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Harold Patterson

  • Was a starter for the 1953 Kansas basketball team that lost to Indiana, 69-68, in the 1953 national championship game
  • Was named the MVP of the Canadian Football League in 1956
  • Set a career receiving record with 9,473 yards and 64 touchdowns while averaging over 20 yards per catch for his career
  • Is a member of the CFL Hall of Fame
Patterson, Harold
Inducted 2009

Born: October 4, 1931 – Garden City, Kansas

Died: November 21, 2011 – Larned, Kansas

Graduated: Rozel H.S., 1950; Garden City CC, 1952; University of Kansas, 1954

Overview

Harold Patterson was a two-year letterman and starter in basketball, football and baseball at the University of Kansas. He played in one of the Jayhawks’ biggest basketball games in history, but made his mark on the football field as one of the greatest players in the history of the Canadian Football League.

Early Achievements

After graduating from Rozel High School, Patterson was an All-American center for the Garden City Community College basketball team in 1952 and lettered in football, basketball and baseball at GCCC. Patterson went on to the University of Kansas, where he played baseball, football and basketball and was a starter for the 1953 Kansas basketball team that lost to Indiana, 69-68, in the 1953 national championship game.

Professional Career

Despite being drafted by the NFL Philadelphia Eagles in 1954, Patterson signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. In 14 seasons, Patterson was a five-time All-Eastern defensive back, a seven-time All-Eastern and All-Canadian offensive end and was named the MVP of the league in 1956. Patterson scored 75 career touchdowns in the CFL and set a career receiving record with 9,473 yards and 64 touchdowns while averaging over 20 yards per catch for his career.  Patterson was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1960 and helped lead the Tiger-Cats to three Grey Cup victories.

Honors

Patterson was named to the CFL All-Century team and is a member of the CFL Hall of Fame. In 2006, The Sports Network in Canada featured a list of the top 50 players in CFL history and Patterson ranked 13th. In 2008, the Montreal Alouettes retired his No. 75 jersey. He is also a member of the Garden City Community College Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

Click here to see Harold's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech