Monday, 18 April 2016 00:00

2016 Syl Apps Award - Brad Sinopoli

Brad Sinopoli, wide receiver for the Ottawa Redblacks in the Canadian Football League, was born on April 14th, 1988 in Peterborough, Ontario. Brad grew up playing football and hockey at the highest level, an early sign of his elite athleticism. Along with being touted as one of the best collegiate quarterbacks in Canada, he also played AAA hockey for the Peterborough Minor Petes.

With the University of Ottawa Gee Gee’s, his junior and senior years were most memorable statistically. In his senior year, Brad threw for 2756 yards and 22 touchdowns for an overall passing rating of 97.5. With that incredible performance in 2010, he earned the Hec Crighton Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding Canadian football player in CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport).

In 2011, Brad was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the fourth round (29th overall) in the CFL Canadian Draft where he would go on and play for 4 seasons as quarterback and later, wide receiver. The change in position was not in vain, as he would record 20 catches for 197 yards along with two receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown; the first being a 26 yard run TD on July 18th, 2014 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He would go on to sign with the Ottawa Redblacks for the 2015 season; the best one to date. Brad rightfully earned the award of 2015 CFL’s outstanding Canadian with 86 receptions totaling 1,035 receiving yards and three touchdowns. 2015 was also his third appearance at the Grey Cup. Brad’s premier athleticism, hard work, and success have earned him the 2015 Syl Apps Ontario Athlete of the Year Award. He is the first CFL player to earn this prestigious award since Damon Allen of the Argonauts in 2005.

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Saturday, 19 April 2014 20:00

Angelo Mosca

Angelo Mosca attended the University of Notre Dame and was drafted by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1959 in the 30th round (350th overall). He had already decided to play in the CFL, in 1958 for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders for Hardiman Cureton on August 15, 1960, and played for the Rough Riders in 1960 and 1961 before joining the Montreal Alouettes in 1962. He played his remaining years, 1963 to 1972 in Hamilton and was a 5-time All-Star. Angelo played in 9 Grey Cup games, more than any other player in CFL history, tied with his teammate John Barrow. Mosca's teams won 5 Grey Cup games, one with the Ottawa Rough Riders and four with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Mosca has lived in and around Hamilton for many years and currently lives in St. Catharines, Ontario with his wife, Helen. He authored a book with Steve Milton called ‘Tell Me To My Face’, published by Lulu Canada Inc. The book was released in September 2011. Mosca appeared on several Canadian TV commercials in the 1970s and 1980s. Mosca still makes PR appearances for the league and the Ticats and for other businesses. He was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

Published in 2013 Inductees
Sunday, 30 March 2014 20:00

Bernie Faloney

B.J. "Bernie" Faloney (June 15, 1932 – June 14, 1999) was a professional football player in the Canadian Football League (primarily with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats) and an outstanding American college football player at the University of Maryland, College Park. Born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, Faloney is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, and the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame. Faloney's jersey #10 was retired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1999] In 2006, Faloney was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's Top 50 Players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.

A scrambling quarterback, Faloney helped the Edmonton Eskimos win the 1954 Grey Cup but then fulfilled his mandatory service in the United States armed forces, serving with the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1956. A free agent after his military service, Faloney signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1957 and became one of the major stars of the Canadian Football League, winning four Grey Cup championships with the Ti-Cats. Traded from Hamilton in 1965, he played for the Montreal Alouettes and the BC Lions before retiring in 1967.

Faloney was the Eastern Conference's All-Star quarterback on five occasions, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964 and 1965. In 1961, he won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award. His career CFL stats include 1,493 pass completions of 2,876 attempts for 153 touchdowns and 24,264 yards. He still holds the Grey Cup record for most passes completed, most yards thrown, and most touchdowns. He is the first CFL quarterback to win a Grey Cup championship with both Eastern and Western Conference teams.

Published in 2005 Inductees
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 20:00

Bill Symons

In 1965, Symons was drafted by the NFL's Green Bay Packers, but an injury led Vince Lombardi to cut him.

The next year he started his CFL career with the BC Lions playing 10 games, most at the defensive safety position. At the end of the 1966 season Symons was dealt to Toronto. In the 1967 season Symons picked up 349 yards rushing positioning himself as a starter.

Everything came together in 1968, when Symons rushed for 1,107 yards. He was the first Boatman, ever, to top the 1,000 yard plateau. Added to this record was his CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award, again a first for any Double Blue player, and a CFL All-Star at running back. The only thing missing was a trip to the Grey Cup, Unfortunately, their trip to the 59th Grey Cup ended in classic heartbreak.

In his final two seasons with the boatmen Symons' role was a blocking back rushing for 235 yards in 1972 and 358 in 1973. Symons called it quits after 1973. For his great performances as a running back, Symons was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Published in 2015 Inductees
Monday, 01 February 2016 19:00

Chris Schultz

Chris SchultzChris Schultz, born on February 16th, 1960, grew up in Burlington, Ontario. From a young age, Chris played high level football. After his high-school career at Aldershot High School, his high level of talent led him to sign with the University of Arizona. With a successful career at Arizona, Chris was drafted in the 7th round of the 1983 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. In his rookie season, he played 5 games but was eventually moved to Left Tackle, where he played all 16 games, 8 of which he started. He then moved to the CFL to the Toronto Argonauts, where he eventually won the 1991 Grey Cup, and was a CFL All-Star in 1987 & 1988. Post-football career, he was named to the Argonauts All-time Team in 2007. He is now on CFL ON TSN, a role he’s had since 1998. Chris will always be known for his contribution to the community and his current work on Risky Business, where he predicts weekly NFL scores.

Published in Inductees
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:00

Dick Shatto

Dick Shatto (1933, Springfield, Ohio – February 4, 2003, New Port Richey, Florida) was a professional Canadian football player for the Canadian Football League Toronto Argonauts.

Shatto's career with the Argos lasted twelve seasons, from 1954 to 1965. His #22 jersey is one of only four that has been retired by the club. Shatto had been one of the most productive players in the CFL and for a team that made the playoffs only three times during his career: 1955, 1960, and 1961. Unfortunately for such a star player the Argos finished last in their conference eight times often with only four wins in a 14-game season.

Nevertheless Shatto held record for most career touchdowns with 91, of which 39 were rushing and 52 were receiving. In the plus 40 years since he retired he still ranks eighth overall.

Shatto was the all-time leader for the most combined (rushing and receiving) yardage with 13,642 yards that came on 1322 carries and 466 receptions. Presently he still ranks in seventh place, and he is still third among running backs, passed only by George Reed and Mike Pringle. His most productive season was 1960 when he carried the ball 122 times for 708 yards with a touchdown and caught 53 passes for 894 yards with ten more majors for a total yards from scrimmage of 1,602.

When it comes to total yardage, that also includes return yardage from punts, kickoffs and missed field goals, as well as yards from scrimmage, Shatto accumulated a total of 15,725 yards. That put him second all-time in 1965 and since then he has dropped to only seventh place.

Interestingly Shatto never surpassed 1,000 yards in a season either rushing or receiving. However he did average 1,136 yards per season in yards from scrimmage. His best seasons in running the ball came in 1958 and 1959 when he tallied 969 and 950 yards respectively. The former being a team record at the time according to official statistics. Also he never led the CFL or the Eastern Conference in rushing yards. Shatto's 6,958 rushing yards remains to this day an Argonaut team record and at the end of his career he was sixth all-time. He provided the Argos with 16 100-yard rushing games.

As a receiver Shatto accumulated 6,684 yards and his best season came in 1963 with 67 receptions for 945 yards and ten touchdowns. When he left the game he was the number two all-time receiver. He led the Eastern Conference in receptions in 1962 (47), 1963 (67) and 1964 (53).

Shatto was the Argos' nominee for the Most Outstanding Player Award in 1955, 1957-59, and 1962-64 and was the league's runner-up in 1958 and 1964. Plus he was an Eastern All-Star from 1956-1959 and 1961-64. He was named to the league's all-star squad (not started until 1962) in 1963 and 1964. Shatto was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1975.

From 1970-1973 Shatto was a colour commentator for the CFL on CTV. In 1976, he became general manager of the Toronto Argonauts. The Argonauts went 17-30-1 in Shatto's three seasons as GM, making the playoffs only once.

His daughter, Cindy Shatto competed in 3 Metres Springboard diving at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games and in Women's 10 metre platform diving at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Shatto died on February 4, 2003, in New Port Richey, Florida. His ashes were spread over the site of old Exhibition Stadium.

Published in 1997 Inductees
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 20:00

Doug Flutie

Douglas Richard “Doug” Flutie was born in Maryland on October 23, 1962. While attending high school in Massachusetts Doug was an All-American in football, basketball and baseball.

Since 1984 Doug’s name has been synonymous with excellence in both college and professional football. During this time Doug earned many honors including: All-American at Boston College, 1984 College Football Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy Winner. Doug was a marquee attraction in the Canadian Football League for eight years with the BC Lions, Toronto Argonauts and Calgary Stampeders and was recognised as such by being named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player an unprecedented six of those seasons in addition to three Grey Cup MVP awards.

In 1998 Doug joined the National Football League where he established an outstanding record with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. Notably, in 1999 Doug set the Bills' team record for rushing yards by a quarterback and led all NFL quarterbacks with 476 rushing yards. Doug also passed for career-high 3,171 yards. In 2001, at the age of 38, Doug signed a contract with the Chargers to become their starting quarterback and threw for a career best 3,646 yards. After 4 seasons with the Chargers Doug was offered the opportunity to finish his career with his hometown team, the New England Patriots. Doug would only play one season with the Patriots before he retired but in true Flutie fashion he went out with a bang. On New Year's Day 2006, Doug completed the NFL's first "drop kick" for an extra point in 64 years. A fitting bookend to a long, storied career.

A Note from Doug Flutie

I am extremely humbled to be considered for such an incredible honor and to be amongst such prominent inductees.

I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the Ontario Sport Legends Hall of Fame, the Province of Ontario, as well as the Canadian Football League, especially the Toronto Argonauts football club. I have such fond memories of the eight years I spent in the Canada, and I consider my time with the CFL to be among some of the most enjoyable years in my football career.

A special thank you goes to my family, friends, and colleagues, each of whom have inspired me to pursue my dreams in their own unique ways.

Once again, I am extremely grateful for this very prestigious honor and I wish that I could be there in person to accept. Thank you for honoring both me and my passion for football.

Doug Flutie

Published in 2009 Inductees
Monday, 31 March 2014 20:00

Frank Clair

Frank James Clair (May 12, 1917 – April 3, 2005) was a coach in the Canadian Football League, nicknamed "the Professor" for his ability to recognize and develop talent.

Clair played end for the Ohio State Buckeyes, lettering in 1938, 1939, and 1940. As a receiver, he was quarterback Don Scott's favorite target. In 1941, Clair played in seven games for the Washington Redskins.

Clair found his greatest success in coaching. He was the head coach at the University at Buffalo in 1948 and 1949. During the 1950s, he coached the Toronto Argonauts to two Grey Cups in 1950 and 1952.

In 1956, he joined the Ottawa Rough Riders. As coach, Clair led them to Grey Cup Championships in 1960, 1968 and 1969. While he was general manager, the team won Grey Cups in 1973 and 1976. After he was let go in 1978, the team won no more Grey Cups. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

Frank Clair Stadium at Lansdowne Park was renamed in his honor in 1993.

Published in 1998 Inductees
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 20:00

Garney Henley

Henley was drafted in 1960 by the NFL's Green Bay Packers in the 15th round (173rd overall), but chose to head to Canada, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he embarked on a 16 year career (1960 to 1975) of CFL greatness.

As a defensive back he intercepted 59 passes for 916 yards and 5 touchdowns, and was selected as an All Star nine times. An excellent two-way player, as a wide receiver he was an All Star for the 10th time in 1972. He also won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award that year in which the Tiger-Cats won the Grey Cup at their home field, Ivor Wynne Stadium. He played in 7 Grey Cup games, winning 4 of them.

Published in 2015 Inductees
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:00

Joe Krol

Joe "King" Krol (February 20, 1919 – December 16, 2008) was a Canadian Football League quarterback, running back, defensive back, and placekicker/punter from 1942 to 1953 and 1955. Considered as possibly the most versatile player in CFL history as a triple-threat to pass, run, and kick, he was one of Canada's greatest athletes and also famously known as a "Gold Dust Twin" for his teamwork with Royal Copeland. After suffering from a fall in his apartment, Krol died in a Toronto hospital on December 16, 2008.

Krol was born on February 20, 1919, in Hamilton, Ontario and began playing Canadian football in high school at Kennedy Collegiate Institute in Windsor, Ontario in 1932, with which he won several secondary school championships. He went to the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario and played Intercollegiate Football for the Western Ontario Mustangs from 1938 to 1942 including the Intercollegiate championship in 1939.

Krol joined the Hamilton Flying Wildcats, an Ontario Rugby Football Union precursor to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, following university in 1942. In the 1943 season, he led the Flying Wildcats to a surprise victory to win his first of six Grey Cups. His performance, with a 30-yard pass for a touchdown, a field goal, and a rouge, made him the star of the game. The Wildcats returned to the Grey Cup final in the 1944 season but lost. In that game, Krol fumbled the ball to the St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy team after a hard hit on a run in the second quarter. Krol went on to play two games with the Detroit Lions in 1945 before joining the Toronto Argonauts for the remainder of the 1945 Canadian football season.

Krol won six Grey Cups, five with the Toronto Argonauts. His #55 jersey is one of only four that has been retired by the Boatmen. He was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete in 1946. He became a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963. He also played 2 games for the Detroit Lions of the NFL in 1945. Along with Royal Copeland (Argonauts and Calgary Stampeders 1944-1956), they were known as the Gold Dust Twins. Although official statistics were not kept for the Eastern teams until 1954, according to the 2001 Unofficial Canadian Football Encyclopedia, during the 1946 season, Krol completed ten passes for 147 yards and threw four touchdowns.

In November, 2006, Krol was voted one of the CFL's top 50 players (#46) in a poll conducted by Canadian sports network TSN.

Joe Krol was also one of the owners of the Mercury Night club with Harry Eckler of the baseball hall of fame and Sam Luftspring of the boxing hall of fame the most popular night club of the 1950's.

Published in 1996 Inductees
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