Don Narcisse

Born: February 26, 1965 in Port Arthur, Texas

Even as a boy, Don Narcisse had a knack for catching the long ball. This eventually enabled him to compete for 13 standout seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was a ticket into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Perhaps because of his size, Narcisse’s pass-catching talents were not noticed until his 12th-grade year at Lincoln High School in Port Arthur, Texas. A standout senior season landed Narcisse a scholarship at Texas Southern University in Houston.

According to Narcisse, "There was only one school that wanted me and that was Texas Southern University. But the only reason I got a scholarship was because they sent someone to recruit one of our quarterbacks and coach sent me out to catch his passes in front of the scout.”

In his senior year at TSU, Narcisse led the NCAA Division I-AA in receiving yards with 1,074 and also earned first-team Division I-AA All-American honors. According to Johnnie Cole, his former Quarterback and later Head Coach at TSU, "Don was an overachiever and a very hard worker. He had a natural gift for catching the football."

 

After college, Narcisse made it to the final day of tryouts with the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL, but was cut. Narcisse heard that the Saskatchewan Roughriders were having a tryout in nearby Shreveport from one of his former teammates at TSU. He went to the camp and out of 400 players, he was one of four offered a contract.

That began a 13-year CFL career for Narcisse. He signed with Saskatchewan as a free agent on September 1, 1987, and lasted through the 1999 Season. He racked up 919 catches and 12,366 yards.

At 5 feet 9 inches and 170 pounds, Narcisse was particularly effective at short-yardage plays, often in situations needing a first down. His lack of injury and strong on-field performances, led to a number of career records. At the time of his retirement, he was first all-time in career receptions, third in career receiving yards, and tied for first with 8 seasons of more than 1000 receiving yards. Narcisse holds the professional football record for most consecutive games with at least one reception in every game (216). He is considered one of the greatest players in Roughriders history and one of the leagues greatest receivers of all time. Narcisse became known not only for his accomplishments on the field, but also the commitment and dedication he had for helping the community.

The pinnacle of his career was a Grey Cup championship, Canada’s equivalent to a Super Bowl title, in 1989. In 2000, Narcisse coached for the San Antonio Matadors of the Spring Football League. The Matadors were undefeated before the league ceased operations and were co-SFL Champions.

Narcisse was voted into the Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honour in 2003, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Museum of the Gulf Coast Hall of fame in 2020.

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