John Harvey (Canadian football)

John Harvey (born January 26, 1950) is a former award-winning Canadian Football League running back.

John Harvey
Born: (1950-01-26) January 26, 1950 (age 70)
Austin, Texas
Career information
StatusRetired
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)RB
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
CollegeTyler Junior
Career history
As player
1973Montreal Alouettes
1974–1975Memphis Southmen
1976Toronto Argonauts
1977Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1973
CFL East All-Star1973
Awards1973 Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy

In 1970, he was a junior college 1st team All-American at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.[1]

He burst into the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes in 1973. Rushing for 1024 yards, with an incredible 7.5 yards per rush average and 32 pass receptions, he was an all-star and won the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy, being runner up as CFL MVP.[2]

Like many other players lured by the big money, he jumped to the World Football League in 1974, playing 2 seasons with the Memphis Southmen. In his first season, he rushed for 945 yards, caught 21 passes for 275 yards, scored 5 touchdowns, and threw 3 passes (one for a touchdown.) In 1975, rushing behind future NFL Hall-of-Famer Larry Csonka, he gained 137 yards, caught 8 passes for 107 yards, scored 4 touchdowns, and threw 2 passes (1 for a touchdown.) In the short history of the WFL he was 13th on the all-time rushing list, with 1082 yards.[3]

When the WFL folded, he returned to the CFL, playing 10 games for the Toronto Argonauts in 1976 (rushing for 68 yards, catching 26 passes for 459 yards, and 5 touchdowns) and 1 game for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1977.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] Tyler Junior College Apache's Football All Americans
  2. ^ [2] John Harvey - CFLpedia article.
  3. ^ [3] World Football League - Statistics