Ken Lehmann

Class of 2011

Ken Lehmann was born January 13, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. He had a stand out college career at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was named Most Valuable Lineman in his junior and senior year.

In 1964, Lehmann was recruited to join the Ottawa Rough Riders. He soon became a fan favourite as a result of his hard-nosed play at middle linebacker. He was chosen as an Eastern All-Star five times through out his career and All-Canadian four times. In 1966, Lehmann was the Eastern finalist for the Schenley’s Most Outstanding Linemen Award and subsequently won the award in 1968.

A mainstay of the Ottawa defense, Lehmann participated in a total of three Grey Cup games with the Rough Riders, and won two. He played the entire 1968 Grey Cup with a dislocated elbow.

At the time of his retirement, Lehmann held the record for most blocked kicks during a regular season game with two. Ken Lehmann is also a member of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

Playing Career

Ottawa Rough Riders
1964 - 1971
BC Lions


  • Eastern All-Star Linebacker
    1965 - 1969
  • All-Canadian Linebacker
    1965, 1966, 1968, 1969
  • Schenley Award for the Most Outstanding Lineman
  • Grey Cup Participation
    1966, 1968, 1969
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams
    1968, 1969