Wayne Giardino

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Wayne Giardino
Born:(1943-11-07)November 7, 1943
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Died:February 16, 2021(2021-02-16) (aged 77)
Almonte, Ontario, Canada
Career information
Position(s)Linebacker / Fullback
CollegeFlorida State
Career history
As player
1967–75Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
Awards1967 - Gruen Trophy
HonorsGrey Cup champion - 1968, 1969, 1973

Wayne Giardino (November 7, 1943 – February 16, 2021) was a Canadian athlete and coach in Canadian football. Giardino was an award-winning linebacker and Grey Cup Champion in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Rough Riders.

A graduate of Florida State University,[1] Giardino joined the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1967. Rushing 3 times for 15 yards and blocking a kick in his rookie season[2] was good enough to win the Gruen Trophy as best rookie in the East (this at a time when only Canadians were eligible for the award.) He later became a starting linebacker and dependable back up fullback, his best year being 1971 when he rushed for 201 yards.[3] On defence, he intercepted six passes, returning three for touchdowns, and took fumble recoveries back for another three touchdowns, including 146 yards in 1972, still the second best in CFL history[4] On offence, he rushed for 536 yards and caught 44 passes during his career. He was a Grey Cup champion three times: 1968, 1969 and 1973. Finally, he was the head coach of the Ottawa Sooners junior team in 1994, leading them to a 7 win and 2 loss season.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Florida State University - Wayne Giardino
  2. ^ 1967 CFL Record Book
  3. ^ 1971 CFL Record Book
  4. ^ [2] CFL Record - fumble returns
  5. ^ [3] Ottawa Sooners coaches