Eagle Keys was named an Assistant Coach by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Feb. 20, 1964 — 60 years ago today.

Keys took over as Head Coach one year later after Bob Shaw joined the Toronto Argonauts.

Over six seasons as the Roughriders’ field boss, the team posted a 68-25-3 record.

Under Keys, the Roughriders appeared in the 1966, 1967 and 1969 Grey Cup Games. In 1966, the Roughriders won the first championship in franchise history.

Keys joined the B.C. Lions after guiding the B.C. Lions to a team-record 14 victories in 1970.

He entered the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, alongside former Roughriders General Manager Ken Preston, in 1990.

Keys was 89 when he passed away in Burnaby, B.C., on Dec. 20, 2012.


  • Tim Broady — Roughriders linebacker, 1995 (58)
  • Peter Tuipulotu — fullback, 1996 (55)
  • Doug MacIver — defensive lineman, 1979-81 (Feb. 20, 1953-Jan. 26, 2012)