Vince Goldsmith
No. 78
Born: (1959-07-20) July 20, 1959 (age 62)
Fort Riley, Kansas
Career information
Position(s)Defensive End
Career history
As player
1981–1983Saskatchewan Roughriders
1984Toronto Argonauts
1985–1987Calgary Stampeders
1988–1990Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1983
CFL West All-Star1981, 1983, 1988
Awards1981 - CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award

Vince Goldsmith, born July 20, 1959, was a star football player in the Canadian Football League (CFL), as both a linebacker and defensive lineman.

Goldsmith played college football with the University of Oregon Ducks (from 1977 to 1980) as a defensive tackle. At 230 lbs but only 5 feet 11 inches Goldsmith earned First Team All-Conference honors twice[1] while becoming the school’s only defensive lineman ever to receive the Morris Trophy as top lineman.[1] A 1980 Second Team Associated Press All-American, he recorded 13 tackles in his collegiate debut. His most productive year was as a sophomore, when he tallied 87 tackles (62 unassisted) and 14 tackles for losses.[1] He finished his collegiate career with 281 tackles, including 34 sacks, or tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He was inducted into the University of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2002.[1]

Thought too small for the National Football League, Goldsmith came to Canada and played for 10 years. He made an instant impression in 1981 with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, recording 17 sacks, being named an All-Star and winning the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award. He was also an All-Canadian All-Star in 1983. He played with the Green Riders from 1981 to 1983 and again from 1988 to 1990; in his second stint with the Green Riders, he appeared in the team's Grey Cup win in 1989. He played 101 games with the team and came in second in team history for sacks with 89. He played 17 games for the Toronto Argonauts in 1984, and played 3 years (1985 to 1987) with the Calgary Stampeders.

His career total of 130.5 sacks is fifth best in CFL history.


  1. ^ a b c d "Vince Goldsmith". University of Oregon. Retrieved 2010-08-23.