Cookie received that nickname as a child as he liked to eat sweet foods. He played High School football at Har-Brack High School in Natrona Heights, PA. He began his professional career with the Ontario Rugby Football Union in 1954 playing for Sarnia. In 1955, he played for Kitchener-Waterloo and from 1956-1957. He played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1957, helping them win the Grey Cup. He joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders for 1958 and was selected to the CFL All-star team. He then played 3 years with the Toronto Argonauts and in 1962 joined the Buffalo Bills. Cookie was there 3 years, and also played for Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins.
Cookie was invited to be inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame for his outstanding performances while in the Canadian Football League, but refused acceptance.
CFL All-Star – each year from 1956 to 1960
CFL Outstanding Player Award –Runner-up
Cookie passed away on January 10, 2011 in Pennsylvania. He was 75.
Life in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Roughriders – 1958
Charlton Chester “Cookie” Gilchrist was born on May 25, 1935 in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania. He passed away January 10, 2011 in Philadelphia.