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The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario.

Founded: 1876
Folded: 1996
Formerly known as: Ottawa Football Club 1876 to 1897, Ottawa Senators 1925 to 1926.
Home stadium: Frank Clair Stadium, formerly called Landsdowne Park
Uniform colours: Black, red and white
Helmet design: Black background with a white "R"
Eastern regular season championships: 15 -- 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978
Grey Cup finals appearances: 15 -- 1925 (won), 1926 (won), 1936 (lost), 1939 (lost), 1940 (won), 1941 (lost), 1948 (lost), 1951 (won), 1960 (won), 1966 (lost), 1968 (won), 1969 (won), 1973 (won), 1976 (won), 1981 (lost)

Franchise history

The team was organized in 1876 as the Ottawa Football Club. It adopted the name Rough Riders in 1898. Although in later years the name was said to derive from logging, the team played from 1925 on in the colours of the Teddy Roosevelt's Regiment in the Spanish-American War, which, with the date of the renaming, suggests that the name comes from the war. The team did change its nickname to Senators in 1925 and 1926.

For much of the team's history it played in the same league as the Saskatchewan Roughriders, confusing many, and also attracting general ridicule to the CFL for being a league with only eight or nine teams but two of them being named "rough riders" (although spelled differently). On four occasions, the two teams met in the Grey Cup, prompting joking predictions that "the rough riders" would win.

In 2002, Ottawa regained a CFL team, this one called the Renegades.

  • Jerry "Soupy" Campbell
  • Abe Eliowitz
  • Eddie Emerson
  • Tony Golab
  • Condredge Holloway
  • Russ Jackson
  • Bob Simpson
  • David Sprague
  • Ron Stewart
  • Andrew Tommy
  • Joe Tubman
  • Whit Tucker
  • Kaye Vaughan

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