Terry Evanshen
No. 25
Born: (1944-06-13) June 13, 1944 (age 79)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
CollegeUtah State
Career history
As player
1965Montreal Alouettes
19661969Calgary Stampeders
19701973Montreal Alouettes
19741977Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1978Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1967
CFL East All-Star1965, 1971, 1975
CFL West All-Star1967, 1968, 1969
Awards1965 - Gruen Trophy - Eastern Rookie of the Year
1967 & 1971 - Most Outstanding Canadian Award
Honors1970 - Grey Cup Champion
Career stats

Terrence Anthony "Terry" Evanshen (born June 13, 1944) is a motivational speaker and former star receiver in the Canadian Football League.


Drafted by the Montreal Alouettes, Terry went on to have an outstanding career in the CFL playing for 13 years from 1965–1978, with the Montreal Alouettes, the Calgary Stampeders, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and the Toronto Argonauts playing in nearly 200 games and scoring over 90 touchdowns.[1]

Terry won the Gruen Trophy as the Eastern Rookie of the Year in 1965, the Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1967 and 1971, was an all star 7 times, won the Grey Cup in 1970 and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

In 1994, the CFL instituted the Terry Evanshen Trophy which is awarded annually to the Outstanding Player in the East Division.

Post-football car crash and memory loss

On July 4, 1988, Terry's life was nearly ended when a car ran a red light crashing into his Jeep. His injuries were so serious that a priest was called to perform last rites. Against great odds, he survived in a coma, but when he awoke a month later he had no memory of his life before the crash. His struggles with this great loss eventually led him to become a motivational speaker. In the year 2000, author June Callwood wrote an award-winning book, The Man Who Lost Himself: The Terry Evanshen Story, which was turned into a 2005 movie for CTV, The Stranger I Married (also known as The Man Who Lost Himself), starring David James Elliott and Wendy Crewson and directed by Helen Shaver.[2]


Canadian Football Hall of Fame member on YouTube


  1. ^ "Terry Evanshen football statistics on StatsCrew.com".
  2. ^ "The Stranger I Married (original title: The Man Who Lost Himself)". IMDb.com. Retrieved July 24, 2023.