McGOWAN, GEORGE (Elected as a Player, February 6, 2003.)

George McGowan was born in Bethesda, Maryland on March 10th, 1948.  He began his football career

while at high school in California.  After high school and junior college, McGowan continued his football

career with Kansas University.  Playing as a receiver, McGowan had a record year with the Orange-

Bowl-bound Jayhawks, contributing 32 receptions for 592 yards and five touchdowns.  In his final year

at Kansas University, he was moved to the defensive back position.  After a brief stint with the NFL ,

the Edmonton Eskimos signed him in 1971.  His eight year career with the Eskimos produced record

statistics.  In 1973 and 1975 he was the leader in the west with the most number of pass receptions

with 81 and 98 respectively.  McGowan surpassed the 1,000 yard pass receiving mark three times in

his eight years, in 1972 with 1,014 yards and 11 touchdowns, in 1973 with 1,123 yards and 9

touchdowns and in 1975 with 1,472 and 8 touchdowns.  He still maintains the CFL record for the

second highest pass receptions in a regular season game with 15 receptions for 249 yards.


George McGowan won many awards and honours throughout his career including CFL All-Star three

times,  Western All-Star three times, and won the Schenley Most Outstanding Player Award in 1973. 

McGowan played in five Grey Cup games in eight years with the Eskimos and was on the winning end

two times.  McGowan retired from CFL action in 1978.


Awards and Honours:

 CFL All-Star (Receiver) - 1973, 1975, 1976

 Western All-Star (Receiver) - 1973, 1975, 1976

 Schenley Most Outstanding Player - 1973

 Jeff Nicklin Award Winner - 1973

 Comeback Player of the Year - 1975

 Edmonton Eskimo Wall of Fame - 1985

 Grey Cup Participation: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978

 Grey Cup Winning Team: 1975, 1978



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Text Source: www.cfl.ca

Updated and edited April 2, 2003.