Ronald (Killer) Koes, Sr.
Born: August 6, 1937 (Duryea, Pennsylvania)
Died: November 30, 2014
Ron (Killer) Koes was a tough inside lineman and linebacker for the Ottawa Rough Riders with whom he won a Grey Cup championship in 1960.
Born in the coal-mining town of Duryea, Penn., Koes was a star basketball and football player in high school. He was nicknamed Killer for his thundering runs as a quarterback and fullback.
He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full football scholarship, starring with the Tarheels at centre and being named an All-American. The Detroit Lions drafted him in the third round (No. 30 overall) of the 1959 NFL draft.
Instead, he came north to play the 1959 season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at guard and linebacker. He recorded a touchdown in an 18-15 loss by bouncing on the ball in Calgary’s end zone on a blocked kick.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound player moved east to join Ottawa for the 1960 season. He suffered broken fingers on both hands during the Grey Cup game, as Canadian quarterback Russ Jackson led Ottawa to a 16-6 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on a slick field in Vancouver.
Koes, who endured many ailments in his three seasons in the CFL, suffered a serious knee injury in a fall on stairs and missed much of the 1961 season.
Killer Koes was a health and physical education teacher at Manville (N.J.) High for more than 35 years.