After 22 years with the Roughriders, Jeremy O’Day was named vice president of football operations & general manager on January 18, 2019.
This is O’Day’s second tenure as the Riders’ general manager after he was officially named the franchises 15th general manager on August 31, 2015 – a positional he held on an interim basis for the final nine games of that season.
In his first season as GM, O’Day along with head coach Craig Dickenson, put together a sensational Rider team that finished with a 13-5 record placing them first in the West Division for the first time in over a decade.
The former Roughriders offensive lineman moved into the front office after retiring as a player in February 2011, accepting the position of football operations co-ordinator. In 2012, he was named assistant general manager, a position he held for the next four years.
In December of 2015, O’Day was named assistant vice president of football operations & administration under Chris Jones. In this role, O’Day led many day-to-day football operations activities, including player evaluations, contract negotiations, and co-ordinating training camp, mini camps and free-agent camps. He also participated in the scouting of NFL, NCAA and U Sports games.
O’Day’s playing career in the CFL began in 1997, when he joined the Toronto Argonauts after a standout career at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He played two seasons with the Argos, winning a Grey Cup with them in 1997.
In 1999, O’Day signed as a free agent with Saskatchewan and spent the next 12 seasons on the Riders’ offensive line. He started 202 regular-season games for Saskatchewan, which ranks him 12th on the club’s all-time list of games played. He also appeared in 16 playoff games and three Grey Cup games with the Roughriders, helping them win the CFL title in 2007.
O’Day won his third Grey Cup in 2013 when he was a member of Saskatchewan’s front office.
Known for his fierce competitiveness and leadership on and off the field, O’Day was named a division all-star six times and a CFL all-star three times. On four occasions, he was the Riders’ nominee for the award as the CFL’s most outstanding offensive lineman.
Off the field, O’Day spent countless hours in the community, an effort that was recognized by the CFL in 2008 when he was named the winner of the Tom Pate Award. The award is presently annually to the player who exhibits outstanding sportsmanship while also making a contribution to his team and his community.
Jeremy, his wife Dana and their three children (Tyson, Brooklyn and Alyssa) make Regina their year-round home.