10/19/2012 06:33 EDT | Updated 12/19/2012 05:12 EST

Former Calgary Stampeders receiver Bill McKenna dies at age 79

CALGARY - Former Calgary Stampeders receiver Bill McKenna has died, the club announced Friday. He was 79.

McKenna played six seasons with Calgary between the 1955 and 1963. He had 88 receptions for 1,436 yards and 10 touchdowns and also saw action on defence.

McKenna set a league record with a 104-yard reception on a pass from Don Klosterman in 1955. The mark has since been broken, but remains the fourth-longest passing pass in franchise history.

McKenna, a Boston native, settled in Calgary after his playing career and worked as a geophysicist for Texaco Canada for 35 years.

He was chosen in the seventh round of the 1955 National Football League draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.