CANADIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

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* ISBISTER, BOB Sr., Elected as a Player, November 25, 1965.

From 1905 to 1919 he was a solid performer for the Hamilton Tigers and renowned for his all-round ability, defensive qualities and sportsmanship. Following his playing days he became a Referee in the Interprovincial and Intercollegiate Unions, President of the Big Four and later a member of the Board of Governors for Hamilton in 1933.

 

 

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JACKSON, RUSS, Elected as a Player, May 16, 1973.

A three-time Schenley Winner as Most Outstanding Player, a four-time Schenley Winner as Most Outstanding Canadian, a six-time All-Eastern All-Star and a three-time All-Canadian All-Star Jackson was instrumental in Ottawa reaching the Grey Cup finals four times, winning three of them including his farewell game in 1969.

 

* JACOBS, JACK "INDIAN", Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

He came to Winnipeg in 1950 and earned All-Western All-Star honours as Quarterback in 1950 and 1952. He gave Winnipeg a decade of excitement and rewrote Western Canada records completing 710 passes for 11,094 yards and 104 touchdowns.

 

* JAMES, EDDIE "DYNAMITE", Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

Dynamite, as he was called, was a 60-minute player who was at ease either on Offence or Defence. He was a star with Winnipeg, the Regina Pats, Winnipeg St. Johns and the Regina Roughriders through the 1920s and early 1930s.

 

JAMES, GERRY, Elected as a Player, January 6, 1981.

Son of Eddie Dynamite James, Gerry joined the Blue Bombers as a 17-year-old and was a regular the next season. The first winner of the Schenley All-Canadian Award, he won it again in 1957. A talented rusher, he combined his football career with several seasons of hockey with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

JOHNSON, ALONDRA, Elected as a Player, April 7, 2009.

Alondra Johnson’s CFL career began in 1989 when he signed as a free agent with the BC Lions.   That year he was the Lions’ nominee for Top Defensive Player.  In 1991 he signed with the Calgary Stampeders as a free agent.  He was a Western Division All-star in 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, and 2000.  He was a Northern Division All-star in 1995.  He was All-Canadian in 1995, 1998, 2000.  He has won three Grey Cup rings in 1995, 1998, 2000.  He was voted defensive player of the game in the 1998 Grey Cup game after achieving seven defensive tackles, a record at that time.  In 2002, he surpassed the career mark of 1,000 defensive tackles.    He is second of all-time in defensive tackles with 1,084.

 

* JONES, HARVEY (TYRONE), Elected posthumously as a Player, October 16, 2011 (Induction year 2012).

Tyrone Jones is being inducted posthumously after passing away June 10, 2008 at the age of 46 after a three year battle with brain cancer.  He was a divisional All-Stars five times (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990), CFL All-Star three times ( 1985, 1986, 1987), CFL Most Valuable Defensive Player in 1985, and Most Valuable Defensive Player in the 1984 Grey Cup.  Jones signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1983 and in 1984, he and the Bombers where Grey Cup Champions.  He was chosen as the Most Valuable Defensive Player in the Grey Cup, as well as being named a Western and CFL All-Star for the first time in his career.  By the 1985 season, Tyrone Jones had established himself as one of the premier linebackers in the CFL and was voted Most Outstanding Defensive Player, as well as Western and CFL All-Star for the third year in a row.  The 1987 season would be Jones last the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before taking a year and a half hiatus from Canadian football.  That year he was winner of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Bert Oja Award for Most Valuable Lineman, as well as being voted the Most Popular Defensive Player by fans for a second straight season.  Jones would return to the Blue Bombers half away through the 1989 season.  Jones led the Blue Bombers defensive unit in 1990, once again a divisional all-star and securing his second Grey Cup Championship.   Jones would spend his final two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the BC Lions.  At the time of his retirement, he was second for Most Sacks in a Grey Cup Game with 4, held the Blue Bomber record for Most Sacks in a career with 98 and Most Sacks in a single game with 4.5.

 

JURASIN, BOBBY, Elected as a Player, January 26, 2006.

Although he played only eight games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in his first year in the CFL, Bobby Jurasin was nominated the team’s outstanding rookie.  Over the next 12 years and 199 regular-season games he continued earning laurels for his performance at defensive end.  His coaches would sometimes switch him from rush end to weak-side end or insert him on the Roughriders’ short-yardage offence.  Jurasin won Western All-Star honours six times and was a CFL All-Star four times.  He played in two Grey Cup games and was on the winning team in 1989.  When he retired, Jurasin was third among CFL sack leaders (142) and his 22 sacks stood sixth overall among single-season marks.

 

 

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* KABAT, GREG, Elected as a Player, November 24, 1966.

Another prominent figure in Winnipeg's first Grey Cup victory in 1935. This Quarterback, Guard, Flying Wing and Fullback also was an expert place-kicker and blocker. Kabat later coached the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1941.

 

KAPP, JOE, Elected as a Player, March 16, 1984.

Twice an All-Canadian All-Star Quarterback and twice an All-Western All-Star, Kapp played eight years in the CFL initially with Calgary and for almost six seasons with B.C. He passed for 22,925 yards and guided the Lions to their first Grey Cup win in 1964.

 

KEELING, JERRY, Elected as a Player, June 3, 1989.

Played 15 consecutive seasons in the CFL and 229 games as a Defensive Back and Quarterback with Calgary (1961-72), Ottawa (1973-75) and Hamilton (1975). Was a CFL All-Star at Defensive Back in 1964, 1965 and 1967 and a Western All-Star from 1964 to 1968. Led his club to four Grey Cups, winning two (1971, 1973) and losing the others (1968, 1970). Combined with fellow Hall of Famer, Terry Evanshen, to tie the CFL record for the longest completed pass, 109 yards, at Winnipeg, in 1968.

 

KELLY, BRIAN, Elected as a Player May 11, 1991.

The clever wide receiver, affectionately called "Howdy Doody" by his team mates, was a 5'9" dynamo during his career which lasted though the 1987 season. During his nine-year career, Brian Kelly caught 575 passes for a CFL record 11,169 yards and scored 586 points. His 97 career touchdowns were second only to George Reed's all-time TD total of 137 in the CFL record book at the time of his induction. Co-holder of the Grey Cup record for most touchdowns, along with fellow Hall of Famer Hal Patterson, with five.

 

KELLY, ELLISON, Elected as a Player on October 24, 1992.

He joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the 1960 season. He was an All-Eastern All-Star from 1961 to '64 and was selected All-Canadian guard in 1964. He also received All-Star honours at tackle from 1968 to '71, earning All-Canadian honours in 1969 and '70. The Tiger-Cats won 3 Grey Cup Championships during his tenure in Hamilton. During his 13-year career, he never missed a game, playing in 175 consecutive regular season games.

 

KEPLEY, DANNY RAY, Elected as a Player on April 15, 1996.

Was a key member of the Eskimos' defensive unit from 1975-1984 at the linebacker position. He was part of an Eskimo squad which captured five straight Grey Cup Championships between 1978 and 1982. He was named to both the Western and CFL All-Star teams for five consecutive years (1977-81) and was named as the Schenley Award winner as the League's top defensive player in 1977, 1980 and 1981.

 

* KEYS, EAGLE, Elected as a builder on April 28, 1990.

He came to the Canadian Football League as a Player in 1949 and remained involved with the League for more than a quarter century. Best remembered as a player for his final game (the Eskimos' 1954 Grey Cup triumph) when he played on a broken leg. He coached Edmonton from 1959 until 1963, became an assistant coach with Saskatchewan in 1964 and was promoted to Head Coach in 1965. He was picked as Coach of the Year in 1968. In 1970, the Roughriders finished with a mark of 14 wins and 2 losses, a CFL record that stood until 1989 when Edmonton went 16-2. Keys resigned at the end of that season and coached B.C. from 1971 until partway through the 1975 season.

 

KIMBALL, NORMAN H., Elected as a Builder, May 11, 1991.

His affiliation with the Edmonton Eskimos began in 1961 when he became their minor football coordinator and continued through the '85 season. Was Chairman of the CFL General Managers for three years, beginning in 1971, and made a significant contribution while serving on numerous committees. From 1975 he headed the Player Relations Committee which negotiated agreements with the CFL Players' Association. On March 4, 1986 became part owner, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Football Club and Company Limited. Kimball remained with the Montreal organization until the team folded on June 24, 1987.

 

KNIGHT, DAVE ‘TUFFY’, Elected as a Builder, February 19, 2007.

Dave Knight amassed an All-Time record of 163-79-4 while serving as head coach at Wilfrid Laurier University (formerly Waterloo Lutheran) from 1966-1983 and the University of Waterloo from 1988-1997.  Knight’s 153 regular-season victories were the most in Canadian university history until 2003, when Larry Haylor

surpassed his record.  Dave Knight was chosen as Coach-Of-The-Year in Canadian College Football (CIAU and later, CIS) an unprecedented three times, in 1972, 1979 and 1989.  Dave Knight won five (of six) Ontario championships with WLU in 1966, 1968, 1972, 1973 and 1978 and advanced to the Vanier Cup in 1966, 1968 and 1972.

 

* KRAMER, R.A. (BOB), Elected as a Builder, May 2, 1987.

He guided the Saskatchewan Roughriders through some of their most trying times, serving as President from 1951-53 and 1961-65, leaving the Club much stronger through his leadership.

 

* KROL, JOE, Elected as a Player, November 27, 1963.

One of Canada's greatest players in a career which went from 1932 to 1953. Joe King Krol to Royal Copeland became a well-known one-two punch often referred to as the Gold Dust Twins, Krol, a precision pivot starred in high school and university ball. He joined the Argos in 1945 and played on five Grey Cup winners to go along with one in '43 with Hamilton.

 

KWONG, NORMIE, Elected as a Player, November 28, 1969.

"The China Clipper" played 13 seasons with Calgary and Edmonton. In 11 years of recorded statistics, he gained 9,022 yards with a 5.2-yard average. Combined with another great, Johnny Bright, Kwong gave the Eskimos a dynamic backfield which resulted in three consecutive Grey Cup wins (1954-55-56).

 

 

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* LANCASTER, RON, Elected as a Player, May 28, 1982.

Four times an All-Canadian All-Star and seven times an All-Western All-Star, this Quarterback starred 19 seasons in the CFL, three with Ottawa and 16 with Saskatchewan. Winner of the Schenley Award as Most Outstanding Player in 1970 and 1976, he still holds a number of passing records.

 

LAPOINTE, ÉRIC , Elected as a Player, October 16, 2011 (Induction year 2012).

Many consider Eric LaPointe to be the greatest CIAU running back of all time.  Eric was with the Mount Allison Mounties from 1995 to 1998.  In just 28 games, Lapointe racked up a total of 4,666 career yards, only 29 yards short of the CIAU record at the time. He also set an Atlantic University Sports single season record with 1,619 rushing yards.  He had a career total of 31 touchdowns. He won the Hec Crighton Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player in CIAU in both 1996 and 1998.  He was also CIAU Rookie of the Year in 1995 and Most Outstanding Player in the Atlantic Conference in both 1996 and 1998. As a three time All-Canadian, he played an integral role in winning the AUAA Championship in 1997.  In 2005, a Canadian University fan poll selected Lapointe as the best university football player of all time. Following his four years at Mount Allison, Éric Lapointe would go on to have a successful professional career with the Montreal Alouettes.  He is also a member of the Mount Allison Sports Hall of Fame.

 

* LAWSON, SMIRLE, Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

This great plunging Halfback was hailed as the Original Big Train. He starred for the University of Toronto's Grey Cup victories in 1909 and 1910 and later stood out for the Big Four Argos in their win in 1914.

 

* LEADLAY, FRANK R. "PEP", Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

He captained Queen's and the Hamilton Tigers in a dynamic career which brought this Backfielder joy with five Intercollegiate championships and three successive Grey Cups with Queen's plus two more Grey Cups with the Tigers, the last of which came in 1929.

 

* LEAR, LES, Elected as a Player, May 6, 1974.

The first Canadian developed player to go to the NFL (he played Guard with Cleveland, LA Rams and Detroit), he was also a member of three Grey Cup winners (Winnipeg in 1939 and 1941 and Calgary in 1948). Lear coached the unbeaten Stampeders to their first Grey Cup win in 1948.

 

LEHMANN, KEN, Elected as a Player, February 11, 2011

Lehmann played middle linebacker for the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1964 to 1971.  A mainstay of the Ottawa defense, Lehmann participated in a total of three Grey Cup games with the Rough Riders, and won back to back championships in 1968 and 1969.  He was chosen as an Eastern All-Star five times throughout his career and All-Canadian four times.  In 1966, Lehmann was the Eastern finalist for the Schenley Most Outstanding Linemen Award and subsequently won the award in 1968. 

 

LEWIS, LEO, Elected as a Player, May 16, 1973.

"The Lincoln Locomotive" played 11 seasons with the Blue Bombers ending in 1965. The six-time All-Star rushed for 8,861 yards and averaged 6.6 yards. He also returned kick-offs for 5,444 yards and a 29.1-yard average.

 

* LIEBERMAN, M.I. "MOE", Elected as a Builder, May 16, 1973.

Active in football for more than 60 years as a player, manager, official and executive, he made his mark with the Eskimos. As President of the Eskimos, they won the Grey Cup in 1955 and 1956. He also was active in the formation of the Edmonton Alumni Club.

 

* LUNSFORD, EARL, Elected as a Player, May 13, 1983.

The Earthquake as this Fullback was called played six seasons for the Calgary Stampeders and became the first player in the history of pro football to rush for a mile in one season (1,794 yards in 1961). He was an All-Western All-Star three times and an All-Canadian All- Star once.

 

LUSTER, MARV, Elected as a player on April 28, 1990.

He began his career with the Montreal Alouettes in 1961, then joined the Toronto Argonauts midway through 1964 and played there until '72. He rejoined the Alouettes until the end of his career in 1974. He was an Eastern All-Star in 1961-62. Throughout his career he played Defensive Back and received Eastern All-Star recognition from 1966 to '72 and was a CFL All-Star six times. In the final game of his career he suited up for Montreal's 1974 Grey Cup winning team. As a testament to the tremendous respect he had earned, Montreal Head Coach Marv Levy dressed Luster for the '74 Grey Cup Championship even though he had not played since the 11th game of the regular season.

 

* LUZZI, DON, Elected as a Player August 17, 1986.

An inspirational leader of the Calgary Stampeders from 1958 to 1969, Luzzi was a three-time CFL All-Star. He was named a Western All-Star seven times. The 1958 winner of the Schenley Most Outstanding Lineman award, Luzzi played both as an offensive and defensive tackle.

 

 

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