Red O'Quinn was an outstanding receiver for Montreal n the 1950s, playing eight seasons for the Als from 1952 to 1959. O'Quinn played college ball at Wake Forest and spent two years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles.
In many of his years with Montreal, OQuinn teamed up with Hal Patterson to give Montreal an outstanding 1-2 punch of receivers to go with the arm of Sam "the rifle" Etcheverry. Unfortunately, no individual statistics were kept in the East for O'Quinn's first two seasons in 1952 and 1953, so his career totals are incomplete. In 1954, the first season for which stats are avaialable, O'Quinn had 62 catches for 1024 yards which was second best in the East. O'Quinn upped those numbers to 78 catches for 1097 yards in 1955 to lead the East in receiving. Keep in mind, that those stats were also accomplished in the 14 game schedule the East played at that time. O'Quinn led the East in receiving three more times in his career (1957-59 inclusive) and added another thousand plus yards receiving season in 1957.
There were no All-Canadian in the 1950s, but O'Quinn was named to the East All Star team five times in 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1958.
After retiring as a player, O'Qunn became the General Manager of the Ottawa Rough Riders. Then in 1970, after the Alouettes had falled on hard times, O'Quinn along with Sam Etcheverry returned to Montreal as part of the new managment team under new owner Sam Berger. O'Quinn was the GM and his former pivot Etcheverry was the Head Coach. O'Quinn and Etcheverry delivered in that first year with a Montreal Grey Cup. O'Quinn remained as GM for just one more season with the Als. O'Quinn was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
John (Red) O'Quinn passed away on April 21, 2002.
Note: Fumble stats were not kept during the years O'Quinn played.