2010 - Duncan Kerr
For Duncan Kerr the love of football was born in the "sand lot" in after school pickup games.
"I loved to play", Duncan says " It was just a group of friends going at each other."
When a friend asked him to join his team, Budget Rent a Car, in 1978, the second year of the Touch Football league, he accepted.
A season later Duncan formed the Bombers, and thus began a lifetime of excellence at the quarterback position. He was always a pocket quarterback but he could run, "throwing was always first; running was desperation time….I taught myself and have never read a defence. I preferred to make the defence react to what we were doing."
He played with the Bombers for 8 or 9 seasons and then played for the Chargers for another 10 seasons… "teams come and go and we would have to reform the core a few times."
His accomplishments in the 80s didn't go unnoticed… he was named MVP of the league 3 times. Five time he was named the Most Valuable Player in Provincials, twice in the April Fools tournament and two times in The Victoria tournament.
In 1985 his team beat the Dolphins to win Provincials. And six times he lead his team to Nationals, one year the team finished fourth in the country. Duncan would play in 24 Touch Bowl (Nationals) games and 14 times he was named Player of the Game.
He demanded a lot from himself. One year in Kelowna he played with a damaged hand that was useless, so he had to catch the snaps with one hand, twirl the ball to find the laces and then throw, all with the same hand.
He doesn't remember that game, but those who played against him, including Mike Vargas, say it was an inspiring performance.
But Duncan remembers a worse time in Kelowna, where he played with broken ribs. He was punched in the chest by the rusher after a throw, "that was a lot harder and I had a lot of pain killers."
Why did he play?
"I love to compete and I enjoyed football" he says.
What made him a good QB?
"Good leadership skills and a grasp of how to work within my many limitations.
"I used to be quite fiery and demanded a lot of my teammates… but as I got older I got more laid back."
So when the Raiders, an intermediate team, that Duncan had gone to Kelowna with a few times came calling he accepted the step down from top flight. "The Raiders were less competitive and had a good group of guys."
Such a good group that Duncan played 15 years with the team before retiring in 2010.
He decided to retire because he was, in his own words, "out of shape." Five years earlier he had retired fromt he other sports he played; basketball, hockey and baseball.
"Football I could play while being out of shape." But it was never easy " Every time I thought I was any good and could cruise I would get destroyed.
"I'm just a golfer now" he says. But anyone who has ever seen him play football knows he was never "just" another quarterback. He was one of the best to ever play in our league.
"My fav was some young punk from Coquitlam cheap shotting Dunc near the end of the half during spring playoffs. They were winning at the time, Dunc got mad and spent the rest of the game running the pass rusher ragged..... until right at the end of the game.... Dunc just stood there and waited to score while the youngster was totally gassed... and could't rush anymore.. Dunc waited until the receiver [Al ] was so open he could throw him the winning touchdown with no one within 15 yards of him in the endzone. OF course this was when Dunc was still in shape....... like in his mid 40's. ....THE KID WAS 20 SOMETHING AND DRESSED IN SPANDEX......This , of course was the same team who wondered why we did hardly any warmups...."
Doug Isaac #2
He always said he could throw it the length of the field ala Randall Cunningham “ of course it would be 4 throws”
Also if he ever punted, which was rarely, it was inevitably a “ No yards penalty on the kicker”