Hometown: Rozel, KS
Transfer from Garden City Juco (All-American Center)
Born 1931 or 1933
1953: Lettered, Starter
1954: Lettered, Starter, All-Big 7.
Hal Patterson, a starting forward and second-leading rebounder for Kansas’ 1953 national runner-up, was a two-year football letterman with the Jayhawks as an end and also lettered in baseball. Patterson played 14 seasons in the Canadian Football league, where he was an All-Star. He scored 54 touchdowns in the CFL and had 34 games with at least 100 years in pass receptions.
Hal was at Garden City Community College two years, then at KU for the '52 and '53 football seasons (end/halfback) and the '53 and '54 basketball campaigns. Olympian Al Kelley, a teammate, sings his praises for a lot of things, including Patterson's soaring proclivities. Hal also lettered as a baseball shortstop here, then went to Canada for football.
Pat played 14 seasons in Canada as a brilliant receiver, defender, halfback and anything else they needed. Prince Hal is in the Canadian Hall of Fame. He's been rather incognito for some time, but he farms in the area of U.S. Highway 156 between Burdett and Larned. Hope he's back this weekend.
Sunday, February 16, 2003
Patterson, Harold, football player (b at Rozel, Kan 1933). He became a star CFL player early in his 14-year career as a member of the vaunted MONTREAL ALOUETTES passing attack led by quarterback Sam Etcheverry from 1954 to 1960. In 1956 he enjoyed a season virtually unequalled in CFL history, catching 88 passes for 1914 yards in 14 games, records that lasted for 11 and 17 years. His record of 338 yards receiving was set that year and still stands, as does his record for the longest completion (109 yards, shared). He also won the scoring title and received the SCHENLEY AWARD that year. He was traded to HAMILTON TIGER-CATS in 1961, where he played on 3 Grey Cup champions. His career totals of 460 receptions, 9473 yards and 64 touchdowns place him among the finest receivers ever to play in the CFL. His class and physical grace earned him the nickname "Prince Hal."
"Prince" Hal Patterson
Harold (Prince Hal) (Hal) Patterson
MONTREAL ALOUETTES . . . . . . . . . 1954-1960
HAMILTON TIGER-CATS . . . . . . . . .1961-1967
AWARDS AND HONOURS
ALL-EASTERN DEFENSIVE BACK . . . . 1954, 1955, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1956, 1957, 1958
ALL-EASTERN OFFENSIVE END . . . . .1956, 1957, . . . . . . . . . 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
ALL-CANADIAN OFFENSIVE END . .1962, 1963, 1964
SCHENLEY MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER AWARD . .1956
JEFF RUSSEL MEMORIAL TROPHY . . . . . . . 1956
GREY CUP WINNING TEAMS . . 1963, 1965 AND 1967
HAROLD "PRINCE HAL" PATTERSON WAS A PERENNIAL ALL-STAR DURING HIS 14 YEAR CAREER. HE AND MONTREAL QUARTERBACK SAM ETCHEVERRY WERE A POWERFUL DUO IN THE MID-1950'S WHEN MONTREAL WAS A POWERHOUSE. ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1956 THEY COMBINED FOR A 109 YARD PASSING PLAY, THE LONGEST POSSIBLE IN CANADIAN FOOTBALL.
PATTERSON WAS THE EASTERN SCORING LEADER IN 1957, AND DURING HIS STELLAR CAREER, SCORED 75 TOUCHDOWNS. HE CAUGHT 460 PASSES FOR 9,473 YARDS AND AN INCREDIBLE 20.6 YARD AVERAGE. PATTERSON WAS THE LEAGUE LEADER IN PASS RECEPTIONS IN 1956, AND TIED FOR THIS RECORD IN 1960.
INDUCTED 1971 - PLAYER