The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of former Rider head coach and CFL Hall of Fame member Eagle Keys.
“Eagle Keys is a legend in the CFL and will always hold a special place in the hearts of Rider fans,” stated Riders President/CEO Jim Hopson. “While he will always be thought of as one of the greatest coaches in CFL history, more importantly he was a tremendous person. Eagle was kind enough to join the Riders in 2006 as the team celebrated the 40th anniversary of our first Grey Cup championship. He will be missed by our entire organization.”
Eagle joined the Roughriders as head coach in 1965 after playing six seasons in the CFL with Montreal and Edmonton, winning two Grey Cups. During his six seasons with the Riders, Eagle led the team to four 1st place finishes in the West Division. The Riders also reached the playoffs in each of Eagle’s six seasons and made three Grey Cup appearances, winning their first title in 1966.
His 68 regular season coaching victories and eight playoff wins are both at the top of the all-time Rider list for head coaches.
Eagle Keys was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1990 as a builder and was enshrined in the Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honor in 1987.