Bernie Faloney

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. 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.[1] In 2005, Faloney was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.[2] 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.[3]

Bernie Faloney
No. 10, 90, 92
Bernie Faloney
Faloney featured in the October 1966 issue of Canadian Boy'
Born:June 15, 1932
Carnegie, Pennsylvania
Died:June 14, 1999 (aged 66)
Hamilton, Ontario
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight193 lb (88 kg)
NFL draft1954 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Drafted bySan Francisco 49ers
Career history
As player
1954Edmonton Eskimos
1957–1964Hamilton Tiger-Cats
19651966Montreal Alouettes
1967BC Lions
Career highlights and awards
CFL East All-Star1958, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1965
Awards1961 CFL MOP
1965 Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy
Career stats

Early life & college career

B.J. "Bernie" Faloney was born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, where he played high school football before attending the University of Maryland, College Park. There, he played college football as a quarterback, helping the Terrapins make it to the Sugar Bowl in 1952. In his senior season of 1953, Faloney quarterbacked Maryland to be NCAA Division I-A national football champions and into the 1954 Orange Bowl. At season's end, Faloney finished fourth in the balloting for the 1953 Heisman Trophy.

Professional football career

Faloney was drafted in the first round of the 1954 National Football League draft by the San Francisco 49ers.[1] San Francisco offered Faloney $9000 to play defensive back and back-up quarterback. However Pop Ivy, coach of the University of Maryland's Orange Bowl opponent, Oklahoma, was moving to the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League and offered Faloney a $12,500 contract to accompany him. At the time the Canadian dollar was worth 10 per cent more than its American counterpart so the choice to head north was easy, Faloney later recalled.

A scrambling quarterback, Faloney helped the 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 two 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 and most touchdowns. He is the first CFL quarterback to win a Grey Cup championship with both Eastern and Western Conference teams.[4]

Bernie Faloney was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1974, the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1983, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988, and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. In November 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.[3]

Later life and death

In retirement, Faloney made his home in Hamilton, Ontario[5] where he became a part owner of a construction company. An avid horseman, he remained active in community and business affairs until being stricken with colorectal cancer.

Faloney died on June 14, 1999, in Hamilton, Ontario.


Cannon Street in Hamilton, Ontario, in the Brian Timmis Stadium and Ivor Wynne Stadium area is also known as Bernie Faloney Way.

Video clips

Canadian Football Hall of Fame member


  1. ^ a b Brunt, Stephen (1999-06-15). "A great athlete, a great citizen and a storied Tiger-Cat legend". Canada's Sports HOF (originally appeared in The Globe and Mail). Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  2. ^ "Bernie Faloney". Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b "TSN Top 50 Honour Roll". 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  4. ^ "Honoured Members: Bernie Faloney". Canada's Sports HOF. 1999. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  5. ^ "Info Please: Bernie Faloney". Retrieved 2007-01-26.

External sources

  • Graham Kelly, The Grey Cup (1999)
1961 CFL season

The 1961 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the eighth season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the fourth Canadian Football League season.

1965 CFL season

The 1965 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 12th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the eighth Canadian Football League season.

1967 BC Lions season

The 1967 BC Lions finished in fifth place in the Western Conference with a 3–12–1 record after Joe Kapp, Willie Fleming, Tom Hinton, Pat Claridge, Jim Carphin and Dick Fouts left the team following the conclusion of the 1966 season.

During the off-season, Herb Capozzi was replaced with new General Manager Denny Veitch.

Former Hamilton star pivot Bernie Faloney was brought in to replace Kapp. It was Faloney's final year of professional football, and while he threw for a career best 3303 yards, he also threw 21 interceptions and was sacked 35 times. After losing their first five games, Grey Cup winning head coach Dave Skrien was replaced by interim coach Ron Morris and then by Jim Champion. The team was characterized by its lack of offense, only averaging 14.9 points and 1.5 touchdowns per game.

The poor field goal kicking from the previous season resulted in the Lions being the first team to use a specialist kicker in the CFL. Although Ted Gerela did backup at running back, he did represent the transition in the CFL from the era when a regular positional player did the kicking and the era of kickers who do nothing but kick.

Veteran linebacker Norm Fieldgate, who had played with the team since the 1954 expansion, retired at the end of the season after 223 games.

The Lions introduced a new helmet logo: a roaring lion's head with BC inscribed on the cheek. This would be the team's primary mark for the 'lost decade' of Lions football from 1967 to 1977 where the team won more than six games only twice.

42nd Grey Cup

The 42nd Grey Cup football game was played on November 27, 1954, before a full house (27,321 in attendance) at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.The underdog Edmonton Eskimos won a contest over the Montreal Alouettes by the score of 26 to 25. The game, replete with record performances and a touch of controversy, is considered one of the finest Grey Cup games ever.

Chet Miksza

Chet Miksza (November 28, 1930 – October 29, 1975) was a centre for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League from 1952-1968.

Don Paquette

Don Paquette (January 23, 1939 – July 29, 2017) was a Canadian Football League player whose main position was offensive guard, but also defensive end. He played for 4 teams from 1958 to 1965.

After playing college football at Niagara-On-The-Lake HS, now Niagara College, Don Paquette joined the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 1958 mostly as an offensive lineman and remained with them until 1960. In 1961, he was involved in a blockbuster trade when he and Bernie Faloney were dealt to the Montreal Alouettes for Hal Patterson and Sam Etcheverry. But since Faloney and Etcheverry exercised their no-trade contract clause, the deal became even up Paquette for Patterson, considered by many people as one of the worst trades in Alouette history. Although Paquette played in all 14 games in 1961 and 1963, he did not stand out and was traded 3 more times before retiring.

Geno DeNobile

Geno DeNobile was a Grey Cup champion Canadian football player, playing from 1956 to 1964 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.DeNobile was truly a hometown boy. Born in Hamilton, he came up through the ranks with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Junior B team. He was an unsung hero of the great Tiger-Cat teams. Though he was never an all-star during his 9-year career, he played in seven Grey Cup games, winning two of them in 1957 and 1963.

He died on May 5, 1995.

Hamilton Canucks

The Hamilton Canucks were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). They played in Hamilton, Ontario, at Copps Coliseum. They were the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The team was the top minor league affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks for two seasons (1992–1994) in the AHL, and was initially owned by former NHL player Pat Hickey, Canadian Football League legend Bernie Faloney and Dieter Beer. Just as the first season concluded, the three sold their interest to a group that called themselves "Double Hitch Enterprises"; both Faloney and Beer left and Hickey stayed on as the president.

The second season started off with the team deciding to dump the Hamilton Canucks jersey in favour of wearing exactly the same jersey as their parent team. They also introduced a caveman theme, and had a mascot dressed as a caveman who waved around a sponge club and chants. After the first home game, Pat Hickey left the franchise. A few days later the new owners bailed on the city as they did not like the lease at Copps and pulled the plug on "Double Hitch Enterprises".The AHL was angered by the ownership group pulling the plug after a single home game and thus had to run the franchise going forward or fold it. It took about 3 weeks of back and forth negotiations with the AHL and Vancouver. The final result was that hockey would stay for the season in Hamilton and the team given to Vancouver to operate. One of the suitors for the team at the time was Syracuse, NY - where the franchise would eventually wind up in October 1994.

In spite of all the off the ice drama, the team did dramatically better than the first season and actually made the playoffs. But a hot Cornwall goalie, Garth Snow and sniper Rene Corbet made short work of the Canucks in 4 games. With no local interest, Vancouver moved their AHL franchise and it became the Syracuse Crunch.

Two years later, the Edmonton Oilers moved their AHL affiliate into Copps Coliseum, as the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats all-time records and statistics

The following is a list of Hamilton Tiger-Cats all time records and statistics for players current to the 2018 CFL season. This list includes all seasons since the team's inception in 1950 and does not include lineage figures from the Hamilton Tigers nor the Hamilton Wildcats.

For records by head coaches, see List of Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coaches.

Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy

The Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy is a Canadian football award recognizing the most outstanding football player of the Quebec Student Sport Federation (RESQ)The trophy was originally presented to the player who best exemplified skill, sportsmanship, and courage in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union. In 1973, it became the award to the Most Outstanding Player of the Canadian Football League's East Division and either the winner of this trophy or the winner of the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy from the West would go on to win the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award. The trophy was donated to the Canadian Rugby Union in 1928, to honour former Montreal player, Jeff Russel, who was killed in 1926, while repairing damaged electric lines for the Montreal Power Company. The trophy was officially retired in 1994 at the request of the Russel family.

The Terry Evanshen Trophy replaced the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy as the official trophy to be awarded to the Most Outstanding Player of the East Division.

In 2003, it was re-established for recognizing the players in the Quebec conference of U Sports football and the winner is nominated for the national Hec Crighton Trophy.

Jim Quondamatteo

Jim Quondamatteo (October 7, 1927 – November 16, 2006), a lifelong resident of Hamilton, Ontario, was a championship offensive guard for three professional Canadian football teams.

Quondamatteo started his career with the Hamilton Tigers in 1948, but moved to the Montreal Alouettes in 1949, playing 12 games and helping them win their first Grey Cup. He then played for the Edmonton Eskimos for six seasons (1950 to 1955.) As an unsung hero, blocking for greats like Jackie Parker, Normie Kwong, Rollie Miles, Bernie Faloney, Don Getty and Johnny Bright, he helped the Eskimos win two Grey Cup games, in 1954 and 1955.He was past President of the Hamilton Real Estate Board and a prominent restaurateur, and was survived by his wife of 55 years, Gladys, and three children.

Joe Zuger

Joe Zuger (born February 25, 1940) is a former American and Canadian football player. He played his entire professional career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was selected in the 18th round (248th overall) by the Detroit Lions in the 1961 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona State.

List of Maryland Terrapins football honorees

The Maryland Terrapins football team was founded in 1892 to represent the University of Maryland in intercollegiate competition and has participated in the sport all but one season since its inception. Over the course of the team's history, the Terrapins' performance has run the gamut from national championships to winless seasons.During periods of both ascendancy and mediocrity, individual Maryland players of exceptional ability have received various accolades. In total, Terrapins have been named to an All-America team 58 times, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference team 196 times, an All-Big Ten Conference team 7 times, and an All-Southern Conference team 14 times. Of the All-America selections, twenty-three players received first-team honors a total of twenty-eight times. Eleven players were named consensus first-team All-Americans a total of twelve times, and five players were named first-team All-Americans by unanimous consensus.

Terrapins have won several nationally recognized individual awards, including the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Dick Butkus Award, the Lombardi Award, and the Outland Trophy, each of which recognizes the best player at a particular position in a given season. The College Football Hall of Fame has inducted six former Maryland players, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame has enshrined two. Four former Maryland head coaches have also been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame has inducted sixty-two former football lettermen and two former head coaches who were not alumni.

Maryland Terrapins football under Jim Tatum

From 1947 to 1955, Jim Tatum served as the head coach of the Maryland Terrapins football team, which represented the University of Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football. Maryland hired Tatum to replace Clark Shaughnessy after the 1946 season. Tatum had created both success and controversy during his one season as head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners football team. During his nine-year tenure, Tatum became one of the most successful head football coaches in Maryland history, and the Terrapins compiled two national championships, three conference championships, and five bowl game appearances. His teams compiled a 73–15–4 record without a single losing season, and as of the end of 2016, he has the highest winning percentage of any Maryland football coach who coached at least seven games. In 1954, the University of Maryland appointed a new president, Dr. Wilson Elkins, who chose to de-emphasize football. Following the 1955 season, Tatum took a pay cut to coach at his alma mater, North Carolina, and he died four years later.

During Tatum's tenure, several Maryland players were awarded prestigious individual honors. Two Maryland quarterbacks were runners-up for the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded to college football's most outstanding player. In 1952, Jack Scarbath was a first runner-up to Oklahoma running back Billy Vessels. In 1953, Bernie Faloney was a third runner-up, with John Lattner of Notre Dame winning the award. Dick Modzelewski won the 1952 Outland Trophy, the annual award given to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman.

Seven Maryland players received first-team All-American honors: Bernie Faloney, Stan Jones, Dick Modzelewski, Bob Pellegrini, Mike Sandusky, Jack Scarbath, and Bob Ward (twice honored). Seven Maryland players received second-team All-American honors: Tom Cosgrove, Chet Hanulak, Ray Krouse, Dick Modzelewski, Ed Modzelewski, Ed Vereb, and Bill Walker (twice honored). Also during this period, the Southern Conference (through 1952) and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) (since 1953) bestowed all-conference honors upon Maryland players twenty-seven times. In later years, two of these players were honored as part of the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team and five were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Peter Neumann (Canadian football)

Peter Neumann is a former Canadian Football League player for 14 seasons the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was a 9-time CFL's Eastern All-Star and a part of three Grey Cup championship teams.

Neumann was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

Ralph Goldston

Ralph Peter Goldston (February 25, 1929 – July 9, 2011) was a running back and defensive back in the Canadian Football League who played nine seasons for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He helped the Tiger-Cats to two Grey Cup wins in 1957 and 1963. He was a 4 time all-star with the Ti-Cats, intercepting 32 passes and returning them for 416 yards. Goldston finished his career with the Montreal Alouettes in 1965. He was selected in the 1952 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and he played four seasons for the Eagles. After retiring as an active player, Goldston spent 30 years as a college coach (Harvard and Colorado) and finally a scout for the Seattle Seahawks.

Goldston died on July 9, 2011 in Columbus, OH.

Tommy Grant (Canadian football)

Tommy Grant (January 9, 1935 – October 18, 2011) was a professional Canadian football player who played for 14 years in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Tony Curcillo

Anthony Curcillo Jr. (born May 27, 1931 in Long Branch, New Jersey) is a former Grey Cup champion football player in the National Football League and Canadian Football League.

Zeno Karcz

Zeno Karcz (born May 16, 1935) is a former linebacker in the Canadian Football League.

Having played his junior football with the Windsor AKO Fratmen, he went on to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (from 1957 to 1966) in the CFL. He was an all star in 1962 and 1965, winning the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1965. He was a member of the 1957, 1963 and 1965 Grey Cup championship teams.

After retiring from professional football, he returned to the Windsor AKO Fratmen as head coach between 1967 and 1969.

Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy – MVP in the IRFU or CFL Eastern Conference (prior to 1973)
Most Outstanding Player Award in the CFL Eastern Conference/East Division

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