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Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum
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Established 1972
Location Tim Hortons Field
64 Melrose Avenue North, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Type Canadian football museum

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame (CFHOF) is a not-for-profit corporation, located in Hamilton, Ontario, that celebrates great achievements in Canadian football. It is maintained by the Canadian Football League (CFL). It includes displays about the CFL, Canadian university football and Canadian junior football history.

The Hall previously had a main feature in the central portion of the museum where inducted members, each with a metal bust depicting their head, were displayed prior to the physical building being closed. There were also featured displays that highlight each CFL team's history, and an interactive Field goal kicking exhibit. The CFHOF is currently changing to a de-centralized model, which does not included a main museum building (see "Today" below).

Once during every CFL season, the Hall sponsors the induction ceremony of former players. Included in the "Hall of Fame Weekend" is a regular season game, usually (but not always) affiliated with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Traditionally, the inducted players will come to the Hall and make an acceptance speech in front of the building where their newly sculpted bust is unveiled. A player must be retired from the game for at least three years before being eligible for consideration. A Hall of Fame voting committee is composed of sports writers, selected CFL executives and inducted members.

History

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame officially opened on November 28, 1972. It is located in downtown Hamilton, beside the former Hamilton City Hall and Family Courts Building, which is inside the former Andrew Carnegie library on Main Street, between Bay Street and MacNab Street. The Canadian Football Hall of Fame was awarded to the City of Hamilton in June 1963 following the invitation of Mayor Lloyd Douglas Jackson. The Hamilton Parks Board offered a space near Civic Stadium. Ivan Miller, former sports editor of The Spectator, was named the first curator. Soon after, the Board of Education purchased the land and building. The Hall moved to its new location in 1972 and closed on September 19, 2015. In 2015, responsibility for the museum moved from the City of Hamilton to the CFL.

Statue touchdown cfhof
Touchdown sculpture was located outside the Hall of Fame until 2018

The old Canadian Football Hall of Fame building was easily identified by the slightly-larger-than-life metal sculpture Touchdown, featuring a successful receiver being tackled. The sculpture has since been moved to Tim Hortons Field Gate 3. Tim Hortons Field also has 3 display areas - the Grey Cup display at Gate 3, the Media Hall of Fame Wing in the press box area, and the main display area in the premium level concourse. The main display area will feature all 296 busts (as of March 2018) and rotating displays of various artifacts. The displays are accessible during Hamilton Tiger-Cats home games (club level display open to all ticket holders 15 minutes after the end of the game), as well as Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings to the public at no charge. The CFHOF also has travelling displays for different CFL team home fields, the Grey Cup, and other events.

Canadian Football Hall of Famers

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  • Ben Cahoon – player (WR), 2014 (Montreal Alouettes 1998–2010).
  • Anthony Calvillo – player (QB), 2017 (Las Vegas Posse 1994, Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1995-1997, Montreal Alouettes 1998–2013).
  • Bob Cameron – player (P), 2010 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1980–2002).
  • Hugh Campbell – builder, 2000 (Saskatchewan Roughriders as player 1963–68, 1969; Edmonton Eskimos as head coach 1977–82, General manager 1986–97, president and CEO 1998–2006).
  • Jerry Campbell – player (LB), 1996 (Calgary Stampeders 1966–68, 1976; Ottawa Rough Riders 1968–75).* Tom Casey – player (RB), 1964 (Hamilton Wildcats 1949; Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1950–54, 1956).* Ken Charlton – player (RB/FW), 1992 (Saskatchewan Roughriders 1941, 1948–54; Winnipeg RCAF Bombers 1942; Regina All-Services Roughriders 1943; Ottawa Rough Riders 1945–47).* Arthur Chipman – builder, 1969 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers as president 1944–48; WIFU president 1949 and CRU president 1952).* Frank Clair – builder, 1981 (Toronto Argonauts as head coach 1950–54; Ottawa Rough Riders as head coach 1956–69, general manager 1970–78).* Bill Clarke – player (OT/DT), 1996 (Saskatchewan Roughriders 1951–64).* Tom Clements – player (QB), 1994 (Ottawa Rough Riders 1975–78; Saskatchewan Roughriders 1979; Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1979, 1981–83 ;Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1983–87).
  • Mike "Pinball" Clemons – player (RB/KR), 2008 (Toronto Argonauts 1989–2000).
  • Tommy Joe Coffeyplayer (WR/K), 1977 (Edmonton Eskimos 1959–60, 1962–66; Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1967–72; Toronto Argonauts 1973).
  • Lionel Conacher – player (K/R), 1963 (Toronto Torontos (ORFU) 1920; Toronto Argonauts 1921–22; Toronto Crosse & Blackwell Chefs 1934).* Peter Connellan – builder, 2012 (Calgary Dinos as head coach 1977–95).
  • Rod Connop – player (OL), 2005 (Edmonton Eskimos 1982–97).
  • Ralph Cooper – builder, 1992 (Hamilton Tiger-Cats organized the Hamilton merger in 1950, and as president 1950–52; various other roles within the league until the 1970s).* Royal Copeland – player (HB/DB), 1988 (HMCS York Navy 1944; Toronto Argonauts 1945–49, 1952–56; Calgary Stampeders 1950–51).* Jim Corrigall – player (DE), 1990 (Toronto Argonauts 1970–81).
  • Frank Cosentino – builder, 2018.
  • Bruce Coulter – builder, 1997 (McGill University as head coach 1958–61; various directorialships/presidencies with Canadian university sports).
    Grover Covington
    Grover Covington
  • Grover Covington – player (DE), 2000 (Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1981–91).
  • Ernie Cox – player (C), 1963 (Hamilton Tigers 1921–31).* Ross Craig – player (RB), 1964 (Hamilton Alerts 1911–12; Hamilton Tigers 1913–15, 1919–20).* Hec Crighton – builder, 1985 (served on CRU rules committee in 1947; instrumental in creation of university championship game).* Carl Cronin – player (QB/LB/K), 1967 (Winnipeg 'Pegs 1932–33; Calgary Bronks 1935–39 as coach).* Andrew Currie – builder, 1974 (officiating and rules committee 1935–70).* Gord Currie – builder, 2005 (amateur football coach, notably with the Regina Rams 1965–76).
  • Bernie Custis – builder, 1998 (amateur and college football coach 1958–88, notably with McMaster in the 1980s).* Dave Cutler – player (K), 1998 (Edmonton Eskimos 1969–84).
  • Wes Cutler – player (T/E/R), 1968 (University of Toronto 1931–32; Toronto Argonauts 1933–38).===D===
  • Peter Dalla Riva – player (TE), 1993 (Montreal Alouettes 1968–81).
  • Andrew P. Davies – builder, 1969 (Ottawa Rough Riders as player/coach 1920s, executive officer, and team physician until 1948).* Eddie Davis - player (DB), 2015.
  • John DeGruchy – builder, 1963 (president of the CRU 1925, 1930, 1935; president of the ORFU for 25 years).* Dave Dickenson – player (QB), 2015.
Rocky Dipietro - 1989
Rocky DiPietro

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  • Bernie Faloney – player (QB), 1974 (Edmonton Eskimos 1954; Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1957–64; Montreal Alouettes 1965–66; BC Lions 1967).* Cap Fear – player (OW), 1967 (Toronto Argonauts 1919–25; Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 1927; Hamilton Tigers 1928–32).* Dave Fennell – player (DT), 1990 (Edmonton Eskimos 1974–83).
  • Johnny Ferraro – player (P/K/QB/FB), 1966 (Hamilton Tigers 1934–35; Montreal Indians 1936–37, 1940; Montreal Nationals (ORFU 1938–39).* Dan Ferrone – player (OG), 2013 (Toronto Argonauts 1981–88, 1990–92; Calgary Stampeders 1989).
  • Norm Fieldgate – player (DE/OE/LB/DB), 1979 (BC Lions 1954–67).
  • Willie Fleming – player (RB), 1982 (BC Lions 1959–66).
  • Scott Flory – player, 2018.
  • Darren Flutie – player (WR), 2007 (BC Lions 1991–96; Edmonton Eskimos 1996–97; Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1998–2002).
  • Doug Flutie – player (QB), 2008 (BC Lions 1990–91; Calgary Stampeders 1992–95; Toronto Argonauts 1996–1997).
  • Chris Flynn – player (QB), 2011 (Saint Mary's Huskies 1987–1990).
  • Sidney Forster – builder, 2001 (instrumental in amateur football, notably the Northern Football Conference as coach and president).* William C. Foulds – builder, 1963 (University of Toronto as player 1908–10; Toronto Argonauts as head coach 1911, 1914–15; various positions in CRU).* Gino Fracas – builder, 2011 (University of Alberta as head coach 1963–66; University of Windsor as head coach 1968–87).* Bill Frank – player (OT/DT), 2001 (BC Lions 1962–64; Toronto Argonauts 1965–68; Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1968–76).* Brian Fryer – player (WR), 2013 (University of Alberta 1972–1975, Edmonton Eskimos 1978–85; Ottawa Rough Riders 1985).
  • Greg B. Fulton – builder, 1995 (major statistician for the CFL from 1966–73 and a member of rules committee).===G===
  • Tony Gabriel – player (TE), 1984 (Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1971–74; Ottawa Rough Riders 1975–81).
  • Gene Gaines – player (HB), 1994 (Montreal Alouettes 1961, 1970–76; Ottawa Rough Riders 1962–1969).
Hugh Gall
Hugh Gall
Albert Grey
Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey

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CFL Lancaster
Ron Lancaster,
Canadian Football Hall of Fame

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Hal Patterson - football player
Hal Patterson

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  • Silver Quilty – player (FW), 1966 (University of Ottawa 1907–1912; Ottawa Rough Riders 1913; McGill University 1914).===R===
  • Moe Racine – player (OT/K), 2014 (Ottawa Rough Riders 1958–74).* Dave Raimey – player (RB/KR), 2000 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1965–68; Toronto Argonauts 1969–74).
  • Russ Rebholz – player (RB/QB), 1963 (Winnipeg St. John's 1932; Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1933–38).* George Reed – player (RB), 1979 (Saskatchewan Roughriders 1963–75).
  • Ted Reeve – player, 1963 (Toronto Argonauts 1923; Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 1924–30, later as coach 1945–46; Queen's University as coach 1933–38; Montreal Royals as coach 1939; Toronto Beaches Indians as coach, 1948).* Dave Ridgway – player (K), 2003 (Saskatchewan Roughriders 1982–95).
  • Frank Rigney – player (OT), 1984 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1958–67).* Al Ritchie – builder, 1963 (Saskatchewan Roughriders as manager 1921–28 and coach 1930–32, 1935, 1942).* Charles Roberts – player (RB), 2014 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2001-08; BC Lions 2008).
  • Larry Robinson – player (DB/K/R), 1998 (Calgary Stampeders 1961–75).* Rocco Romano – player (OG), 2007 (Calgary Stampeders 1987, 1992–2000; Toronto Argonauts 1988; Ottawa Rough Riders 1989; BC Lions 1990–91).
  • Mike Rodden – builder, 1964 (Queen's University as player 1910–13, coach 1916; McGill University as player 1914; Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club as player 1915, coach 1921–22; Toronto Argonauts as player 1919–20, coach 1920, 1926; Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers as coach 1924; Hamilton Tigers as coach 1927–30, 1937).* Paul Rowe – player (RB), 1964 (Calgary Bronks 1938–40; Calgary Stampeders 1945–50).* Martin Ruby – player (OT/DT), 1974 (Saskatchewan Roughriders 1951–57).* Jeff Russel – player (RB), 1963 (Royal Military College of Canada 1917–20; McGill University 1920–22; Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 1922–25).* Joe Ryan – builder, 1968 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers as manager 1931–41).===S===
  • Ralph Sazio – builder, 1988 (Hamilton Tiger-Cats as player 1950–53, head coach 1963–67, general manager 1968–75, 1980, president 1973–77, vice-president of football operations 1978–80; Toronto Argonauts as president 1981–90).* Stan Schwartz – builder, 2017 (Calgary Stampeders as assistant coach 1976-84, as president 1996-2004)
  • Tom Scott – player (SB), 1998 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1974–77; Edmonton Eskimos 1978–83; Calgary Stampeders 1984).
  • Vince Scott – player (DG), 1982 (Hamilton Wildcats 1949; Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1950, 1952–62).* Dick Shatto – player (FB/HB/SB/F), 1975 (Toronto Argonauts 1954–65).* Frank "Shag" Shaughnessy – builder, 1963 (McGill University as coach 1912–28).* Tom Shepherd – builder, 2008 (Saskatchewan Roughriders as president 1966–present).* Hap Shouldice – builder, 1977 (mostly for contributions to league rules and officiating including the CFL's first director of officiating in 1972).* Geroy Simon – player (WR), 2017 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1999–2000, BC Lions 2001–2012, Saskatchewan Roughriders 2013)
  • Ben Simpson – player (HB/K), 1963 (Queen's University 1899–1903; Hamilton Tigers 1904–10).* Bob Simpson – player (FW/RB/DB), 1976 (Windsor Rockets 1949; Ottawa Rough Riders 1950–62).* Jimmie Simpson – builder, 1985 (Hamilton Tigers as player 1928–38; Hamilton Flying Wildcats as player 1943–44; Hamilton Tiger-Cats as trainer 1953–74; also for officiating 1945–56).* Karl Slocomb – builder, 1989 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers as executive 1940s–1950s, president 1953; later as president of WIFU 1956 and CRU 1960).* Victor Spencer – builder, 2006 (Hamilton Tigers as player BC Lions as club organizer, director, and executive in the 1950s, serving other roles since then).* David Sprague – player (RB/DT), 1963 (Hamilton Tigers 1930–32; Ottawa Rough Riders 1933–40).* Harry Spring – builder, 1976 (Meraloma Club (BCRFU) as president 1937; BC Lions as treasurer 1955–56, vice-president 1957, and president 1958–59).* Milt Stegall – player (SB), 2012 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1995–2008).
  • Orlondo Steinauer – player (S), 2021 (Ottawa Rough Riders 1996; Hamiltion Tiger-Cats 1997–2000; Toronto Argonauts 2001–2008).
  • Art Stevenson – player (RB/QB/K), 1969 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1937–41).* Ron Stewart – player (RB), 1977 (Queen's University 1953–57; Ottawa Rough Riders 1958–70).
  • Bummer Stirling – player (K/RB), 1966 (Sarnia Imperials 1929–38).* Annis Stukus – builder, 1974 (Toronto Argonauts as player 1935–41; Toronto Oakwood Indians as player/coach 1942; Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers as player 1943; HMCS York Navy Bulldogs as player 1944; Toronto Indians as player 1945–46; Edmonton Eskimos as player 1949–50, coach/general manager 1949–51; BC Lions as coach/general manager 1954–55).* Don Sutherin – player (DB/K), 1992 (Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1958, 1960–66; Ottawa Rough Riders 1967–69; Toronto Argonauts 1970).
  • Bill Symons – player (HB), 1997 (BC Lions 1966; Toronto Argonauts 1967–73).

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Piffles Taylor
Piffles Taylor
  • Piffles Taylor – builder, 1963. (University of Toronto as player pre-WWI; Regina Roughriders as player 1914–16, 1919–20, later as president 1934–36; Regina Boat Club as player 1920–21 and coach 1922–23; later president of WIFU and CRU).* Dave Thelen – player (RB), 1989 (Ottawa Rough Riders 1958–64; Toronto Argonauts 1965–66).
  • Brian Timmis – player (OT), 1963 (Ottawa Seconds (QRFU) 1919; Regina Roughriders 1920–22; Ottawa Rough Riders 1923; Hamilton Tigers 1924–38).* Frank Tindall – builder, 1984 (Toronto Argonauts as player 1933–34; Queen's University as coach 1939–75).* Buddy Tinsley – player (OT/DT), 1982 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1950–60).* Andy Tommy – player (FW/HB), 1989 (Ottawa Rough Riders 1933–41, 1946–47; Toronto Argonauts 1945).* Brian Towriss – builder, 2017 (Saskatchewan Huskies as assistant coach 1980–83; as coach 1984-2016).
  • Herb Trawick – player (OT), 1975 (Montreal Alouettes 1946–57).* Joe Tubman – player (HB/K), 1968 (Ottawa Rough Riders 1919–31).* Whit Tucker – player (HB/F), 1993 (University of Western Ontario 1960–61; Ottawa Rough Riders 1962–70).

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In addition to builders of the sport, and players, the Hall of Fame also has a section dedicated towards broadcasters and reporters of the sport.

Inductees

  • Ernie Afaganis, 1988
  • Tony Allen, 1981
  • Perc Allen, 1991
  • Ralph Allen, 1990
  • Jeff Avery, 2017
  • John Badham, 1995
  • Mike Beamish, 2014
  • Eric Bishop, 1987
  • Bob Bratina, 1998
  • Rheaume Brisebois, 1982
  • Stephen Brunt, 2007
  • Ernie Calcutt, 2017*Dink Carroll, 1986
  • Tom Casey, 2004
  • Don Chevrier, 2016*Rick Cluff, 1999
  • Cam Cole, 2002
  • Jim Coleman, 1980
  • Jim Cox, 1997
  • Gordon Craig, 1996
  • Chris Cuthbert, 2014
  • Darrell Davis, 2006
  • Vern DeGeer, 1981
  • Dave Dryburgh, 1981
  • Pierre Dufault, 2001
  • Milt Dunnell, 1986
  • Johnny Esaw, 1984
  • Trent Frayne, 1987
  • Bob Frewin, 1990
  • Kent Gilchrist, 2005
  • Bill Good, Sr., 1982
  • Paul Graham, 2018
  • Bryan Hall, 1989
  • Bob Hanley, 1992
  • Bob Hooper, 2021
  • Bob Hughes, 1990
  • Jim Hunt, 1987
  • Gorde Hunter, 1983
  • Bob Irving, 1997
  • Dale Isaac, 2003
  • Mal Isaac, 2003
  • Terry Jones, 2002
  • Jim Kearney, 1993
  • Graham Kelly, 2002
  • George Kent, 1988
  • Terry Kielty, 1991
  • Eddie MacCabe, 1985
  • Al Maki, 2006
  • Pat Marsden, 1989
  • Norm Marshall, 1989
  • Peter Martin, 2000
  • Jack Matheson, 1986
  • Rick Matsumoto, 1994
  • Al McCann, 1993
  • J. P. McConnell, 1996
  • Wes McKnight, 1985
  • Paul McLean, 2009
  • Tom Melville, 1988
  • Ivan Miller, 1979
  • Steve Milton, 2012
  • Bob Moir, 1985
  • Dave Naylor, 2015
  • Ken Newans, 1991
  • Andy O'Brien, 1980
  • Basil O'Meara, 1979
  • Bernie Pascall, 2021
  • Joe Pascucci, 2015
  • Hal Pawson, 1983
  • Bob Picken, 1992
  • Jim Proudfoot, 1992
  • Tony Proudfoot, 2008
  • Pierre Proulx, 1985
  • Gillis Purcell, 1987
  • Dan Ralph, 2012
  • Ted Reeve, 1979
  • Al Ruckaber, 2005
  • Lloyd Saunders, 1986
  • Bill Selnes, 2013
  • Fred Sgambati, 1989
  • Hal Sigurdson, 1994
  • Doug Smith, 1983
  • Maurice Smith, 1982
  • Mark Stephen, 2013
  • Bill Stephenson, 1988
  • Annis Stukus, 1980
  • Jack Sullivan, 1994
  • Erwin Swangard, 1984
  • Ed Tait, 2011
  • Jim Taylor, 1989
  • Lowell Ullrich, 2014
  • Henry Viney, 1980
  • Gord Walker, 1982
  • Hal Walker, 1979
  • Jack Wells, 1981
  • John Wells, 1995
  • Bill Westwick, 1984
  • Brian Williams, 2010
  • Don Wittman, 1990
  • Herb Zurkowsky, 2008
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