in 1992 as director of the 100 Huntley Street counselling centre. On July 15,1992, Lefebvre was a guest on 100 Huntley Street.

In 1995, he brought the ministry of Athletes International Ministries to Canada, where he is now Executive Director. In January 2009, he became the Regional Co-ordinator of Edmonton and area for Promise Keepers Canada.

On March 16, 2016, the Edmonton Eskimos announced on their website that Lefebvre died. No cause of death was given. He was 71. [2]

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