Larry Fairholm

Larry Fairholm was born in Montreal and played junior football with the Rosemount Bombers.  In 1960, Fairholm quarterbacked the Bombers to the Canadian Junior Football Championship, throwing the game winning pass on a Hail Mary toss late in the game.  Fairholm's skill caught the attention of the University of Arizona and brought him a scholarship in the States.  After college, Fairholm returned to Montreal to play for the Alouettes, though like a lot of Canadian Quarterbacks, Fairholm was converted to play defensive back.  Fairholm played for the Als for eight seasons, from 1965 to 1972.  In those eight seasons, Fairholm had 19 career interceptions with a season high of 5 in 1969, and 6 career fumble recoveries, also hitting a career high with 3 in 1969.  Fairholm scored three tuchdowns in his career, two on fumble returns and one on an interception return.  There was a 47 yards scamper on a recovered fumble in 1967, an 82 yard dash on another fumble recovery in 1969, and a 86 yard return of an intercepted pass in 1971.  Besides playing defense, Fairholm was also an excellent punt returner for the Als.  Fairholm was third in the East in punt return yardage in both 1966 and 1967, and fourth in the East in 1968 and 1969.  This was all in the era before blocking was allowed on punt returns, so you had to be touch to play on the suicide squad.  That toughness also shows up in the fact that Fairholm didn't miss a single game with Montreal in his eight seasons.  As an individual, Fairholm's best years were 1968 and 1969 as he was an East All-Star in 1968 and a CFL All-Star in 1969 (due to a strange quirk in voting in those days, you could be a CFL All-Star without being a divsion All-Star).  As a member of a team, however, Fairholm's best year had to be 1970, when the Alouettes rose from the basement the year before to win the Grey Cup.  Fairholm was the co-captain of the team that year, along with Pierre Desjardins who was also his teammate on the Rosemount Bombers team that started it all.  Larry's football talent was apparently passed on in his genes, as his son Jeff Fairholm went on to become a star slotback for Saskatchewan and Toronto.

Games Played, Interceptions and Fumble Returns
Year Team GP Int Yds Avg TDInt Long FR Yds Avg TD Long FF
1965 MON 14 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1966 MON 14 3 14 4.7 0 14 1 0 0 0 0
1967 MON 14 2 51 25.5 0 32 1 47 47 1 47
1968 MON 14 1 53 53 0 53 0 0 0 0 0
1969 MON 14 5 46 9.2 0 31 3 89 29.7 1 82
1970 MON 14 4 45 11.3 0 20 0 0 0 0 0
1971 MON 14 1 86 86 1 86 0 0 0 0 0
1972 MON 14 3 2 0.7 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

Kickoff And Punt Returns
Year Team KOR Yds Avg TD Long PR Yds Avg TD Long
1965 MON 0 0 0 0 0 21 161 7.7 0 16
1966 MON 0 0 0 0 0 46 289 6.3 0 19
1967 MON 0 0 0 0 0 69 358 5.2 0 23
1968 MON 0 0 0 0 0 64 294 4.6 0 20
1969 MON 3 75 25 0 26 59 296 5 0 19
1970 MON 0 0 0 0 0 19 92 5.1 0 23
1971 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 MON 0 0 0 0 0 3 20 6.7 0 18

Fumbles
Year Team F FL OFR
1965 MON 1
0
1966 MON 0
0
1967 MON 0 0
0
1968 MON 0 0
0
1969 MON 0 0
1
1970 MON 0 0 1
1971 MON 0 0
0
1972 MON 0 0
0

Passing and Rushing
Year Team PA PC % Yds TD Int TC Yds Avg Avg TD
1965 MON 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
1966 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1967 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1968 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1970 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1971 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1972 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kickoffs
Year Team KO Yds Avg Long S
1965 MON 0 0 0 0 0
1966 MON 0 0 0 0 0
1967 MON 0 0 0 0 0
1968 MON 0 0 0 0 0
1969 MON 1 42 42 42 0
1970 MON 0 0 0 0 0
1971 MON 0 0 0 0 0
1972 MON 0 0 0 0 0
1970 OPC Larry Fairholm