Kurt Burris

Kurt Burris (June 27, 1932 – July 21, 1999) was an American gridiron football center. He played college football at Oklahoma, where he was an All-American and finished second in the 1954 Heisman Trophy balloting. In 2000, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Burris was selected in the 1955 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, but he went to the Canadian Football League, where he played for five seasons.

Burris had five brothers who also played football at Oklahoma, including three time All-American Paul "Buddy" Burris. Burris died on July 21, 1999 in Billings, Montana. He was 67.

Kurt Burris
Born:June 27, 1932
Nowata, Oklahoma
Died:July 21, 1999 (aged 67)
Billings, Montana
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
NFL draft1955 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Drafted byCleveland Browns
Career history
As player
19551958Edmonton Eskimos
1958Saskatchewan Roughriders
1960Calgary Stampeders
Career highlights and awards
1954 College Football All-America Team

The 1954 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1954. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1954 season are (1) the All-America Board (AAB), (2) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (3) the Associated Press (AP), (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (7) the Sporting News (SN), and (8) the United Press (UP).

Wisconsin's fullback Alan Ameche won the Heisman Trophy in 1954 as the best player in college football and was a unanimous first-team selection by all eight official selectors. Three other players were unanimous choices among the official selectors: Notre Dame's quarterback Ralph Guglielmi; Ohio State's halfback Howard "Hopalong" Cassidy; and Arkansas' guard Bud Brooks.

43rd Grey Cup

The 43rd Grey Cup game was played on November 26, 1955, before 39,417 football fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. This was the first Grey Cup played in Vancouver.

The Edmonton Eskimos beat Montreal Alouettes by the score of 34 to 19.

Al Anderson (Canadian football)

Albert James Anderson (c. 1914 – January 15, 1994) was a Canadian football administrator who was general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos from 1947 to 1956. He won three Grey Cups with them in 1954, 1955 and 1956. Anderson later worked with the Edmonton Exhibition Association and Northlands.

Bob Dean

Bob Dean (December 17, 1929 – May 10, 2007) was a kicker and two-way lineman with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

Dean played college football at the University of Maryland, where he lettered from 1948 to 1950. He graduated with a BA degree in education. He enjoyed three highly successful years with the Eskimos dynasty. He played in three Grey Cup games, from 1954 to 1956, against the Montreal Alouettes, winning all of them. His convert on Jackie Parker's famous 90 yard fumble return won the 42nd Grey Cup classic.

Dean retired from playing after the 1956 season (though he did play one game for the Montreal Alouettes in 1957) but made Edmonton his home and continued to coach. He was a teacher at Victoria Composite where he coached of City Senior Football Champions in 1966 and 1967. At Bonnie Doon Composite, where he was assistant principal, they won two City Senior Football titles (1971 and 1972 City and Provincial Champion) with Dean as Defensive Coordinator of the Lancers. (Ken Brice was Head Coach). Later he was principal at Victoria and at M.E. Lazerte Composite High School where he coached his teams to four more City Senior Football championships.

He later served on the Edmonton Police Commission and the Edmonton Public School Board.


Burris is a surname, and may refer to:

Al Burris (1894-1938), baseball player

Art Burris (1924–1993) basketball player

Benjamin J. Burris, university president

Bo Burris (born 1944), American football player

Buddy Burris (1923–2007) football player

Henry Burris (born 1975), football player

Jack Burris (1917-1952), attorney and murder victim

Jeff Burris (born 1972), football player

John Burris (born 1945), attorney

John Burris (CEO) founder of Sourcefire

John Burris (politician) (born 1986), American politician

Kurt Burris (1932-1999), football player

Patrick Burris (born 1950), martial artist

Patrick Tracy Burris (1967-2009), American spree killer

Ray Burris (born 1950), baseball player

Robert H. Burris (1914–2010), biochemistry professor

Roland Burris (born 1937), politician and US Senator from Illinois

Samuel Burris (1808-1869), abolitionist

Timothy Burris, lutenist

Tony Burris (American football), American football player

Tony K. Burris, (1929-1951) soldier

Dale Meinert

Dale Meinert (December 18, 1933 – May 10, 2004) was a professional American football player. He played ten seasons in the National Football League for the Chicago Cardinals/St. Louis Cardinals. Meinert was a three time pro bowler at middle linebacker. Previously he played three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Don Barry (Canadian football)

Donald Joseph Barry (June 23, 1931 – May 30, 2014) was a Canadian football player who played for the Edmonton Eskimos. He won the Grey Cup with them in 1954, 1955 and 1956. Barry was born in Edmonton He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and the City of Edmonton's Hall of Fame in 2010. Don also contributed to Canadian football as a coach in Edmonton: St. Joseph’s High School; St. Anthony’s College, Edmonton Huskies, Edmonton Wildcats, and the University of Alberta Golden Bears (1967-1979: earning two Vanier Cups). He was proud to have been a guest coach (Offensive Line) in the 1987 CFL Players Association All-Star Game. He later retired to Canmore, Alberta where he died in 2014.

Earl Lindley

Earl Leishman Lindley (March 13, 1933 – February 14, 2012) was a professional Canadian football player from 1954 to 1957. He participated in three Grey Cup victories in 1954, 1955 and 1956. He played his college football at Utah State University, where he led all scorers in NCAA football in 1953, with 13 touchdowns and 3 extra points for a total of 81 points.

He was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

Frank Anderson (Canadian football)

Frank G. Anderson (May 24, 1928 — September 28, 1983) was an American gridiron football player. He played professional Canadian football with the Edmonton Eskimos and college football at the University of Oklahoma. At Oklahoma, Anderson played under head coach Bud Wilkinson. The Sooners lost only three games during Anderon's tenure, from 1947 to 1950. The Sooners won consecutive Sugar Bowls in 1949 and 1950. Anderson was named All-American in 1950.

Anderson joined fellow Sooner Claude Arnold in Edmonton for the 1952 season. Anderson played from 1952 to 1957 with the Edmonton Eskimos, during which time, he earned the nickname "Blood & Guts" for his tough on field performance. During his time with the Eskimos, Anderson was a five-time defensive All-star. During his tenure, the Eskimos played in the 1952 Grey Cup, losing to the Toronto Argonauts. From 1954 through 1956, the Eskimos won three Grey Cups in a row; all were played against the Montreal Alouettes led by quarterback Sam Etcheverry. Anderson was inducted posthumously onto the Commonwealth Stadium Wall of Honour in October 1985, the 8th former player honored.

Frank Morris (Canadian football)

Frank Morris (May 20, 1923 – April 10, 2009) was a professional Canadian football offensive lineman and defensive lineman who played 14 seasons in the Canadian professional leagues for the Toronto Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos. He was a part of six Grey Cup championship teams (three with the Argonauts and three with the Eskimos) as a player and seven Grey Cup teams as a member of management and player personnel. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Morris died on April 10, 2009, in Edmonton following a lengthy illness.

Gino Fracas

Gino Fracas (April 28, 1930 – October 29, 2009) was a professional Canadian football player and hall of fame CIS football coach. He was professor of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor from 1967 to 1995.

Hal Krebs

Harold Krebs (born c. 1936) was a Canadian football player who played for the Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders. He won the Grey Cup with the Eskimos in 1956. He played junior football previously for the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen and London Lords. His son, Tom Krebs also played for the Edmonton Eskimos in the 1980s. He was later working in the real estate investment business in Calgary. In 1969, Krebs filed a lawsuit against the Stampeders, alleging that he was forced to play games while injured.

John Tatum (Canadian football)

John Tatum (born c. 1935) is a former Canadian football player who played for the Edmonton Eskimos. He played college football at the University of Texas.

Mike Kmech

Michael Kmech (born c. 1934) was a Canadian football player who played for the Edmonton Eskimos. He won the Grey Cup with the Eskimos in 1956. He was born in Lamont, Alberta.

Oscar Kruger

Oskar Kruger (December 24, 1932 – July 4, 2010) was a defensive back for the Edmonton Eskimos from 1954 to 1965 of the Canadian Football League.Brought up in Edmonton, Kruger played for the Edmonton Wildcats in 1953 and then in 1954 for the Edmonton Eskimos. He played 12 seasons at safety and ended his career with 46 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries. Kruger was also a boxing champion for Alberta. While playing football, he attended the University of Alberta from which he graduated with a law degree. He was a Western Conference All-Star in 1957, 1958, 1961, and 1962 and also led the league in interceptions 3 times. In particular, he intercepted 7 balls each year from 1956 to 1958 and 6 balls in 1961 and 1963. He was also a punt returner, especially at the start of his career.

In 1963, Kruger was named the Eskimos’ Top Canadian before retiring in 1965. His name is honoured on the Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour on the Commonwealth Stadium.After his football career, Kruger practiced law in Edmonton after obtaining his degree from the University of Alberta.

Pop Ivy

Lee Frank "Pop" Ivy (January 25, 1916 – May 17, 2003) was a football player and coach who was the only person to serve as a head coach in the National Football League, the American Football League and the Western Interprovincial Football Union.

Ray Prochaska

Raymond Edward Prochaska (August 9, 1919 – March 9, 1997) was an American gridiron football player and coach. Born in Ulysses, Nebraska, he attended the University of Nebraska and played one season in the National Football League (NFL). Prochaska made his professional debut in the NFL in 1941 with the Cleveland Rams before leaving football for military service during World War II.

Prochaska went on to be an assistant coach, often serving under Chuck Knox with multiple NFL teams, and in 1961 briefly served as interim head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals. He coached under Knox with the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Seattle Seahawks. After Pop Ivy resigned late in the season, Prochaska shared head coaching duties with fellow assistant coaches Chuck Drulis and Ray Willsey. Under the trio's guidance, the team won its last two games.

Rollie Miles

Elmer Roland "Rollie" Miles (February 16, 1927 - August 17, 1995) was a professional football player for the Canadian Football League Edmonton Eskimos. Miles played offence (running back), defence (linebacker, defensive back), and special teams (kickoff/punt returner, punter), during his eleven-year career with the Eskimos. Miles is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and the Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour. In November, 2006, Miles was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#48) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.

Ted Tully

Ted Tully (August 8, 1930 – January 24, 2003) was a linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos and the BC Lions from 1950 to 1962 of the Canadian Football League. He was a West Division All-Star in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958, and was part of three Grey Cup championships with the Eskimos. He married a nurse named Elaine Virginia Foss, and had 4 children; one son and three daughters.


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