Dave Cutler

Athlete

Before Dave Cutler entered the Canadian Football League in 1969, kickers were not considered to be important offensive threats and generally had less impact on the outcome of a game than other position players. Cutler changed all of that with his old-style, straight-on toe punching methods in an era when the soccer style kicker emerged.

For 16 seasons and 254 regular season games, the product of Simon Fraser University kicked the Eskimos to a record of 157-90-9 (he missed only two of those games in his entire career playing 253 straight) and a CFL record 2,237 points when he retired. Cutler made it almost a formality that a long field goal attempt would be made as he kicked at least one 50-yard plus in all but two of his 16 years. He became the first CFL player to ever make a 59-yard field goal in 1970, his first all-star season. He went on to earn three Western all-star berths and set many other records including most field goals in one season (50 in 1977). He led the West in scoring eight times including a season-high and then-record 195 in 1977.

Cutler played in a record nine Grey Cup games with six wins to show for it, tied for third most in league history. Through 2013 he remained the leader scorer in the history of the Grey Cup game with 72 points and 18 field goals. He capped in career with distinction by being named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

Dave will be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2016 in the athlete category.