Eagle Keys

Class of 1990

During his playing career, Eagle Keys was selected to three all-star teams, and played on two grey cup winning teams in 1949 and 1954. Keys is often remembered for his final game, the 1954 Grey Cup because he played it with a broken bone in his knee.

After Keys’ playing career, he was a scout and an assistant coach before becoming head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos in 1959.

Keys’ 16-year coaching record was 147 wins, 121 losses and 8 ties. While with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he coached the team to four first place finishes, four Grey Cup appearances, and a Grey Cup victory in 1966.

Eagle keys won the Annis Stukus trophy as the Canadian Football League’s Coach of the Year in 1968.


Montreal Alouettes Player
1949 - 1951
Edmonton Eskimos Player
1952 - 1954
Edmonton Eskimos Coach
1959 - 1963
Saskatchewan Roughriders Coach
1965 - 1970
BC Lions Coach
1971 - 1975


  • Grey Cup Participation as a Player
    1949, 1952, 1954
  • Grey Cup Participation as a Coach
    1960, 1966, 1967, 1969
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams as a Player
    1949, 1954
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams as a Coach