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Jeff Russel bust. A charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Jeffrey Russel
(Charter Member)

Playing Career

Royal Military College
1917 - 1920

McGill University
1920 - 1922

Montreal AAA Winged Whelers
1922 - 1925

Jeffrey Cameron Russel was a young sportsman who was greatly respected by all who knew him. Russel participated in athletics at Lower Canada College in Montreal, before becoming a star halfback at Royal Military College and McGill University.

Following university, he played for the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) Winged Wheelers in addition to working for the Montreal Light, Heat, and Power Company.

Russel was soon ranked as one of the best backfielders in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IPRFU) and had an unparalleled reputation as an all-around sportsman and gentleman.

On May 3, 1926 Russel was killed while repairing power lines in a storm and to honour his memory the "Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy" is annually presented to the eastern player possessing the highest qualities of courage fair play and sportsmanship. Since 1973, the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy has been awarded to the Most Outstanding Player in the Eastern division until the trophy's retirement in 1994 at the request of the Russel family.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1963 as a player.

Class of 1963

Harry BatstoneOrmand BeachJoseph BreenD. Wes BrownLionel ConacherErnest Cox

John DeGruchySeppi DuMoulinEddie EmersonWilliam C. FouldsHugh GallAlbert Henry George Grey

Harry Crawford GriffithFrank J. HannibalMelvin HansonJack JacobsEddie JamesJoe Krol

Alexander Smirle LawsonFrank LeadlayPercival MolsonNorman PerryRuss RebholzEdward Reeve

Alvin RitchieJeff RusselFrank ShaughnessyBen SimpsonDavid SpragueNeil Joseph Taylor

Brian Timmis

Russel, Jeff
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