|Born:||October 19, 1917|
|Died:||August 2, 1991 73)(aged|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|1940, 1943, 1946–1948||Saskatchewan Rough Riders|
|1940||Saskatchewan Rough Riders|
|1941–1942||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|1943||Saskatchewan Rough Riders|
|1945||Ottawa Rough Riders|
|1946–1948||Saskatchewan Rough Riders|
|As General Manager|
|1958–1978||Saskatchewan Rough Riders|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kenneth Joseph Preston (October 19, 1917 – August 2, 1991) was a Canadian football player, coach and executive. He played for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders (3 stints), Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Ottawa Rough Riders.He was the Head Coach of the Saskatchewan Rough Riders from 1946 to 1947. From 1958 to 1978, he was the Rough Riders' General Manager. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1990. He also was inducted into the Rough Riders' plaza of honor in 1987. From 1962 until his retirement in 1979, they made the playoffs every year.
The Ottawa Renegades were a Canadian Football League franchise based in Ottawa, Ontario founded in 2002, six years after the storied Ottawa Rough Riders folded. After four seasons, the Renegades franchise was suspended indefinitely by the league due to financial instability, and its players were absorbed by the other teams in a dispersal draft.
The Canadian Football Hall of Fame (CFHOF) is a not-for-profit corporation, located in Hamilton, Ontario, that celebrates great achievements in Canadian football. It is maintained by the Canadian Football League (CFL). It includes displays about the CFL, Canadian university football and Canadian junior football history.
Frank James Clair was an American gridiron football player, coach, and executive. Nicknamed "the Professor" for his ability to recognize and develop talent, he served as a head coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Toronto Argonauts from 1950 to 1954 and the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1956 to 1969. Clair ranks third all-time in CFL history with 147 regular season wins and first in postseason victories with 27. He is also tied for the most Grey Cup championships won by a head coach with five. He won the Annis Stukus Trophy as the CFL's coach of the year in 1966 and 1969.
Ronald Lancaster was an American-Canadian professional football player and coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL). As the starting quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for 16 seasons, he led the team to its first Grey Cup championship in 1966 and is the franchise's all-time leader in passing yards, attempts, completions, touchdowns, and interceptions. At the time of his retirement, he was the CFL's career leader in passing yards and still ranks sixth overall as of 2016. After his retirement as a player, he served as a head coach and general manager in the CFL; he led his teams to two Grey Cups and currently ranks fourth all-time with 142 regular season wins. He was also a colour commentator on the CFL on CBC from 1981 to 1990. At the time of his death, he was the Senior Director of Football Operations of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (1982), Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1985) and the Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Honour (1985).
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