George McGowan

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George McGowan
No. 76
Born: (1948-03-10) March 10, 1948 (age 72)
Bethesda, Maryland
Career information
StatusRetired
CFL status American
Position(s) WR
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)
College Kansas
Career history
As player
19711978 Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1973, 1975, 1976
CFL West All-Star 1973, 1975, 1976
Awards 1973 - Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy
1973 - CFL MOP
Honors1985 - Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour
RecordsEskimos Record
  • Most Receptions – Game (15) - September 3, 1973
Career stats

George McGowan (born March 10, 1948) is an American-born former football player for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) where he played for eight seasons from 1971–1978. During his career with the Eskimos, he set CFL league records for most catches in a game (15) and most catches in a season (98) and won two Grey Cups before his career was cut short by knee injuries. McGowan was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Early career

Born in Bethesda, Maryland on March 10, 1948, he grew up Glendale, California. McGowan attended University of Kansas and played for the Jayhawks for two years. In 1968, he had great success as a receiver, with 32 receptions for 592 yards and five touchdowns. In 1969, he was moved to defensive back, and was less impressive.

It took McGowan several training camps (one with the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL) and a couple of years until he ended up in Edmonton as a receiver.

CFL career

He would play 8 seasons in Edmonton. In his first year, 1971, he caught 49 passes for 827 yards, and 54 for 1015 yards the next season. 1973 was one of his greatest years, and his 81 catches for 1,123 yards won him the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award.

An injury limited his performance to 8 receptions in 1974, but McGowan provided the comeback story of the next year, catching a then record 98 passes for 1,472 yards. In his last three season injuries steadily limited his effectiveness, and he caught 60, 40 and 34 passes during that time.

His career totals were 424 receptions for 6,356 yards (14.9 yard average) and 42 touchdowns. He was an all star 3 times and played in 5 Grey Cup games, winning two. He also caught a then record 15 passes in the September 3, 1973 game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

George McGowan was always considered the equal of the great receivers of his day, and was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

His former head coach, Ray Jauch, recalled, "George ran patterns just like they were drawn up in the playbook. He'd get to the correct spot and catch the ball. And although he didn't possess great speed, his quickness allowed him to break the odd long one. He could run with almost anyone for the first 30 or 40 yards." [1] He is remembered for his hand-eye coordination and for catching as well in a crowd as in the open.

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References

  1. "The greatest receiver not in the Hall of Fame?". Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved 2008-07-11.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link), Ted Soutar, "Soudog's CFL History Fan Site", July 8, 2002

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