PHILLIPS GETS THE CALL TO THE HALL
Former Edmonton Eskimo offensive
lineman Rudy Phillips has been named to the Canadian Football Hall of
During just seven
seasons in the CFL, Phillips made a big impact. The North Texas State
product joined Ottawa late in the 1981 regular season and played in the
Rough Riders’ 26-23 loss to Edmonton in the ’81 Grey Cup in
Montreal. Phillips spent four years in Ottawa, and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in
1982 and ’83.
After a one year
stint in the NFL in 1985, he signed with Edmonton and would play on an offensive
line with future Hall of Famer Rod Connop.
Named a Western and a CFL All-Star in 1986, Phillips was a member of Edmonton’s
1987 Grey Cup winning team.
Gary Durchik, former Eskimo offensive line coach (1987
– 1990 & ’97) and current Edmonton Wild Cat head coach says,
“Rudy was a very tough and aggressive player who had a tremendous
competitive streak. It was much better to have Rudy on your team than
having to play against him.”
Phillips is the
36th Eskimo to be inducted to the CFL Hall of Fame."