Northwest Athlete Profile: Dave Cutler

CFL Football: Dave Cutler

Date of birth: October 17, 1945 (age 66)
Place of birth: Biggar, Saskatchewan
Status: Retired
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
University: Simon Fraser

Prairies to the Coast

Dave Cutler – iconic figure in Edmonton, Alberta and the CFL was born on October 17, 1945 in Biggar, Saskatchewan and went on to become arguably the best field goal kicker in CFL history.

He certainly was head and shoulders above the rest of the kickers in his day.

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Cutler remains a measuring stick for current CFL kickers.

Cutler honed his craft while getting his degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. From SFU, Cutler went on to star in the Canadian Football League where he would spend a very eventful 16 seasons with the juggernaut Edmonton Eskimos.

During his time in Edmonton, Cutler won six Grey Cups (five in a row from 1978 to 1982) and he established the team record for most career points (2237).

464 field goals, 627 converts, 218 singles for 2,237 points. Third longest field goal in league history with a successful 59 yarder.

Cutler retired after the 1984 season after 16 outstanding seasons.

Cutler was named to the CFL All-Star team four times during his stellar career.

Cutler’s post career accolades included induction into the Simon Fraser University Sports Hall of Fame, the Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honor, and in 1998 was he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Perhaps Cutler’s most memorable game took place in the 1981 Grey Cup game when his Edmonton Eskimos came back from 19 points down in the final seconds of the game to win in most improbable fashion.

Cutler, as in most games was a huge part of that win kicking the winning score with just seconds left to secure the incredible comeback win.

Dave Cutler remains in the folklore that is the Canadian Football League and until Lui Passaglia came along, nobody was as integral a kicker to their team as Cutler.

He remains to this day a measuring stick by which all CFL kickers are subjected.

Fast FACT: In 1983 he passed George Blanda to become the all-time points leader in professional football.

Where is he now? (From

Sales and Marketing, 100.3 FM, Victoria B.C. (The whole reason we consider him a NORTHWEST Athlete…of course.)

Dave volunteers his time with a wide variety of local causes including the YMCA, Big Brothers and the Parkinsons Society.

In addition, his athletic achievement was recognized with an induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Dave very generously credits SFU as the catalyst and incubator of any good fortune he has had.

Mr. Cutler recommends that students “look more at the opportunity to expand your ability to think and reason than the quantifiable aspect – and make sure that the direction you choose is dictated by passion.”


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