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The Hall Beckons

Dave Dickenson speaking

Dave Dickenson ’96, Calgary, Alberta—the former UM quarterback known as “Super Dave” and “Legend of the Fall” to Grizzly faithful—can add another honor to his long list of accolades: member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Dickenson’s induction among Canada’s best players this past August came twenty years after he led the Montana Grizzlies to their first Division I-AA [now FCS] national championship in 1995. On a brisk December day in Huntington, W.Va., Dickenson and the Griz—clad in the traditional UM colors of copper, silver, and gold—charged down the field in the game’s final minutes to clinch a 22-20 win over Marshall University.

After graduating the following spring with a 3.9 GPA in molecular biology, “Super Dave” joined the Calgary Stampeders. As a signal-caller in the CFL for eleven seasons, he racked up 22,913 yards and 154 touchdown passes, as well as a quarterback rating of 110.4, a league record that still stands. He led two different teams—the Stampeders and the B.C. Lions—to Grey Cup championships, the CFL’s equivalent of the Super Bowl. He officially retired as a player in 2009 and for the past six years served on the coaching staff of the Stampeders. In December, he officially was named the Stamps’ head coach, taking over from John Hufnagel.

“To me, the Hall of Fame is all about tradition,” Dickenson told the Calgary Herald. “I live in Canada, I have kids, I do a lot around the city trying to promote the game. So you respect the game, the players, and coaches who paved the way, who came before you. That’s important to me. And that’s what the Hall of Fame does, what it stands for.”

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