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David Fennell

Football Athlete - Inducted 1995

David Fennell began his football career at Victoria Composite High School in Edmonton. He also played one season with the Edmonton Wildcats of the Alberta Junior Football League before joining the Edmonton Eskimos. He gave himself the ominous nickname "Doctor Death", and throughout his career was one of the leaders of the defensive line known as "Alberta Crude". David Fennell was an All-Canadian defensive tackle and was selected as the Defensive Star of the 1978 Grey Cup Game -- which was the first year of the Edmonton Eskimos' five-year string of Grey Cup victories. He also won the 1978 Schenley Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award; was All-Western and All-Canadian five years in a row; and, Edmonton's Schenley Award nominee for Outstanding Canadian five times, winning in 1979 and being the runner-up in 1980. David Fennell was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1990.