|Roughrider Legends - Jeff Fairholm|
|Written by Les Lazaruk|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012 10:22|
A big-play guy who stepped up with a big play in the biggest game…that’s what makes Jeff Fairholm a Roughrider Legend!
He had the “genes” to be a football player as Jeff Fairholm was born in Montreal…the son of former Alouettes’ defensive back Larry Fairholm. But, unlike his dad, Jeff Fairholm was a very good pass receiver from the slotback position who gave D-Bs fits!
Fairholm joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders out of the University of Arizona and spent six very productive seasons in Green and White from 1988 to 93. He caught 340 passes for almost 62-hundred yards and 53 touchdowns. One of those was a Riders’ record 107-yarder in 1990.
Fairholm was voted the West Division Rookie-of-the-Year in 1988 and Most Outstanding Canadian in 1989…naturally a member of the Riders’ Grey Cup championship team. In fact, he scored one of the most memorable touchdowns from that game, a 76-yard pass-and-run connection from Kent Austin! He would play three more years with Toronto and cap his career as a member of the 1996 Argos team that captured the Grey Cup. In 2005, Fairholm was inducted into the Riders Plaza of Honour.
Big plays were Jeff Fairholm’s trademark...making him a Roughrider Legend.