CANADIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

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* QUILTY, S.P. "SILVER", Elected as a Player, November 24, 1966.

From 1907 to 1912, he was the prime ball-carrier for the University of Ottawa. In 1908-09, he also handled kicking duties. From a star player, he later became a football Official, a member of the Rules Committee and Coach.

 

 

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RAIMEY, DAVE, Elected as a Player, February 22, 2000.

Dave Raimey came to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1965 and played the running back position for four years. Raimey had incredible seasons in his first two years and became a member of the Winnipeg 1000 yard club two years in a row. In 1969, Raimey was traded to the Toronto Argonauts where he played defensive halfback. Raimey was the team scoring leader in 1969 with 10 touchdowns and was the kickoff return leader in 1974 with 403 yards. This versatile performer picked off passes and ran for touchdowns throughout his outstanding ten year CFL career. Dave Raimey was named CFL All-Star in 1969, Eastern All- Star 1969, Winnipeg Blue Bomber All-Star four times, and Air Canada Award winner. Raimey played in two Grey Cup games.

 

* REBHOLZ, RUSS, Elected as a Player, November 27, 1963.

One of the first two imports to play football in Winnipeg. An all-round Backfielder, The "Wisconsin Wraith" threw TD passes to Joe Perpich and Bud Marquardt to give Winnipeg the first Grey Cup for a Western team in 1935.

 

REED, GEORGE, Elected as a Player, June 30, 1979.

Through 13 seasons of stand-out service with the Saskatchewan Roughriders ending in 1975, he became the No. 1 rusher of All-Time Pro Football. This durable Fullback rushed for 16,116 yards, rushed for 134 TDs, was an All-Canadian All-Star nine times, an All-Western All-Star 10 times and once was selected the Schenley winner as Most Outstanding Player

 

* REEVE, TED, Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

"The Moaner", as the beloved Reever became known to his many friends and readers, was a fine soldier, excellent lacrosse player, superb football player and winning football Coach. He played for the Argos and Balmy Beach and became known for blocking kicks and stopping plungers as they tore through the line.

 

RIDGWAY, DAVE, Elected as a Player, February 6, 2003.

Dave Ridgway played his entire fourteen year CFL career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders starting in 1982 as their kicker. Ridgway still holds the CFL League record for most field goals in a regular season (59 field goals in 1990), most field goals in a regular season game (8 field goals) and most consecutive field goals regular season (28). He won many awards and honours including CFL All-Star accolades six times and Western All-Star seven times. Dave Ridgway was the Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy Winner three times throughout his career. He played in the 1989 Grey Cup game which was a momentous one for Ridgway as he kicked the winning field goal in the final seconds of the game. Ridgway retired from the Roughriders in 1996 and has since become a member of the Saskatchewan Plaza of Honour and had his jersey #36 retired by the team.

 

* RIGNEY, FRANK JOSEPH, Elected as a Player, August 18, 1984.

He anchored Winnipeg's offensive line for 10 seasons from 1958 to 1967. He was an All-Canadian Tackle three times and an All-Western All-Star seven times. In 1961 he was the CFL's Outstanding Lineman. In four or five Grey Cup appearances, Rigney celebrated victories.

 

* RITCHIE, ALVIN, Elected as a Builder, June 19, 1963.

The Silver Fox was instrumental in the formation of the Regina Football Club. Through the years under Ritchie, Regina became a force in Western Canada but he died nine months before Saskatchewan brought the Grey Cup to Regina in 1966.

 

ROBINSON, LARRY, Elected as a Player on February 24, 1998.

He began his career as a receiver and was later switched to the defensive safety position. He won the Schenley Award as the country's Most Outstanding Canadian Player in 1964, 1965, 1969 and 1971. He was named an All-Western All-Star in 1965, 1971 and 1972.

 

* RODDEN, MICHAEL J., Elected as a Player, November 26, 1964.

A player of All-Star ability at the University of Ottawa and Queen's plus the Argos, he became a superb Coach with future Hall of Famers Conacher, Batstone, Breen, Timmis, Cox, Leadlay, Reeve, Fear, Welch and Sprague among his proteges. Coached Hamilton to Grey Cup wins in 1928 and 1929.

 

ROMANO, ROCCO, Elected as a Player, February 19, 2007.

Rocco Romano spent 10 of his 14 seasons and 175 of his 232 regular-season games with the Calgary Stampeders.  In 1988 Romano was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and then joined the Toronto Argonauts for five games.  He signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1989 and played 17 games.  He was then traded to the B.C. Lions in 1990, who kept him for two seasons before dealing him back to Calgary for his final nine seasons in the CFL, until 2000.  Romano played 14 post-season games and appeared in the 1992, 1995, 1998 and 1999 Grey Cup games and was on the winning side two times (1992 and 1998).  Rocco Romano was chosen as Calgary’s outstanding offensive lineman in 1994, 1996 and 1999, earning laurels as West nominee in 1994 and 1996. Romano was a CFL All-Star guard in 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1996.  He switched to tackle at the end of his career and was named to West and CFL All-Star teams in 1999.

 

* ROWE, PAUL, Elected as a Player, November 26, 1964.

One of the greatest plunging Fullbacks in Canadian football history, he starred 12 seasons for Calgary and was an All- Western All-Star five times. He was part of Calgary's 1948 Grey Cup winning team and twice led the West in scoring. Member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

 

* RUBY, MARTIN, Elected as a Player, May 6, 1974.

He was one of the last excellent two-way linemen in Canadian football. He signed with Saskatchewan in 1951 and in seven years he was an All-Star seven times including three years when he was chosen both offensively and defensively.

 

* RUSSELL, JEFF, Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

Killed tragically in 1926 repairing a power line in a driving rainstorm, the Jeff Russell Memorial Trophy was established to honour the Eastern player who was as gifted an athlete and sportsman like Russell. (The trophy was officially retired in 1994 at the request of the Russell family). A great competitor, Russell starred for the famous Winged Wheelers (1922 to 1925).

 

* RYAN, JOSEPH B., Elected as a Builder, November 28, 1968.

Rendered his services and helped construct strong franchises in Winnipeg, Montreal and Edmonton. He engineered the amalgamation of the Winnipeg Rugby Club and St. John's so that by 1935 the Grey Cup went to Winnipeg.

 

 

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* SAZIO, RALPH, Elected as a Builder on March 5, 1988.

Joined Hamilton as a player in 1950. Was Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1963-67 and during his tenure registered a 49-20-1 record, four Eastern Conference Championships (1963-64- 65-67) and three Grey Cup victories (1963-65-67). Became General Manager in 1968 and President in 1972, a year in which Hamilton hosted and won the Grey Cup. Became President of the Argonauts on August 6, 1981. His teams had first-place Eastern Division finishes in 1982-83-84-86-88 and Grey Cup appearances in 1982-83-87, winning in '83.

 

SCOTT, TOM, Elected as a Player, February 24, 1998.

Was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie in 1973 while playing for Winnipeg. Was traded to the Eskimos in 1978 and was part of the Eskimos' five-straight Grey Cup Championship teams. Was an All-Canadian selection in 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982 and 1983.

 

* SCOTT, VINCE, Elected as a Player, May 28, 1982.

Joined the Hamilton Wildcats in 1949 and ended his spectacular Tiger-Cat career in 1962. He was selected an All- Eastern Guard 10 times, was voted to Hamilton's Fabulous Fifties Team and played in the first four CFL All-Star Games.

 

* SHATTO, DICK, Elected as a Player, June 28, 1975.

After 12 seasons with the Argos, he retired in 1965 and, at that time, had scored more touchdowns, caught more passes and accounted for more offensive yardage than any other player in the history of Canadian football. Eastern All-Star on eight occasions.

 

* SHAUGHNESSY, FRANK "SHAG", Elected as a Builder, November 27, 1963.

An accomplished player, owner, manager and executive, he achieved success in baseball, hockey and football. As a Coach, he won, too, and helped introduce new tactics to Canadian football. His McGill teams were perennial Intercollegiate champions with him at the helm.

 

SHEPHERD, TOM, Elected as a Builder, April 2, 2008.

 

Awards and Honours:

Roughriders Volunteer of the Year: 1980

Canadian Football League Commissioner’s Award: 1992

Saskatchewan Roughrider Life Membership: 1993

Roughrider Plaza of Honour: 1995

Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan Distinguished Member Award: 1996

Province of Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal: 2005

Regina Hall of Fame: 2006

 

Born in Regina Saskatchewan, Tom Shepherd fell in love with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1951, at the time Glenn Dobbs ignited all of Saskatchewan behind the 'Riders, and has been a rabid fan ever since. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1966, he began his involvement with the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

 

Shepherd has been a member of the Annual Dinner Committee (Plaza of Honour Dinner) for 43 years, and from 1976 to 1977 was Chair of the Executive Game Plan (Fundraising). While serving as a Club Director from 1980 to 2005, Tom was a Member of the Management/Executive Committee for 22 years and Treasurer for 20 years. During Shepherd’s tenure as Club President and CFL Governor from 1987 to 1989, the Saskatchewan Roughriders won the Grey Cup (1989).

 

Since his term of President, as Founder and President of Friends of Riders Touchdown Lottery, Shepherd has raised over $10 million to keep the team in the Province. He also found time to serve as a Director of 1995 Grey Cup Inc. and 2003 Grey Cup Inc.

 

In addition to direct Roughrider involvement, Tom has also been involved in other Saskatchewan football activities as Director and Treasurer of Regina Rams Football Club from 1970 to 1976 and Director and Treasurer of Gord Currie Youth Development Fund from 1977 to 2001.

 

Tom Shepherd’s long history of volunteer work with the Saskatchewan Roughriders continues today, some 43 years later. Tom and his wife Joan live in Regina.

 

* SHOULDICE, W.T.H. "HAP", Elected as a Builder, June 25, 1977.

In 1929, he first officiated in the Ottawa High School League and in 1935 he was appointed to the Big Four. He officiated in nine Grey Cup Games and went on to become the CFL's 1st Director of Officiating.

 

* SIMPSON, BENJAMIN L., Elected as a Player, November 27, 1963.

An outstanding Kicker who played with the Hamilton Tigers from 1904 to 1910. He later served as President of the Big Four and President of the Tiger Football Club. Member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

 

* SIMPSON, BOB, Elected as a Player August 5, 1976.

A swift runner who gave many superb performances for the Windsor Rockets in 1949 plus the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1950 to 1962. Sixty-five of his 70 touchdowns came on pass receptions but apart from starring as an Offensive End, he also shone as Offensive Back and Defensive Back, making All-Star at all three.

 

* SIMPSON, JIMMY, Elected as a Builder August 17, 1985.

A genuine builder of the game, Simpson appeared in approximately 19 Grey Cup Games, six as a player with the Hamilton Tigers and Wildcats, three as an official and 10 as a trainer of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. His career in Canadian football began in 1928. Simpson's four touchdowns in Grey Cup Games ranks second to the all-time record of five by fellow Hall of Famers Hal Patterson and Brian Kelly.

 

* SLOCOMB, KARL, Elected as a Builder, June 3, 1989.

Served on the executive of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before becoming Vice-President and, in 1953, President of the Grey Cup Finalists. He served as President of the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1956 after serving as Vice-President. President of the Canadian Rugby Union in 1960 and the Intermediate Section of the CRU in 1961.

 

SPENCER, VICTOR, Elected as a Builder, January 26, 2006.

From 1947 to 1948, Victor Spencer spearheaded a group that was seeking a B.C. franchise in the Western Interprovincial Football Union.  Spencer and John Davidson, elected Directors of the aspiring franchise, attended WIFU meetings in 1951 and 1952 before getting approval in 1953 from three of the league’s four teams to grant Vancouver a franchise beginning in 1954.  Spencer served on the stadium committee that helped organize and build a stadium for the 1954 British Empire Games.  This stadium became home to the B.C. Lions.  Spencer, who was born in Vancouver, spent nine years on the Lions executive and helped Vancouver attract the 1955 Grey Cup.  He was nominated as a life member of the team’s Board of Governors, which lasted until the team was no longer community-owned.  Victor Spencer was inducted into the B.C. Lions Wall of Fame in 2002.

 

* SPRAGUE, DAVID S., Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

A perennial All-Star in his 15-year career with Hamilton and Ottawa he ran to fame in a sport he truly loved. Like so many others of his day, he played despite injuries.

 

* SPRING, HARRY C., Elected as a Builder August 5, 1976.

One of the fathers for the Vancouver franchise, he was an original Director of the Lions in 1954. Treasurer in 1955 and 1956, Vice-President in 1957 and President in 1958 and 1959.

 

STEGALL, MILTON (MILT), Elected as a Player, October 16, 2011 (Induction year 2012).

Milt Stegall revolutionized the slot back position in the CFL.  He was a divisional All-Star 8 times (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007), CFL All-Stars 6 times (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006), CFL Most Valuable Player (2002), and the Tom Pate Award winner in 2007.  Stegall joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the last six games of the 1995 season but by his third season he was an offensive force to be reckoned with.  He caught 61 passes for a total of 1,616 yards and 14 touchdowns and set a CFL record with an average 26.5 yards per catch.  He set the Winnipeg Blue Bomber’s franchise record for most consecutive games with a receiving touchdown with 8.  He was named to a division All-Star, as well as a CFL All- Star for the first time in his career and was Winnipeg’s nominee for Most Outstanding Player.  In 2000, Stegall continued his exceptional career by leading the league with 15 receiving touchdowns and had seven 100-yard receiving games.   In 2002, Stegall had one of the greatest individual seasons in CFL history.  He led the league in receptions (106), receiving yards (1,896), yards from scrimmage (1,896), touchdowns (23), receiving touchdowns (23), 100-yard games (10), average yards per catch on a min. of 50 (17.9), and non-kicker scoring (140).  He set a new league records for Single Season and Receiving Touchdowns and Single Season Touchdowns (both at 23).  He set or tied 12 Winnipeg Football Club records during the 2002 season.  He was voted the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player, as well as a Western All-Star and CFL All-Star. In 2004 Stegall became the Blue Bomber’s All-Time Reception Leader with his 574th reception.  In 2005, he would become the CFL’s leader for Touchdown Receptions in a Career (129).  He was named a CFL All-Star for the fifth time and a divisional All-Star for the sixth time.  At the time of his retirement in 2009, Milt Stegall was the CFL’s all-time leading receiver with a career totals: 845 receptions, 15,153 receiving yards, 17.7 yards average, 144 receiving touchdowns, and a longest gain of 105 yards.  He held the following CFL records:  Most Touchdowns, Career (147), Most Touchdowns Single Season (23), Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career (144), Most Receiving Yards (15, 153). He is also a member of the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame.

 

STEVENSON, ART, Elected as a Player, November 28, 1969.

At Quarterback or Halfback, he made his mark in Canadian football leading Winnipeg to many victories in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He was also an accomplished Kicker and booted the winning point in Winnipeg's 1939 Grey Cup win over Ottawa.

 

STEWART, RON, Elected as a Player, June 25, 1977.

He was 5-foot-8 but his CFL accomplishments made him a giant with Ottawa from 1958 to 1970 following impressive careers at Toronto Riverdale High and Queen's. He set the single game rushing mark of 287 yards in 1960, shared in three Grey Cups and took many individual honours.

 

* STIRLING, HUGH "BUMMER", Elected as a Player, November 24, 1966.

One of the best ever triple threat Backfielders and finest Kickers in Canadian football, he starred for Sarnia from 1929 to 1938. He was an ORFU All-Star six times, and ORFU MVP once. In 1938 was first football player to be picked as Canadian Press Athlete of the Year.

 

* STUKUS, ANNIS, Elected as a Builder, May 6, 1974.

A versatile player with the Argos which included Grey Cup wins in 1937 and 1938, Stuke went on to assist new franchises in Edmonton and Vancouver. Despite low budgets, Stuke promoted like a genius and made sure the Eskimos and the Lions were quickly in the black.

 

SUTHERIN, DON, Elected as a Player on October 24, 1992.

He joined the Tiger-Cats in 1958 and left the following year for the NFL. He returned to the Tiger-Cats in 1960 and remained with the Club until 1966 when he joined the Ottawa Rough Riders. He was an All-Eastern defensive back six times, and was All-Canadian on three occasions. He led the Eastern Conference in scoring four times and in interceptions twice. He participated in eight Grey Cup games, winning two with Hamilton and two with Ottawa.

 

SYMONS, BILL, Elected as a player on September 20, 1997.

A Halfback with the B.C. Lions for 10 games and the Toronto Argonauts for 92 regular season and 11 playoff games, Bill Symons played from 1966 to 1973. In 1968 Symons was the CFL Eastern rushing leader with 1,107 yards on 164 carries for 9 touchdowns. Symons was recognized as the All-Canadian All-Star in 1968 and 1970, was presented the Jeff Russel Memorial Award in 1970 and was the All-Star Game MVP in 1971.

 

 

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* TAYLOR, N.J. "PIFFLES", Elected as a Builder, November 27, 1963.

After a playing career with Regina, he became President of the Regina Roughriders from 1934 to 1936 and became President of the Canadian Rugby Union in 1946. He is credited with helping develop football in Western Canada. Regina's Taylor Field is named after him.

 

THELEN, DAVE, Elected as a Player, June 3, 1989.

Rushed 1,530 times for 8,463 yards and 47 TDs in a nine-year career with Ottawa and Toronto. Earned All-Eastern All-Star honours in 1959, 1960 and from 1963 to 1966. Led the East in rushing three times as well as leading the CFL in 1960. In addition to his offensive exploits, he earned praise as being one of the finest blocking backs in CFL history.

 

* TIMMIS, BRIAN, Elected as a Player, June 19, 1963.

He often sacrificed his body to make the big play for Hamilton. He played helmetless and he played with determination. Three times he helped the Hamilton Tigers to Grey Cup wins (1928, 1929 and 1932). He made a comeback at age 38 for a playoff game in Ottawa and played 58 minutes despite a bad shoulder. Member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

 

TINDALL, FRANK, Elected as a Builder, August 18, 1984.

Recruited by the Argonauts, Tindall was a Star Tackle in 1933 and later earned selection to the All-Time Argo squad (1921-1941). After taking over as Coach at Queen's in 1939, he became full-time Head Coach in 1948 until 1975 leading Queen's to a 112-84-2 record, eight intercollegiate and one National championship.

 

* TINSLEY, ROBERT PORTER "BUDDY", Elected as a Player, May 28, 1982.

He spent 11 seasons with Winnipeg going both ways at tackle and occasionally carrying on short-yardage situations. He was an All-Western All-Star eight times, five of those occasions on offence.

 

* TOMMY, ANDREW J., Elected as a Player, June 3, 1989.

Starred both ways, at Flying Wing/Running Back with Ottawa from 1933 to 1941 as well as in 1946-47 and with Toronto from 1942 to 1945. Eastern All-Star Running Back in 1936 and Flying Wing in 1940, he won the Jeff Russell Trophy in 1940. Is a Member of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame and is remembered for returning a fumbled ball 123 yards for a TD at a time when official statistics were not kept.

 

* TRAWICK, HERB, Elected as a Player, June 28, 1975.

The first player in the East to make the East All-Star team seven times he was recruited by Montreal in 1946 when Lew Hayman and Leo Dandurand started to build the Alouettes. A big man, he was a swift Offensive Lineman.

 

* TUBMAN, JOE, Elected as a Player, November 28, 1968.

Captain of Ottawa's Grey Cup victories in 1925 and 1926, he gave the Rough Riders 13 seasons before retiring in 1931. He later served as Referee in ORFU and Big Four matches until 1944.

 

TUCKER, WHITMAN (WHIT), Elected as a Player on June 26, 1993.

As a member of the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1962 to 1970, he earned All-Star recognition in 1966, 1967 and '68 and was All-Canadian in 1967. Was also runner-up as the Most Outstanding Canadian in 1968. Registered 53 TD receptions during his career. Played in three Grey Cup games, winning the Championship in 1968 and 1969.

 

 

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