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Jack Abendschan

Jack Abendschan
Date of birth: (1942-12-18) December 18, 1942 (age 71)
Place of birth: San Francisco, California
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Import
Position(s): G/K
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
College: New Mexico
As player:
1965-1975 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973
CFL West All-Star: 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
Awards: 1969, 1970 - 2012

Jack Abendschan (born December 18, 1942 in San Francisco, California) is a former Canadian Football League offensive lineman and placekicker who played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1965 through 1975.[1]


Jack Abendschan began his career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1965 and remained with them throughout his 11-year CFL career. Abendschan played offensive guard and except for 1968, he played all 16 games of the regular season every year from 1965 to 1973.[2]

Abendschan was also an accurate placekicker. His best field goal percentage was 63.2% (24 of 38) in 1970, his next best 60.7% (17 of 28) in 1967, which was considered very good at the time, considering kickers were not specialists.

Abendschan was part of the 54th Grey Cup championship-winning Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1966 over the Ottawa Rough Riders 29-14, in which he converted their 4 touchdowns.[3] He also played in the 55th Grey Cup the following year, the 57th Grey Cup of 1969, and the 60th Grey Cup of 1972, losses to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1967 and 1972 and to Ottawa in 1969.

During Abendschan's time as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he was named to the CFL's All-Star team 5 times.[1] In 2012 he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.


Seen in game 3 of the 1970 Western Conference finals in its entirety


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