Chris Isaac

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Chris Isaac
Born:May 15, 1959
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, U.S.
Died:October 19, 2020 (aged 61)
Holly Hill, Florida, U.S.
Career information
CollegeEastern Kentucky
High schoolNew Smyrna Beach
(New Smyrna Beach, Florida)
Career history
As player
1982–83Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
Awards1982 CFL Rookie of the Year

Christopher Dwight Isaac (May 15, 1959 – October 19, 2020) was an American professional football player who was a quarterback with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.


After starring as a quarterback at New Smyrna Beach High School in Florida, Isaac played college football at Eastern Kentucky University from 1978 through 1981.[1] In three of those years, the Colonels appeared in the NCAA Division I Football Championship game, winning in 1979.

Isaac subsequently joined Ottawa of the CFL for the 1982 season. In his first start, he set the team record with 471 yards passing and tied a record with five touchdown passes.[2][3] He finished the year with 18 touchdown passes and 3,408 passing yards, and won the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award.[4] He could not repeat this success, playing only one more year in the CFL, as he appeared in 11 games in 1983 and lost the starting quarterback job to J.C. Watts.[5][6]

After his playing career ended, Isaac worked as an assistant coach at several high schools and colleges, including Bethune-Cookman College.[7] He has also been a mathematics teacher at Pine Ridge High School in Deltona, Florida.[1] Isaac was inducted to the Eastern Kentucky athletic hall of fame in 2012.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Chris Isaac (2012) - Hall of Fame". Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Rookie smashes record, Concordes". The Calgary Herald. Canadian Press. 1982-07-30. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  3. ^ "Isaac top offensive star". The Leader-Post. Canadian Press. 1982-08-05. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  4. ^ "Argonaut Holloway captures Schenley". The Windsor Star. Canadian Press. 1982-11-26. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  5. ^ MacCabe, Eddie (1983-08-05). "Battered by press, booed by fans, Isaac still hopes". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  6. ^ Bacon, Dick (1984-06-26). "Ex-Concorde Evans cut by Rough Riders". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
  7. ^ Collings, Buddy (2004-03-19). "Isaac Takes Over Deltona Football". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-01-10.