|Birth: ||Oct. 4, 1932|
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 2011|
Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. For fourteen seasons (1954 to 1967), he played at the offensive-end and defensive-back positions in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Born Harold Patterson, he enjoyed an illustrious collegiate athletic career at the University of Kansas, lettering in baseball, basketball, as well as football. While with the Jawhawks' basketball squad, he helped lead Kansas to an appearance in the NCAA Title Game during the 1952-1953 season, as he contributed an 11.2 points-per-game average. Selected by the Philadelphia Eagles during the 14th round of the 1954 NFL Draft, he opted to join the CFL, eventually becoming one of the league's most accomplished players. During his years with the Alouettes, he participated in three Grey Cup games (1954 to 1956) and comprised a highly-effective passer-receiver combination with quarterback Sam Etcheverry. While with Hamilton, he was a member of five more teams that appeared in Grey Cup contests (1962 to 1965, 1967), including three title winners (1963, 1965 and 1967). Individually, Patterson achieved multiple All-Star status, was recipient of the Schenley Most Outstanding Player Award (1956) and Jeff Russell Memorial Trophy (1956). His football career ended after suffering a ruptured spleen during the 1967 season. He would return to Kansas, where he worked for his family's construction company. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1971. (bio by: C.S.)
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Record added: Nov 22, 2011
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