CANADIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

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ELGAARD, RAY, Elected as a player, March 6, 2002.

Ray Elgaard was selected in the second round (12th overall) by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 1983 CFL College Draft. He played his entire fourteen year CFL career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the position of slotback. He won many awards and honours throughout his career including being named CFL All-Star four times, Western All-Star six times, selected the Schenley Most Outstanding Canadian Player three times and was the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy winner three times. Elgaard remains second in League history to obtain the most pass receiving yards in his career with 830 receptions for 13,198 yards, and 78 touchdowns.

 

* ELIOWITZ, ABE, Elected as a Player, November 28, 1969.

The first Ottawa player to win the Jeff Russell Trophy, this Fullback-Halfback was four times an All-Star with Ottawa in 1934 and 1935 along with Montreal in 1936 and 1937.

 

* EMERSON, E.K. (EDDIE), Elected as a Player, November 27, 1963.

He served the Ottawa Football Club as a player for 23 seasons (1912 to 1937) and was President of the Rough Riders in 1930-31 along with 1947-48-49-50-51.

 

ESTAY, RON, Elected as a Player, February 6, 2003.

Ron Estay began his CFL career as a B.C. Lion in 1972. This outstanding defensive end was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos in 1973 and quickly became the defensive captain of the team for four seasons.  Estay was a two time CFL All-Star in 1977 and 1980, and Western All-Star four times in 1973, 1977, 1978 and 1980.  He played in nine Grey Cup championships and was on the winning end six times.  Ron Estay retired in 1982 after nine years in the CFL.  He has since been recognized for his contributions to football through his induction into the Louisiana State University Hall of Fame and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

 

* ETCHEVERRY, SAM, Elected as a Player, November 28, 1969.

The Rifle, as he was known, set assorted passing records in nine seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. In seven years of recorded statistics, he passed for 25,582 yards and 174 touchdowns, winning the Schenley Award in 1954 and the Jeff Russell Trophy in 1954 and 1958.

 

EVANSHEN, TERRY, Elected as a Player, March 16, 1984.

This sure-handed Wide Receiver, Split End and Flanker spent 14 seasons with Montreal, Calgary, Hamilton and Toronto, catching 600 passes for 9,697 yards and 80 TDs. He twice won the Schenley as the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian, earned All-Conference All-Star honours six times and All-Canadian selection once.

 

 

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* FALONEY, BERNIE, Elected as a Player, May 6, 1974.

His CFL career began in 1954 when he and Jackie Parker quarterbacked Edmonton to the Grey Cup victory. From 1957 to 1964 he led Hamilton to seven Grey Cup finals, winning the Schenley as the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 1961. Faloney moved to Montreal in 1965 and ended his career two years later with B.C.

 

* FEAR, A.H. "CAP", Elected as a Player, November 30, 1967.

Another all-round athlete, this Outside Wing earned All-Star honours six times in a standout career with the Argos (1919 to 1926), Montreal (1926 to 1928) and Hamilton (1928 to 1932).

 

FENNELL, DAVE, Elected as a Player on April 28, 1990.

"Doctor Death" was a stalwart on the Edmonton Eskimos' Defensive Line from 1974 to 1983. He was a major cog on the Eskimo team that won five consecutive Grey Cups from 1978 to 1982 as well as one in 1975. He was the Defensive Star of the 1978 Grey Cup, and the Defensive and Canadian Star of the 1982 Championship. He was a CFL and Western All-Star at Defensive Tackle from 1977 to 1981 and the Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 1978. He won the Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1979 and was Runner-up in 1980.

 

FERRARO, JOHN, Elected as a Player, November 24, 1966.

He excelled as a Punter, Place-kicker, Quarterback, Fullback, Defensive specialist and Coach with Hamilton and Montreal from 1934 through the early 1940s. His play did not escape the eye of Lew Hayman who selected Ferraro to his All-Canadian Team of that era.

 

FIELDGATE, NORM, Elected as a Player, June 30, 1979.

He played for the B.C. Lions from 1954 to 1967 - the lone Lion original in 1954 to celebrate the club's first Grey Cup victory in 1964. An All-Canadian once and All-Western All-Star three times, he played more than 200 games as Offensive End, Defensive End, Corner Linebacker and Defensive Back.

 

FLEMING, WILLIE, Elected as a Player, May 28, 1982.

Willie The Wisp earned All-Western All-Star honours three times and All-Canadian Team recognition once. He is the first CFLer to rush for a career mark in excess of seven yards per carry and in 1963 he rushed for a 9.7-yard average as the Lions reached their first Grey Cup Game.

 

FLUTIE, DARREN, Elected as a Player, February 19, 2007.

Darren Flutie joined the B.C. Lions midway through the 1991 season making an instant impression in his first eight CFL games by catching 52 passes for 860 yards and six touchdowns.  In four more seasons with B.C., Flutie exceeded 1,000 receiving yards three times, a landmark he surpassed nine times in his 12-year CFL career.  Flutie signed a free-agent pact with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1995.  After two seasons in Edmonton, during which Flutie gained more than 1,300 yards per season, Flutie spent five seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before retiring after the 2002 season and becoming an analyst for CBC television.  Darren Flutie played 193 regular-season games, catching 972 passes for 14,359 yards and 66 touchdowns.  He won Grey Cups with B.C. in 1994 and Hamilton in 1999.  Flutie was chosen Western All-Star in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1997, Eastern All-Star in 1998 and 1999, CFL All-Star in 1996, 1997 and 1999.

 

FLUTIE, DOUG, Elected as a Player,, April 2, 2008.

 

Playing Career:

B.C. Lions: 1990-1991

Calgary Stampeders: 1992-1996

Toronto Argonauts: 1996-1997

 

Awards and Honours:

Heisman Trophy: 1984

CFL Most Outstanding Player: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997

CFL All-Star: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997

Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

Terry Evanshen Trophy: 1996, 1997

Voted No. 1 CFL Player of All Time by TSN: 2006

Canadian Sports Hall of Fame: 2007

College Football Hall of Fame: 2007

Grey Cup Participation: 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997

Grey Cup Wins: 1992, 1996, 1997

 

Born October 23, 1962 in Manchester (Catonsville), Maryland, Doug Flutie played college football at Boston College. His “Hail Mary” touchdown pass in a game vs. Miami on November 23, 1984 is considered among the greatest moments in college football and American sports history. In 1985, Flutie was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL draft but instead played that year for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL. In 1986, he played for the Chicago Bears and from 1987 to 1989, played for the New England Patriots.

 

Flutie signed with the B.C. Lions in 1990 and in 1991, threw for a record 6,619 yards on 466 completions. In 1992, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders, who he led to victory in the 1992 Grey Cup. Flutie’s 48 touchdown passes in 1994 remains a CFL record. He played with the Stampeders until 1996, when he signed with the Toronto Argonauts, leading them to back-to-back Grey Cup victories in 1996 and 1997. He left the CFL with career passing yards of 41,355 and 270 touchdowns.

 

Flutie returned to the NFL in 1998 with the Buffalo Bills, played for the San Diego Chargers from 2001 to 2004, and finished his football career in 2005 as a member of the New England Patriots.

 

Doug established The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. in honour of his son, Doug Jr. Doug, his wife Laurie, daughter Alexa, and son live in the Boston area and he is currently a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports.

 

FLYNN, CHRIS, Elected as a Player, February 11, 2011.

Chris Flynn quarterbacked Saint Mary’s University Huskies from 1987 to 1990.  Flynn led Saint Mary’s to a 27-2 regular season record; four AUAA championships; and two Vanier Cup appearances. He was a four-time AUAA All-Star QB; three time CIAU All-Canadian QB; CIAU records for most TD passes in a season and career; leading rusher QB in CIAU history; He won the Hec Crighton Trophy three times for Most Outstanding Player. 

 

“We would like to thank the Selection Committee for their continued commitment and dedication, their efforts make this possible. This was the first Class selected under the new terms of reference in which we recognized all levels of Football in Canada.  We are very pleased to see significant amateur representation in the 2011 class remarked” Steve Howse Chairman of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum.

 

“It is an honour for CIS to be part of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame recognition,” said CIS Chief Executive Officer, Marg McGregor. “It offers outstanding visibility to the deserving inductees, and it is great to see the Hall recognize the important role of university football in Canada.”

 

“Chris Flynn is one of the best athlete’s to ever come out of Saint Mary’s University and arguably the best football player to ever come out of the CIS.  His accomplishments are unmatched; winning three consecutive Hec Creighton Awards and the excitement he brought to Saint Mary’s University is legendary." remarked Steve Sarty Director of Athletics & Recreation.

 

* FORSTER, SIDNEY "SID", Elected as a Builder, April 27, 2001.

Sid Forster devoted his life to football at the amateur level. He became a legend in Sudbury where he spent 28 seasons as head coach of the Sudbury Spartans of the Northern Football Conference, leading his team to the Northern Football Conference Championships twelve times. Forster was also involved with high school football and was instrumental in forming the Joe MacDonald Youth Football League in Sudbury in 1993. Sid Forster served in the executive capacity for the Northern Football Conference as President in 1977, Past President in 1978, Secretary in 1989 and 1990 and was the NFC delegate to Football Ontario from 1978 to 1983. Forster received many awards and honours recognizing the significant contributions he made to amateur football.

 

* FOULDS, WILLIAM C., Elected as a Builder, June 19, 1963.

A brilliant player with the University of Toronto in 1909 and 1910 and excellent Coach of the Grey Cup bound Argonauts in 1911 and 1914, it was Foulds who put up $4,000 to make the first East-West Grey Cup Game in 1921 possible. He unselfishly also served the Canadian Rugby Union in many capacities over a long period of time.

 

* FRACAS, GINO, Elected as a Builder, February 11, 2011.

In 1967 Fracas became the first ever Head Coach of the University of Windsor Lancer Football program.  He led the Lancers to the CCIFC championship in 1969, an OUAA Championship in 1975 and he was the OUAA coach of the year in both 1976 and 1977.  For his all-around excellence on the football field, Coach Fracas became an inaugural member of the Ontario University Athletics Football Legends Wall of Fame as a player, coach and administrator.  In addition, the Canadian University (CIS) Football Volunteer Coach of the Year award is named in his honour.  In 1987, Fracas received the prestigious Football Canada/CFL Award of Merit for outstanding lifetime contribution to football in Canada.  Also a professor at the university, Fracas was one of the most well known figures both on the Lancer campus and in the community.  In 1995, he retired after 28 successful years from the Faculty of Human Kinetics.  Gino Fracas passed away in October of 2009 at the age of 79.

 

FRANK, BILL, Elected as a Player, April 27, 2001.

Bill Frank began his CFL career with the B.C. Lions in 1962 where he played the offensive and defensive tackle positions. He remained with the team until 1964. After a brief stint with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL, Frank joined the Toronto Argonauts in 1965 where he was selected 3 straight years to the CFL All-Star team. At the beginning of the 1969 season, he was in Western Canada again with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where his tremendous strength on the Bomber front line earned him the position of offensive captain and the nickname "Head Hog". Bill Frank was CFL All-Star seven times, Eastern All-Star three times and Western All-Star four times. He also won many other awards and honours recognizing his achievements during his fifteen year CFL career.

 

* FULTON, GREGORY B., Elected as a Builder June 18, 1995.

He was the first statistician for the Calgary Stampeders in 1950, and in 1966, he compiled the CFL's first Official Record Manual. In 1964, he became a member of the CFL Rules Committee and three years later, he was hired by Commissioner Keith Davey to fulfill the duties of Secretary-Treasurer of the CFL. In 1990, he was the recipient of the very first Commissioner's Award.

 

 

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GABRIEL, ANTHONY PETER (TONY), Elected as a Player, August 18, 1984.

His remarkable 11-year career ended in 1981 with eight All-Canadian and All-Eastern honours to his credit. He ranks fourth in pass receptions and pass reception yardage. This determined Tight End with Hamilton and Ottawa was Schenley winner as the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 1978 and four times he won the Schenley as Most Outstanding Canadian.

 

GAINES, GENE, Elected as a Player, 1994.

He began his Canadian pro career with the Montreal Alouettes in 1961 as a wing back on offence and a defensive halfback. In 1962, he was traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders where he remained until '69. He returned to the Alouettes in 1970 to play defensive back and become Montreal's defensive backfield coach and continued in the dual role of player/coach through the 1976 season. Gaines played 217 games, 161 of them consecutive, over a 16-season period. In total, he appeared in six Grey Cup championships, three with each club and winning a total of four. Was a five-time All-Eastern All-Star and a three-time CFL All-Star DB. He was also the recipient of the Jeff Russell Memorial Trophy in 1966 as the Eastern Division's Most Outstanding Player.

 

* GALL, HUGH, Elected as a Player, November 27, 1963.

He could kick with either foot and from 1908 through 1912 this Backfielder with the University of Toronto earned his place into the Hall of Fame. In the 1909 inaugural Grey Cup against Parkdale, Gall scored one touchdown and kicked eight singles.

 

* GAUDAUR, JACOB GILL "JAKE", Elected as a Builder, March 16, 1984.

For almost 50 years, he has given much to Canadian football at the Senior and Professional levels. He spent 16 years as Commissioner of the CFL after a long association as player and executive with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was also one of the key figures in the founding of The Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum.

 

GEORGE, ED, Elected as a Player, October 1, 2005.

Ed George won a Grey Cup in 1970, his first year with the Montreal Alouettes, and in 1974, his last season with the Alouettes. In each of those five seasons he was named an Eastern Football Conference All-Star, as a tackle in 1970-1972 and as a guard in 1973-1974. After being named to the CFL's All-Star team in 1971 and 1972, he switched from left tackle to left guard and was again named to the League's All-Star team in 1973 and 1974. He became a free agent in 1975 and spent four seasons in the NFL before returning to the CFL in 1978 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Through two seasons with the Tiger-Cats he played 34 games, and advanced to the 1980 Grey Cup game before his seven-year career ended.

 

GIBSON, FRANK. M, Elected in the Builders category on April 15, 1996.

Began his involvement in Hamilton football in 1950 when he became a member of the Board of Directors for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats acting as the Secretary-Treasurer, a post he held until 1977. A trophy, bearing his name, was instituted by the CFL in 1977 recognizing the Outstanding Rookie in the Eastern Division.

 

GOLAB, TONY, Elected as a Player, November 26, 1964.

For a decade he was the Golden Boy of Canadian football with the Ottawa Rough Riders. One of the game's great Backfielders, he won the Jeff Russell Trophy in 1941 and was a Big Four All-Star three times. Despite suffering serious wounds to the arms and legs during World War II, Golab returned to star with Ottawa until 1950.

 

GRANT, HARRY PETER "BUD", Elected as a Builder, May 13, 1983.

The first pro football coach to win 100 games in his first 10 years of coaching became a force in the CFL and NFL. An All-Star Offensive End with Winnipeg on three occasions, he also picked off five interceptions in one game. He coached Winnipeg to six Grey Cup Games, winning four times, before becoming Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 1967.

 

* GRANT, TOMMY, Elected as a Player, June 18, 1995.

The former Schenley Award winner had a career total 54 touchdowns for 324 points and caught 329 passes for 6,542 yards. He and five other CFL players are tied for all-time Grey Cup appearances with nine, earning victories in 1957, 1963, 1965, and 1967.

 

* GRAY, HERBERT, Elected as a Player, June 23, 1983.

This Offensive and Defensive Lineman played beside and for Bud Grant in Winnipeg. He was a Western Conference All-Star Defensive End six times and Western All-Star Guard once. In 1960 he became the first defensive player to win the Schenley Most Outstanding Lineman Award and in 1962 he earned All-Canadian honours.

 

* GREY, LORD ALBERT HENRY GEORGE, Elected as a Builder, June 19, 1963.

Appointed Governor-General of Canada on December 10, 1904, Lord Grey donated the Lord Earl Grey Cup in 1909 as a trophy for the amateur rugby football championship of Canada. The $48 trophy went on to become the symbol of the championship pro football team in Canada.

 

* GRIFFING, DEAN, Elected as Player, November 25, 1965.

This daring Centre loved to ride rival players and fans. But he backed any challenges with determination and thus became one of the most valuable contributors to the growth of football in Regina and Calgary from 1936 to 1956.

 

* GRIFFITH, DR. HARRY CRAWFORD, Elected as a Builder, November 27, 1963.

The Coach of the first official Grey Cup champion in 1909, the University of Toronto. In fact, the University of Toronto under Dr. Griffith won again in 1910.

 

 

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* HALTER, G. SYDNEY, Elected as a Builder, November 24, 1966.

In 1934 he helped Joe Ryan and Frank Hannibal organize the Winnipeg Football Club. Eighteen years later, Halter was named Deputy Commissioner of the Western Interprovincial Football Union and Commissioner in 1953. Several years later, officials of the WIFU and the Big Four amalgamated with Halter becoming first Commissioner of the CFL in 1958, a post he held until retiring in 1966. Member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

 

HAM, TRACY, Elected as a Player February 02, 2010.

The CFL’s Most Outstanding Player in 1989, Tracy Ham starred at quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos, Toronto Argonauts, and Baltimore Stallions before joining the Alouettes.  The Most Outstanding Player in the 1995 Grey Cup game, he held at the time of his retirement the record for Most Rushing Yards by a Quarterback.

 

* HANNIBAL, FRANK, Elected as a Builder, June 19, 1963.

One of the great builders of Western Canada Football, he was Vice-President of Winnipeg in 1934 and President in 1935-36, the final year of which marked the first time a Western Club won the Grey Cup. For nearly 30 years he served football in several capacities.

 

* HANSON, FRITZ, Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

This slightly built flash from North Dakota returned punts for more than 300 yards on seven returns including a 78-yard TD run when Winnipeg won the West's first Grey Cup, 18-12 over the Hamilton Tigers in 1935 right in Hamilton. He starred in many more fine hours for Winnipeg.

 

HARRIS, DICKIE, Elected as a player on May 17, 1999.

His career began in 1972 and finished in 1982 after establishing himself as one of the all-time great defensive backs in Montreal Alouette history. He was a seven time CFL All-Star and the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 1979. He also won two Grey Cups in 1974 and 1977.

 

HARRIS, WAYNE, Elected as a Player August 5, 1976.

His career spanned from 1961 to 1972 and for 11 consecutive seasons the Calgary Middle Linebacker was a Western Conference All-Star. He was an All-Canadian eight times. After losses in two Grey Cup appearances, Harris was MVP in 1971 when Calgary finally won, beating Toronto in the Grey Cup Game.

 

HARRISON, HERMAN, Elected as a player on June 26, 1993.

Nicknamed "Ham", he played tight end for the Calgary Stampeders from 1964 to 1972 and garnered All-star honours in 1965 and from 1967 to 1971. He was named All-Canadian from 1968 to 1970. He participated in three Grey Cup games, winning the last one in 1971.

 

* HAYMAN, LEW, Elected as a Builder, June 28, 1975.

He gave a half century of his life to football service in Canada. As a 25-year-old in 1933, he coached his first of five Grey Cup victories when Toronto edged Sarnia, 4-3. Hayman never lost in a Grey Cup appearance as Head Coach.

 

HELTON, JOHN, Elected as a Player August 17, 1985.

Signed by the Calgary Stampeders in 1969, the nine-time CFL All-Star played 14 seasons in the league, 10 of them with Calgary. Twice he was named the Schenley Most Outstanding Defensive Player (1972 and 1974) and in Winnipeg in 1979 he was the runner-up. Helton was a Western All-Star 12 times and a member of two Grey Cup winners.

 

* HENICK, ED, Elected posthumously as a Builder, February 6, 2003.

A true, devoted football supporter, Ed Henick began his involvement in football at a young age. From high school at Bedford Road in Saskatoon, Henick joined the Saskatoon Hilltops in 1947 as a player for two seasons. He quickly moved into coaching and administration until he became President of the Hilltops in 1963 and 1964. Ed Henick's involvement in football never wavered. He helped form the Saskatoon Minor Flag Football League, was Commissioner of the Kinsmen Tackle Football League, President of Football Saskatchewan, President of the Prairie Junior Football Conference and won more awards and honours than we can list. Mr. Henick passed away on November 24th, 2000 shortly after handing out plaques at the Hilltops year end banquet.

 

HENLEY, GARNEY, Elected as a Player, June 30, 1979.

For 16 seasons until retiring in 1975, he starred with the Tiger-Cats first as a Defensive Back and later as a Wide Receiver. After nine consecutive seasons as an All-Canadian Defensive Back, Henley became an All-Canadian Wide Receiver truly indicative of one of the CFL's All-Time most versatile stars.

 

HIGHBAUGH, LARRY, Elected as a Player, March 10, 2004. 
Throughout his amazing career with the Eskimos, Highbaugh was a leader in many statistical categories.  One of these records was a 118 yard kickoff return in a game held on October 17th, 1976.  This achievement is still the second highest League record in regular season play.  Highbaugh also holds the League’s second highest record for Most Interceptions all-time in the regular season with 66 interceptions. Larry Highbaugh won numerous awards and honours throughout his fourteen year CFL career including CFL All-star honours three times, and Western All-Star four times.  He also played in nine Grey Cup games and was on the winning end six times.  He was part of the great Eskimo dynasty from 1978-1982 and was honoured on the Eskimo Wall of Honour in 1996.

 

HINTON, TOM, Elected as a Player on May 11, 1991.

Played his entire Canadian professional career with the B.C. Lions, a career which spanned 136 games from 1958 through 1966. Made the Western all-star team in his rookie season and was B.C.'s nominee for the Schenley Most Outstanding Lineman Award. In 1963, the country's number one guard became a Canadian citizen, made both the All-Western and All-Canadian All-Star teams and participated in B.C.'s first Grey Cup contest.

 

HOLLOWAY, CONDREDGE, Elected as a player on May 17, 1999.

His career began in Ottawa in 1975 before being traded to the Toronto Argonauts in April 1981. He won the 1982 Schenley award as the CFL's Most Outstanding Player and appeared in three Grey Cup games, winning on two occasions (1976, and 1983). He finished his career in B.C. before retiring in 1987.

 

* HUFFMAN, DICK, Elected as a Player, May 2, 1987.

A versatile two-way Lineman, he was voted All-Western All-Star eight times - five with Winnipeg and three with Calgary.

 

* HUGHES, W.P. (BILLY), Elected as a Builder, May 6, 1974.

He made his mark at Queen's as Head Coach where his clubs won three consecutive Grey Cup Games and 26 league and exhibition games in a row. He coached Hamilton in 1932 and 1933, Ottawa in 1935 and 1936 and Quebec RCAF in 1942-43.

 

 

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