Famous Burlingtonians

Russ Jackson - Professional Football Player

Russ Jackson is a former CFL quarterback, coach and sport commentator. After graduating from McMaster, he spent his entire 12-year career with the Ottawa Rough Riders. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Ontario Sport Hall of Fame. Jackson was voted one of the CFL’s top 50 players of the league’s modern era by TSN in 2006. He has also done sports commentary for CBC and the Hamilton Ti-Cats with radio station CHML-AM. Jackson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1970 and earned a place on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2012. Jackson is a retired teacher who lives in Burlington.