Don Sutherin

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Don Sutherin
Born: (1936-02-29) February 29, 1936 (age 84)
Empire, Ohio
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight193 lb (88 kg)
CollegeOhio State
NFL draft1958 / Round: 8 / Pick: 94
Drafted byNew York Giants
Career history
As coach
1981Ottawa Rough Riders (Defensive Line)
19821984Ottawa Rough Riders (Defensive Coordinator)
19851989Ottawa Rough Riders (Defensive Secondary Coach)
19901994Edmonton Eskimos (Defensive Coordinator)
19901994Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Defensive Coordinator
19941997Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Head coach)
19982002Hamilton Tiger-Cats ((Defensive Coordinator)
As player
1958Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)
1959New York Giants
1959–1960Pittsburgh Steelers
19601966Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)
19671969Ottawa Rough Riders (CFL)
1970Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup champion 1963, 1965, 1968, 1969 (as a player)
  • Grey Cup champion (1987), 1992, 1999(as a coach)
CFL All-Star1962, 1964, 1969
CFL East All-Star1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969
Career stats

Donald Paul "Suds" Sutherin[1] (born February 29, 1936 in Empire, Ohio) is a former Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League (NFL) defensive back and placekicker. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (1992).

Playing career[edit]

Sutherin played college football at Ohio State, and kicked the game-winning field goal in the 1958 Rose Bowl, giving Ohio State its third national championship. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the eighth round of the 1959 NFL Draft and played in the NFL from 1959-1960 for the Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He started his playing career with Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1958. After playing in the NFL, he returned to Hamilton in 1960, where he would play seven more seasons. He played for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1967–1969 and the Toronto Argonauts in 1970. He spent a total of 12 years as a player in the CFL and played in eight Grey Cups, winning four.

While with the Tiger-Cats, he was noted for being both a defensive back as well as a placekicker and he led the CFL in points several years.

Sutherin was honoured on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Wall of Fame at Ivor Wynne Stadium on October 24, 2008.

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career, Don Sutherin was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Eskimos from 1985 to 1990 and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1990 to 1994. He was promoted to head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1994 and remained in that role until 1997.[2]

CFL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
HAM 1994 3 9 0 .250 5th in East Division - - Failed to Qualify
HAM 1995 8 10 0 .444 4th in North Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
HAM 1996 8 10 0 .444 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in East Semi-Final
HAM 1997 1 5 0 .167 4th in East Division - - Fired mid-season
Total 20 34 0 .370 0 Division
0 2 0 Grey Cups


  1. ^ "Don Sutherin". Archived from the original on 23 November 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  2. ^ "TIGER-CATS HISTORY". Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2011.

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