Peter Dalla Riva

Class of 1993

Peter Dalla Riva came to Canada from his native Italy in 1953, and was destined to become one of this country’s most popular athletes.

Dalla Riva played with the Burlington Braves and the Oakville Black Knights of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) before joining the Montreal Alouettes.

Dalla Riva was Montreal’s leading receiver in 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, and 1977, and he holds the club record for touchdown catches. The big Tight End often came up with clutch receptions and his tremendous blocking ability made him an important member of the great Montreal teams of the 1970’s.

Dalla Riva was Montreal’s nominee for the Outstanding Canadian award in 1975 and 1976, as well as their nominee for the Outstanding Player award in 1976.

Peter Dalla Riva’s jersey #74 was retired by the Montreal Alouettes on October 24, 1981.

Playing Career

Montreal Alouettes
1968 - 1981


  • All-Eastern Tight End
    1972, 1975, 1976
  • All-Canadian Tight End
    1972, 1973, 1975
  • All-Star Game MVP
  • Grey Cup Participation
    1970, 1974, 1975, 1977 - 1979
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams
    1970, 1974, 1977