Richard "Dick" Suderman (October 18, 1939 - October 16, 1972) was a Canadian Football League defensive end.

Dick Suderman
No. 67 (CGY), 52 (EDM)
Born:(1939-10-18)October 18, 1939
Windsor, Ontario
Died:October 16, 1972(1972-10-16) (aged 32)
Edmonton, Alberta
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)DE
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight245 lb (111 kg)
UniversityWestern Ontario
Career history
As player
19641972Calgary Stampeders
1972Edmonton Eskimos
CFL West All-Star1967, 1968, 1971

College footballEdit

Dick Suderman played college football at the University of Western Ontario.

CalgaryEdit

Suderman played defensive end for the Calgary Stampeders from 1964 to 1972. He participated in three Grey Cup games, losing the first to the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1968, the second to the Montreal Alouettes in 1970, but defeating the Toronto Argonauts the following year in 1971 by a score of 14-11. Suderman was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian in that 59th Grey Cup.[1] The Dick Suderman Trophy has been awarded each Grey Cup to the Most Valuable Canadian since 1971.

EdmontonEdit

Suderman was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos during the course of the 1972 CFL season. The day after his first game as an Eskimo against the BC Lions, Suderman collapsed while having breakfast in a downtown restaurant with teammates, following their return from Vancouver, and died without regaining consciousness a few hours later of a brain hemorrhage, only two days shy of his 33rd birthday.[2] Despite the close proximity to the game, the doctors' opinion was that the hemorrhage was not related to football play, but caused by a congenital malformation of blood vessels. The Most Valuable Canadian award in the Grey Cup would be renamed in his honour.

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