Alexander Smirle Lawson

Class of 1963

Dr. Alexander Smirle Lawson was rated one of the hardest-plunging Backfielders in Canadian football. He was called “Big Train” and his hard play was largely responsible for University of Toronto’s Grey Cup victory in 1909.

Lawson was the captain of the Toronto Argonauts during the pre-war years when the team was a major contender. The Argonauts played in the Grey Cup three of the four seasons that Lawson was with the club and were victorious in his last appearance.

Following his career, Lawson was acclaimed by the Ontario Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association as one of the country’s great athletes.

Dr. Alexander Smirle Lawson is a member of the Greater Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Playing Career

Toronto Argonauts
1911 - 1914


  • Grey Cup Participation
    1909, 1911, 1912, 1914
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams
    1909, 1914