CANADIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

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MATTHEWS, DON, Elected as a Builder, February 11, 2011.

The Don started his professional coaching career as a linebacker coach with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1977 and became the defensive coordinator the following season.  He helped coach the Edmonton Eskimos to five consecutive Grey Cup titles from 1978 through to 1982.  In 1983, Matthews became head coach for the BC Lions.  He coached the Lions to their first Grey Cup appearance in 19 years that season.  In 1985, he coached the team to a Grey Cup victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and earned his first Coach of the Year honour.  In 1994, Matthews was named head coach of the U.S. expansion team, the Baltimore Stallions.  He coached the Stallions to a Grey Cup appearance in 1994 and a Grey Cup victory in 1995.  That same season he became the sixth CFL head coach to record 100 regular season wins.  In 1996, Matthews became head coach of the Toronto Argonauts.  He coached the Argonauts to back-to-back Grey Cup victories in 1996 and 1997.  In 1997, Matthews broke Frank Clair’s record for most regular season coaching wins with 147.  Matthews became head coach of the Montreal Alouettes in 2002 and coached the team to a Grey Cup victory that season and won his fourth Coach of the Year award.  He also coached the Alouettes to Grey Cup appearances in 2003 and 2005.  Matthews coached a total of 22 season and 365 games in the CFL.  At the time of his retirement, he had the most victories of any Coach in CFL history with 231 wins, 133 losses, and 1 tie.  He also holds the record for most Grey Cup wins by a head coach with 5 and most Grey Cup appearances by a head coach with 9.

 

* McBRIEN, HARRY, Elected as a Builder, June 24, 1978.

An original member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, he had early involvements in basketball and football through officiating. He served the Canadian Rugby Union as a Secretary-Treasurer for many years and later became Grey Cup Coordinator for the CFL. Is also a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

 

* McCAFFREY, JAMES P. (JIMMY), Elected as a Builder, November 30, 1967.

One of the most respected General Managers in Canadian Football, he took over the Ottawa Club in 1923 and turned it into a unified success after almost folding. He won four Grey Cups with Ottawa and lost in the final three times.

 

* McCANCE, CHESTER "CHES", Elected as a Player August 5, 1976.

A colourful character and two-way End, he was an All-Western All-Star in 1940 and 1941. He was one of few players to play for Grey Cup winners in the West and the East (Winnipeg in '39 and '41; Montreal in '49).

 

* McCANN, DAVE, Elected as a Builder, November 24, 1966.

An outstanding Quarterback and Halfback with Ottawa from 1907 to the War Years, he later coached Ottawa to Grey Cup wins in 1925 and 1926 before turning to the executive level as Chairman of the Canadian Rugby Union Rules Committee.

 

* McGILL, FRANK, Elected as a Player, November 25, 1965.

One of Montreal's outstanding all-round athletes in the early 1900s when he starred in football, swimming and hockey. In football, he shone with Montreal high school, McGill and the Winged Wheelers, winners of the 1919 Big Four title.

 

McGOWAN, GEORGE, Elected as a Player, February 6, 2003.

George McGowan joined the Edmonton Eskimos in 1971 and played eight years as a receiver with the team. He produced some impressive statistics throughout his career including the most number of pass receptions in 1973 and 1975 with 81 and 98 respectively. McGowan was a CFL All-Star three times and Western All-Star three times. He received the Schenley Most Outstanding Player Award in 1973 and was named the Jeff Nicklin Award Winner as well in 1973. McGowan played in five Grey Cup games in eight years and was on the winning end two times. He retired from CFL action in 1978.

 

McMANUS, DANNY, Elected as a Player, February 11, 2011.

McManus’ storied 17-year CFL career began when he signed as a free agent with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1990.  During his career McManus would suit up for Winnipeg, B.C., Edmonton, Hamilton and Calgary.  With the BC Lions in 1994 McManus took over for injured starting quarterback Kent Austin at halftime in the 82nd Grey Cup and led the Lions to a dramatic victory over the Baltimore Stallions.  In 1999 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, he led the CFL with 28 touchdown passes and 5,334 passing and culminated the season with a Grey Cup victory over Calgary.  He was named the game’s MVP.  On July 25, 2002 McManus threw a career high 513 yards and three touchdowns.  He was only the third player in the Tiger-Cats franchise history to reach the 500 yard passing plateau in a single game.  The 2002 season was also McManus’ eighth consecutive season with over 4,000 passing yards – a CFL record at that time.  At the time of his retirement, Danny McManus was third all-time in CFL passing yards with 53,255 and held the Tiger-Cats’ franchise records for most career passing yards (33,841), most career pass attempts (4,257), most career pass completions (2,368), and most career touchdown passes with 164.

 

McNAUGHTON, DONALD W., Elected as a Builder, May 13, 1994.

McNaughton, noted for his creative, analytical mind, devoted considerable time to the Schenley Outstanding Player Awards, while working for Canadian Schenley Distilleries as Director of Advertising, beginning in 1963. In 1969, He was appointed President of Park-Tilford, a division of Canadian Schenley, and also became President and CEO of Canadian Schenley. He is respected nationally for his hard work and devotion to the Schenley Football Awards, for which he presented the Most Outstanding Player Award from 1969 through '88.

 

* McPHERSON, DON, Elected as a Builder, May 13, 1983.

A driving force behind the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Canadian Rugby Union and the Western Football Conference. He was appointed a Director of the Roughriders in 1949; became President in 1956-57 and served on the Club's Management Committee until his death in 1973.

 

McQUARTERS, ED, Elected as a Player on March 5, 1988.

Played with Saskatchewan from 1966 to 1974. A CFL and Western All-Star in 1967-68-69, Schenley Award Winner as Most Outstanding Lineman in 1967. Lost his left eye in a home workshop accident in 1971 but courageously returned to action on August 27, 1971.

 

* METRAS, JOHNNY, Elected as a Builder, May 24, 1980.

Came to Canada in 1933 to attend St. Michael's College. After two years at Centre he moved to the University of Western Ontario as an Assistant Coach. In 1940 he became Head Coach at Western and in 30 years captured nine league championships with a 106-76-11 record.

 

* MILES, ROLAND "ROLLIE", Elected as a Player, May 24, 1980.

A splendid 11-year performer with the Edmonton Eskimos ending in 1961. He was an All-Western All-Star eight times, three at Running Back, three at Defensive Back and two at Linebacker. He also played in five Grey Cup Games, playing for the winning side three times.

 

MILLS, JIM, Elected as a Player April 7, 2009.

James Mills was signed as free agent with the BC Lions in August 1986.  He was a Western All-Star at the offensive tackle position in 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993.  He was All-Canadian in 1988, 1990, 1991. He also voted the league’s Most Outstanding Lineman two years in a row 1990, 1991.  Mills was signed to Ottawa as a free agent in 1994.  After one year with the Rough Riders, he returned to Vancouver to finish career with the BC Lions in 1995.

 

* MOLSON, PERCIVAL, Elected as a Player, November 27, 1963.

An amazing all-round athlete whose life was cut short in the First World War. He starred for Montreal High School, McGill and the Winged Wheelers and, after graduating from McGill in 1913, he set up a committee to build Graduates Stadium. The venue became Molson Stadium in honour of a great athlete and soldier.

 

MONTFORD, JOE, Elected as a Player, February 11, 2011.

Montford, one of the most feared defensive players of his generation, began his CFL career in 1995 playing one season for the Shreveport Pirates.  He was acquired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after the US dispersal draft in 1996.  With the Ti-Cats, Montford led the league in quarterback sacks from 1998-2000 picking up 20 or more in each of the three seasons.  He was also a part of the Tiger-Cats 1999 Grey Cup winning team.  After a brief stint with the Toronto Argonauts, Montford finished his career with the Edmonton Eskimos where he won his second Grey Cup ring in 2005.  He is fifth all-time in career quarterback sacks with 135 and was voted number 40 on TSN’s Top 50 CFL Players.

 

* MONTGOMERY, KENNETH G., Elected as a Builder, November 26, 1970.

An avid sportsman with involvement in hockey and horse racing. he was one of the founders and road secretary of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club (1938-39), as well as President of the Eskimos (1952-53-54) during which time the Club won its first Grey Cup.

 

MOON, WARREN, Elected as a Player, April 27, 2001.

Schenley Award winner, Warren Moon, spent his entire CFL career with the Edmonton Eskimos, from 1978 to 1983. In 1980, he became the team's starting quarterback and led the team to it's third straight Grey Cup victory. He led the team to the Grey Cup game for three more years in a row, where the team won two of three games. Warren Moon was named to the CFL All-Star team, the Western All-Star team and won the Schenley Most Outstanding Player Award in 1983. It is fitting that Moon finished his career in the CFL in 1983 as the League's leading passer with 380 completions of 664 attempts for 5,648 yards and 31 touchdowns.

 

* MORRIS, FRANK, Elected as a Player, May 13, 1983.

As a tremendous Guard and Defensive Tackle, he played on two teams (Toronto and Edmonton) who put together three consecutive Grey Cup victories. He served the Eskimos as Director of Player Development from 1973 to '88 and celebrated six more Grey Cup wins including five in a row.

 

* MORRIS, TED, Elected as a Player, November 26, 1964.

A staunch Canadian who merited entry into the Hall of Fame as a Player and Builder. He starred nine years for the Argos and later coached them to three consecutive Grey Cup victories (1945-46- 47).

 

MOSCA, ANGELO, Elected as a Player, May 2, 1987.

He played 15 CFL seasons, including nine times in the Grey Cup Game (emerging a winner five times). A CFL All-Star in 1963 and 1970, he was an Eastern All-Star Defensive Tackle five times.

 

* MURPHY, CAL, Elected as a Builder, March 10, 2004. 

Cal Murphy joined the CFL coaching ranks in 1974 with the B.C. Lions under head coach Eagle Keyes, becoming head coach in 1975.  He spent 1977 in Montreal with the Alouettes under Marv Levy and picked up his first Grey Cup win that year.  In 1978 he moved to the Edmonton Eskimos with Hugh Campbell and another five years as Grey Cup Champions. In 1983 Cal was hired by Paul Robson of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and spent 14 years as head coach, general manager, and GM/head coach, and was instrumental in bringing the Grey Cup to Winnipeg in 1991.  The Blue Bombers were in five Grey Cups and won three – 1984, 1988, 1990.  The 1984 win was the first for the team in 22 years. Cal finished his time with the CFL in Regina with the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1997 to 1999.  In 2000 he coached with the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe, followed by a brief time with Chicago Xtreme in the XFL.

 

MURPHY, JAMES, Elected as a Player, February 22, 2000.

James Murphy joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1982 where he played eight seasons with the Club and established himself as the Bomber's all time leading receiver. Murphy set two Club records which still stand today including 116 receptions for 1,746 yards and Most Yards Gained Receiving for 9,036 yards. James Murphy was named CFL All- Star two times, Eastern All-Star four times, Schenley Most Outstanding Player and was the Jeff Nicklin Trophy Winner. James Murphy played in three Grey Cup games winning all three in 1984, 1988 and 1990.

 

 

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NARCISSE, DON, Elected as a Player, February 02, 2010.

Don Narcisse was a tremendous receiver for the Riders, surpassing 1,000 receiving yards in a season seven times.  In that 1989 season, he had 81 receptions and 11 touchdowns, including one in that epic Grey Cup. He was an All-Canadian four times, and was chosen by Saskatchewan fans as the Most Popular Roughrider three times during his 13 season career.

 

* NELSON, ROGER, Elected as a Player, August 17, 1986.

One of the most consistent offensive tackles ever to play in the Canadian Football League, he made consistency his byword. Through the course of his career he gained the reputation of never missing an assignment and four times was named a Western All-Star. In 1959 he was named the Schenley Most Outstanding Lineman. He played 13 seasons for the Edmonton Eskimos between 1954 and 1967.

 

NEUMANN, PETER, Elected as a Player, June 30, 1979.

His career with Hamilton began in 1951 and ended in 1964. This masterful Defensive End was nine times named an All-Eastern All-Star including a stretch of seven years in a row. He was also an All- Canadian in 1964.

 

* NEWTON, JACK, Elected as a Builder, November 26, 1964.

Another Canadian football great who qualified as a Player-Builder based on more than 50 years of service to the sport. Noted as a leader, his part in the University of Toronto's 1909 Grey Cup win merely proved success followed him wherever he went.

 

* NETTLES, RAY, Elected as a Player October 1, 2005.

Ray Nettles joined the B.C. Lions at the beginning of the 1972 season. He was named to the Western Football Conference's All-Star teams each of his first three years with B.C., making the CFL All-Star squad in 1972 and 1973. In 1973 he also won the Schenley Award as the CFL's oustanding lineman. Nettles was traded to the Toronto Argonauts in 1977. In addition to being named Toronto's outstanding defensive player he was an Eastern Football Conference All-Star in 1977, and won the honour again in 1978 as a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  Nettles completed his 122-game career with a series of one-year stints with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1978), Ottawa Rough Riders (1979) and Calgary Stampeders (1980).

 

 

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* O'QUINN, JOHN "RED", Elected as a Player, January 6, 1981.

An All-Eastern All-Star five times, he set numerous pass catching records with the Montreal Alouettes despite the fact statistical records were not available for the 1952 and 1953 seasons. In six seasons records were kept he averaged 62.8 receptions per year.

 

 

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PAJACZKOWSKI, TONY, Elected as a Player on March 5, 1988.

Played with Calgary from 1955 to 1965; spent 1966-67 with the Montreal Alouettes. Paj was a CFL All-Star Guard in 1962-63-64-65 and had six Western All-Star honours plus one Eastern Division All-Star honour. Schenley Most Outstanding Canadian in 1961.

 

* PARKER, JACKIE, Elected as a Player, November 25, 1971.

The Fast Freight from Mississippi State or Ole Spaghetti Legs starred for the Edmonton Eskimos from 1954 to 1962, the Argos from 1963 to 1965 and B.C. Lions from 1966 to 1968. He played on three Grey Cup winners with Edmonton, won the Schenley as the CFL's top player three times was an All-Star for eight straight years and scored 750 points including that dramatic 84- yard TD run in the 1954 Grey Cup game. He starred at Quarterback, Halfback and Defensive Back. Member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

 

PARKER, JAMES "QUICK", Elected as a Player, April 27, 2001.

James Parker joined the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1980 as a defensive end and went straight to the Grey Cup his first season. He led the League in sacks in 1981 and 1982 and was named to the Western All-Star team and CFL All-Star teams both years. He moved to the B.C. Lions in the 1984 season and became the League sack leader with an average of 26.5 sacks in a single season which is still an all-time CFL record today. Parker remains third in the League for most quarterback sacks, all-time, in a regular season with 139.5. James Parker finished his CFL career as a member of the Toronto Argonauts where he played the 1990 season and one game in the 1991 season.

 

PASSAGLIA, LUI, Elected as a Player, March 10, 2004. 

Lui Passaglia was born in Vancouver, B.C. on June 7th, 1954.  He graduated from Notre Dame High School, where he played quarterback. At Simon Fraser University, Passaglia played wide receiver as well as handling the kicking chores. In the 1976 Canadian College draft, he was selected as the fifth pick overall by the B.C. Lions, as a kicker and wide receiver. Lui spent his entire career, which spanned a quarter of a century, with the team. Passaglia’s performance records are endless and he also holds many CFL records. He played the most regular seasons at 25, the most regular season games at 408, and scored the most points in regular season play with 3,991 points. He was the first player to score 200 points in a season (1987), with 214 points. Passaglia holds many CFL regular season records including most converts, 1,045 (560 consecutive), most field goals, 875 (of  1,203 attempted), Best Field Goal percentage in one year 90.9% (40 of 44 in year 2000) and most single points at 309.  He is the all-time punt leader with 3,142 for 133,826 yards, with the highest average in a season (1983) of 50.2 yards. In play-offs, Lui holds records for most points with 210, and is tied for most field goals with 48 and the longest punt of 89 yards. Lui Passaglia scored his first CFL points on July 22, 1976 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders when he pulled in a 10-yard pass for the first of two touchdowns of his career. As a Lion, Lui was named Western Division All-Star nine times, and was a CFL All-Star four times. Passaglia retired from CFL action in 2000.

 

* PATTERSON, HAL, Elected as a Player, November 25, 1971.

Prince Hal possessed a lot of charisma and provided 14 unbelievable seasons for CFL fans. After playing with Montreal from 1953 to 1960, he was traded to last-place Hamilton and the gifted receiver helped put them into the Grey Cup Game in 1961-62-63-64-65. He scored 75 TDs in his splendid career. Co-holder of the Grey Cup record for most touchdowns, along with fellow Hall of Famer Brian Kelly, with five.

 

PAYTON, ELFRID, Elected as a Player, February 02, 2010.

A member of two Grey Cup winning teams and a five-time CFL All-Star, Elfrid Payton was a master at sacking the quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Baltimore Stallions, Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts, Shreveport Pirates and Edmonton Eskimos.  A CFL All-Star five times, he trails only Grover Covington on the all-time list of players with the most sacks in league history, with an incredible 154.

 

* PERRY, GORDON, Elected as a Player, November 26, 1970.

Captain of the Montreal Winged Wheelers who went through the 1931 season unbeaten and untied en route to the Grey Cup win. A speed merchant who was difficult to tackle, this Back was also a fine hockey and baseball player.

 

* PERRY, NORMAN, Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

The Norm Perry Memorial Stadium in Sarnia is named after this immortal Halfback who captained Sarnia's 1934 Grey Cup victory. He later devoted his efforts to the Canadian Rugby Union of which he was elected President in 1953.

 

PHILLIPS, RUDOLPH (RUDY) , Elected as a Player April 7, 2009.

Rudy Phillips was signed by the Ottawa Rough Riders for the final six games of the season in 1981.  In 1982, 1983, and 1984 he was the Rough Rider’s nominees for Outstanding Offensive Lineman. He was the winner of the Outstanding Lineman Award two years in a row, 1982 and 1983.  In 1985, Phillips left the Ottawa Rough Riders and pursued a career in the NFL.  Phillips returned to the CFL in 1986, this time with the Edmonton Eskimos.  Rudy Phillips was an Eastern All-Star Offensive Guard twice in 1982, 1983 and Western All-Star Offensive Guard once in 1986.  He was All-Canadian three times in his career in 1982, 1983, and 1986.

 

PISTILLI, JOE, Elected as a Builder, February 02, 2010.

Joe Pistilli was involved in all levels of junior football in Quebec for 42 years, as well as being an important part of Football Canada, at the national level, for 29 years.  A former Commissioner of the Quebec Junior Football League, he has also served as President of Football Quebec, Director of Football Canada, and President of Football Canada.  “Joe’s passion for the game and the positive influence it can have on young people has been evident in every task he has taken on over his many years of service, and he will always be an inspiration to all of us,” said Richard Munro, Chief Executive Officer of Football Canada.

 

PITTS, ALLEN, Elected as a Player, January 26, 2006.

A product of Cal StateFullerton, Allen Pitts spent 11 CFL seasons with the Calgary Stampeders in the slotback position.  On Sept. 10th, 1999, Pitts caught a 13 yard pass that made him the CFL’s all-time receiving leader.  Throughout his career he caught 966 passes for 14,891 yards and 117 touchdowns.  Through 176 regular season games Pitts averaged 15.4 yards per reception and caught touchdown passes in 95 games.  Four times the Stampeders fans voted him the team’s outstanding player and twice his teammates chose him as the President’s Ring recipient for his inspirational and motivational skills. Pitts won divisional All-Star honours seven times and was named CFL All-Star five times.  He played in five Grey Cups and won twice.

 

PLOEN, KEN, Elected as a Player, June 28, 1975.

He played in the Rose Bowl Game and the Grey Cup Game in 1957. He starred 11 seasons with Winnipeg which included six Grey Cup finals, four of them victories. An All-Western All-Star Quarterback in 1957 and 1965, he was also an All-Canadian in 1965. In the 1958 Grey Cup Game, Ploen moved from QB to Halfback and Safety. He was an All-Star Defensive Back in 1959.

 

PLESS, WILLIE, Elected as a Player, October 1, 2005.

Willie Pless began his CFL career with the Toronto Argonauts in 1986. After four years with Toronto, including a Grey Cup appearance in 1987, an All-Star campaign in 1988, he was traded to the B.C. Lions. Pless spent only one season in B.C., moving to the Edmonton Eskimos in 1991.  Throughout his nine years with the Eskimos, he ranged all over the field, setting Eskimo records with 813 all-time defensive tackles, 117 tackles in one season (1998) and four times tied the team mark of 12 defensive tackles in one game. As a free agent he joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1999, recording a 102-tackle campaign and being named their outstanding defensive player and a division All-Star during his final season. Willie Pless played 250 regular-season games with four different teams, made 11 CFL All-star teams before retiring in 1999 as the League's all-time leading tackler.

 

POPLOWSKI, JOE, Elected as a Player on Feburary 24, 1998.

Was a Western All-Star in 1978, 1981, 1984, 1985 1986 and an All-Canadian All-Star in 1978, 1981, 1984, 1985 and 1986. Was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie in 1978 and the Most Outstanding Canadian in 1981 and 1986.

 

PRINGLE, MIKE, Elected as a Player, April 2, 2008.

 

Playing Career:

Edmonton Eskimos: 1992, 2003-2004

Sacramento Gold Miners: 1993

Baltimore Stallions: 1994–1995

Montreal Alouettes: 1996–2002

 

Awards and Honours:

CFL Most Outstanding Player: 1995, 1998

Terry Evanshen Trophy: 1994, 1995, 2000

CFL All-Star: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003

Southern Division All-Star: 1994, 1995

East Division All-Star: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

West Division All-Star: 2003

Grey Cup Participation: 1994, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003

Grey Cup Wins: 1995, 2002, 2003

 

Mike Pringle was born on October 1, 1967 in Los Angeles, California and played his college football at California State University, Fullerton. He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1990 NFL Draft. After spending most of that season on the practice roster, Pringle signed with the Edmonton Eskimos for the 1992 season. He was released by the Eskimos and spent the remainder of the season with the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football. In 1993, Pringle switched leagues to play with the CFL’s Sacramento Gold Miners for one season before being traded to the Baltimore Stallions.

 

On the strong powerful legs of Pringle, the Baltimore Stallions made two straight appearances in the Grey Cup, taking the famous “Wind Bowl” over the Calgary Stampeders in 1995. The Denver Broncos signed Pringle to a free agent contract for the 1996 NFL season. After being a late cut from training camp, he joined the relocated Baltimore franchise in Montreal late in the season. Pringle’s 1998 season stands out as one of the greatest CFL seasons an offensive player ever had, when he had 2,065 rushing yards. The Alouettes would get to the Grey Cup in 2000 and 2002, winning over the Edmonton Eskimos in 2002. Pringle left the Alouettes after the 2002 season and once again signed with the Edmonton Eskimos where he helped them reach and win the Grey Cup in 2003.

 

Pringle established new CFL records for career rushing yardage (16,425) and tied the all-time touchdown mark at the time with 137. After the 2004 season, Pringle announced his retirement. Mike Pringle currently lives with his wife Makenya, son Isaiah, and daughter Jordan in Tucker, Georgia.

 

* PRESTON, KEN, Elected as a Builder on April 28, 1990.

Was known as the 'Dean' of General Managers during his stint at the helm of the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1958-77. During this time the Roughriders compiled more wins than any other club in the CFL with 172. Preston's clubs were in the playoffs 15 times, finished first on five occasions, were in the Grey Cup Game five times and won it in 1966. He also is credited with developing the minor football program in Saskatchewan as he initiated clinics and staged annual tryout camps for graduating high school players.

 

 

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