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Gene Gaines, #22


Gaines joined the Als in 1961 as a wing back on offence and a defensive halfback. He was traded in 1962 to the Ottawa Rough Riders, where he played until 1969. He returned to the Alouettes in 1970 in the dual role of defensive back / secondary coach which he held through the 1976 season.

Gaines played 217 games, including 161 consecutively over a 16-year span. He won four Grey Cups. Gaines was a five-time East Division All-Star and three-time CFL All-Star defensive back.

He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1994.