1975 CFL season
East championsMontreal Alouettes
West championsEdmonton Eskimos
63rd Grey Cup
ChampionsEdmonton Eskimos
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The 1975 CFL season is considered to be the 22nd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 18th Canadian Football League season.

CFL News in 1975

Calgary became the first city in the Canadian Prairie Provinces to host the Grey Cup championship game. The CFL changed the rules on blocking by allowing contact to be above waist level on punt returns. The two-point convert was introduced to the league, as was the option after a field goal attempt by one team (regardless of whether it was made or not) to let the opposing team either kick off or scrimmage from their own 35-yard line (the latter option was eliminated in 2009, but was reinstated the next year).

Tragedy struck the CFL on October 11, when Hamilton Tiger-Cats star defensive lineman Tom Pate suffered an aneurysm in the fourth quarter against the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. Pate never regains consciousness and would in two days die, at the age of 23. A year later, the CFLPA announced the Tom Pate Memorial Award in his honour to be awarded to the player who best personifies a unique combination of outstanding sportsmanship and dedication to the league and the community.

Regular season standings

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Western Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Edmonton Eskimos 16 12 4 0 432 370 24
Saskatchewan Roughriders 16 10 5 1 373 309 21
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 16 6 8 2 340 383 14
Calgary Stampeders 16 6 10 0 387 363 12
BC Lions 16 6 10 0 276 331 12
Eastern Football Conference
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Ottawa Rough Riders 16 10 5 1 394 280 21
Montreal Alouettes 16 9 7 0 353 345 18
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16 5 10 1 284 395 11
Toronto Argonauts 16 5 10 1 261 324 11

Grey Cup playoffs

Main article: 63rd Grey Cup

The Edmonton Eskimos are the 1975 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Montreal Alouettes, 9–8, at Calgary's McMahon Stadium. This was the first Grey Cup game to be held in the prairies. Montreal's Steve Ferrughelli (RB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Offence and Lewis Cook (DB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player on Defence. Edmonton's Dave Cutler (K) was named Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

November 9: Conference Semifinals November 16: Conference Finals November 23: 63rd Grey Cup @ McMahon StadiumCalgary, AB
E2 Montreal Alouettes 20
E1 Ottawa Rough Riders 10
E3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 12
E2 Montreal Alouettes 35
E2 Montreal Alouettes 8
W1 Edmonton Eskimos 9
W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 18
W1 Edmonton Eskimos 30
W3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24
W2 Saskatchewan Roughriders 42

CFL Leaders

1975 CFL All-Stars



1975 Eastern All-Stars



1975 Western All-Stars



1975 CFL Awards


  1. ^ "CFLapedia".