CANADIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

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URNESS, TED, Elected as a Player, June 3, 1989.

Anchored the Saskatchewan Roughriders' splendid Offensive Line from 1961 to 1970. Was an All-Canadian and All-Western All-Star from 1965 to 1970. Honoured with a Schenley Award as the CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman in 1968. Upon his arrival, the Club went from a fourth-place finish in 1961 to the start of a string of 15 consecutive playoff years.

 

 

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VAUGHAN, KAYE, Elected as a Player, June 24, 1978.

Quick and versatile, he gave the Ottawa Rough Riders 12 star-studded seasons ending in 1964. He was an Eastern Conference All-Star 10 times and on more than one occasion he was an All-Star offensively and defensively because he also stood out at the Tackle, Guard and Middle Guard positions.

 

VAUGHN, TERRY, Elected as a Player, February 11, 2011.

Vaughn was one of the most prolific receivers in CFL history and the first player ever to crack the 1,000 career receptions mark during a 12-year career.  Vaughn burst onto the CFL scene in with the Calgary Stampeders recording 72 catches for 1,031 yards in his rookie year.  This kicked off an incredible stretch of 11 consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons which is still a CFL record.  Vaughn was a three-time CFL All-Star winning a pair of Grey Cups with Calgary in 1998 and Edmonton in 2003.  Vaughn played one season in Montreal in 2005 before finishing his career with Hamilton in 2006.  He retired as the CFL’s all-time leading pass catcher with 1,006 receptions, a mark that stood until former teammate Ben Cahoon surpassed him in 2010.  Vaughn was ranked number 45 on TSN’s Top 50 CFL Players.

 

VERCHEVAL, PIERRE, Elected as a Player, February 19, 2007.

Pierre Vercheval won back-to-back Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts in 1996 and 1997. He also played in the 1990 Grey Cup with the Edmonton Eskimos and the 2000 Grey Cup with the Montreal Alouettes, during a 14-year CFL career between 1988-2001. Vercheval appeared in 212 regular-season games and 13 playoff games. Pierre  was a seven-time divisional All-Star, always as a guard, Western All-Star in 1992, Eastern All-Star in 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 and Northern All-Star in 1995. He won CFL All-Star honours in 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 and was nominated as the team’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman with Edmonton in 1992 and Montreal in 2000. He was also named Montreal’s Outstanding Canadian Player in 1999 and the CFL’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2000.

 

 

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* WAGNER, VIRGIL, Elected as a Player, May 24, 1980.

An original Alouette, he played with Montreal from 1946 to 1954 but the absence of statistics during that time prevented numerical recollections of this brilliant Running Back. The four-time Eastern Running Back tied Joe Krol for one scoring title before winning three in a row.

 

WALBY, CHRIS, Elected as a Player, February 6, 2003.

Chris Walby began his CFL career with the Montreal Alouettes in 1981. After playing five games with the team he finished off the season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. This towering offensive tackle played sixteen years in the CFL and was known for making players feel part of the group. Walby won CFL All-Star honours nine times, was Western All-Star four times and Eastern All-Star seven times. He won the Schenley Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in 1987 and the CFL Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award in 1993. Chris Walby played in five Grey Cup games, winning three. He retired from CFL action in 1996 and continues his involvement as a colour commentator for CBC during the CFL season.

 

* WARNER, CLAIR, Elected as a Builder, November 25, 1965.

He played eight seasons with Alvin Ritchie's strong Regina Roughrider teams which played in four Grey Cup finals. Later he served the Regina Club in several capacities including President as well as on the executive of the Western Interprovincial Union and the Canadian Rugby Union Rules body.

 

* WARWICK, BERT, Elected as a Builder, November 26, 1964.

A leader and contributor to Canadian football for more than 50 years, he was Head Coach of the Western champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1945. He later served as Chairman of the CFL's Rules Committee.

 

WEIR, GLEN, Elected as a player April 7, 2009.

Glen Weir started his professional career in 1972 with the Montreal Alouettes via a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  In 1975, he had a break out season.  That same year he was selected as an Eastern and All – Canadian All – Star, as well as being the Alouettes’ nomination for the Schenley Awards Outstanding Defensive Player.  Weir was an Eastern All-Star Defensive Tackle a total of six times in his career and All-Canadian three times.  In 1977, he was voted Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the Grey Cup game, as well as winning the James P. McCaffrey Trophy awarded to the Outstanding Defensive Player in the East Division.  Glen Weir rarely missed a game in his 13 season career earning him the reputation of being one of the most durable players in Montreal’s history.

 

* WELCH, HAWLEY "HUCK", Elected as a Player, November 26, 1964.

A great kicking Halfback, he played on Grey Cup winners with the Hamilton Tigers (1928 and 1929) and the Montreal Winged Wheelers in 1931. He won the Jeff Russell Trophy in 1933 and made All-Star five times.

 

WILKINSON, TOM, Elected as a Player, May 2, 1987.

A three-time CFL All-Star through 15 seasons, he never missed a game in his 10 years with Edmonton which included five wins in eight Grey Cup Games.

 

WILLIAMS, HENRY "GIZMO", Elected as a Player, January 26, 2006.

Known affectionately as “Gizmo”, Williams joined the Edmonton Eskimos in 1986 following a stint with the USFL’s Memphis Showboats.  In 149 regular-season games he returned 26 punts for touchdowns, including five in one season, to set CFL records.  Williams is the CFL’s all-time leader in punt returns (1,003), punt-return yardage (11,177), kickoff returns (335) and kickoff-return yardage (7,354).  Williams played his entire CFL career with the Edmonton Eskimos which included 14 postseason appearances.  “Gizmo” appeared in five Grey Cup games, helping the Eskimos to victories in 1987 and 1993.  He was a Western All-Star seven times and a CFL All-Star five times.  Henry Williams amassed 23,927 all-purpose yards throughout his entire CFL career and was inducted into the North West Mississippi Junior College Hall of Fame, and became a member of the Eskimo Wall of Honour in 2002.

 

WILSON, AL, Elected as a player on September 20, 1997.

Al Wilson played 15 years with the B.C. Lions from 1972 to 1986 as a guard and centre. Wilson was awarded the All-Western All-Star and All-Canadian All-Star honours for seven consecutive years from 1975 to 1981. He was voted the Schenley Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1977. Wilson participated in two Grey Cup games in 1983 and 1985 and was a member of the Championship team in 1985.

 

* WILSON, SEYMOUR, Elected as a Builder, March 16, 1984.

His Officiating career began in 1930. For more than 30 years he was involved in Officiating with the Canadian Rugby Union and the CFL. His Officiating assignments included 10 Grey Cup Games of which he was most familiar because, as a player with Hamilton, he played in the 1932 and 1935 Grey Cup Games.

 

WYLIE, HARVEY, Elected as a Player, May 24, 1980.

An exceptional Defensive Back and Kickoff Return specialist he spent nine years with the Calgary Stampeders ending in 1964. For five consecutive seasons he was an All-Western All-Star and twice he was an All-Canadian All-Star.

 

 

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YOCHUM, DAN, Elected as a Player, March 10, 2004. 

Dan Yochum was born on August 19th, 1950 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dan began his outstanding career as an amateur football player at the University of Syracuse.  He received an honourable mention on the UPI’s and AP’s All American Teams in 1972.  He also played on the College All-Star game against the Dallas Cowboys.  Yochum was a second round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1971, but opted instead to play with the Montreal Alouettes. Yochum joined the Montreal Alouettes in 1972 as an Offensive Tackle. He played nine seasons with the team until his final year in 1980 which he played as an Eskimo.  Quotes from Dan Yochum“I had the time of my life playing with the Montreal Alouettes and living in Canada.  We had a “Dynasty” from 1974-1978 thanks to a great team built by Sam Berger, J.I. Albrecht and Marv Levy.  I had the honour of playing with the “Elite of the CFL”, Barry Randell, Peter Dalla Riva, Junior Ah You, Gord Judges, Glen Weir and Dickie Harris to name just a few. Yochum won many awards and honours throughout his playing career.  Yochum was an Eastern All-Star seven times from 1973-1979 and was a four time CFL All-Star from 1975-1978.  He was the winner of the Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1976. Yochum finished his CFL career as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos in the 1980 season.  An injury kept him from the 1980 Grey Cup game.

 

YOUNG, JIM, Elected as a Player, May 11, 1991.

Played two years with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League before joining the B.C. Lions for his entire Canadian professional career, 197 games from 1967 to 1979. The Toronto Argonauts, who held his Canadian rights, traded him to B.C. in 1967 in exchange for Dick Fouts and Bill Symons. Young was B.C.'s nominee for the Schenley Most Outstanding Player Award in 1967, 1969, and 1972, and was their nominee for the Schenley Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1967 and then every year from 1969 to 1972, winning in 1970 and 1972. Spent from 1989 to 1992 working in the Lions' front office.

 

 

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ZAMBIASI, BEN, Elected as a Player, March 10, 2004.

Ben Zambiasi was born in Valdosta, Georgia on September 19th, 1956. Zambiasi played on the Mount De Sales Catholic High School team in Macon, Georgia from 1971-1974.  He continued his amateur football career with the University of Georgia.  He was selected South Eastern Conference All-Star in 1976 for the Georgia Bulldogs.  In 1978, Zambiasi was the tenth round draft choice of the Chicago Bears of the NFL in the 1978 American College Draft.  He joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a Linebacker midway through the 1978 season.

 

Zambiasi’s first season with the Tiger-Cats was exceptional.  He was named the Most Outstanding Rookie in the Eastern Division in 1978, and also received Eastern All-Star and CFL All-Star honours.  Throughout his playing career, he made 25 interceptions for 441 yards, and made 69 defensive tackles.  He was named CFL All-Star six times, Eastern All-Star eight times and won the Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award in 1979. Zambiasi played in four Grey Cup games and was on the winning team in 1986.

 

In 1988, Zambiasi joined the Toronto Argonauts and played his final season of an eleven year career in the CFL as a member of the Toronto Argonauts.   In 1990, he came back to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a special team/linebacker coach.

 

* ZOCK, WILLIAM (BILL), Elected as a Player, August 18, 1984.

He was all heart in his 18-year career, 10 with the Argos, four with Balmy Beach and four with Edmonton. The Guard and Tackle celebrated Grey Cup victories with the Argos (1937, 1938, 1945, 1946 and 1947) and with Edmonton (1954) while losing in only one Grey Cup Game (1952 when Edmonton lost to Toronto).

 

 

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Updated and edited August 13, 2011.

 

 

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