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Pierre Vercheval, #59


Pierre Vercheval made a permanent mark on football in Quebec. He became the first Quebec native player in history to participate in 200 regular season games in the Canadian Football League and the first to participate in a NFL training camp, with the New England Patriots in 1988.

In 2007, Vercheval had the honour of being the first Francophone inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

In 14 seasons with the CFL, Vercheval participated in four Grey Cups, winning two with the Toronto Argonauts in 1996 and 1997. He then joined the Alouettes in 1998.

A crowd favourite, Vercheval was named to the CFL All-Star team in three of his seasons with the Alouettes. In 2000, he won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award. Vercheval retired in 2002. He played 212 games in the CFL, a record for a Quebec native player.