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Ernie Cox bust. A charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Ernest (Ernie) Cox
(Charter Member)

Playing Career
Hamilton Tigers Intermediates
1919, 1920

Hamilton Tigers Seniors
1921 - 1931

Awards and Honours

Jeff Russell Memorial Trophy
1928 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1927 - 1929 (3)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1928, 1929 (2)

Ernest (Ernie) Cox was rated as one of the greatest Snapbacks, or Centres, of all time. Under Head Coach Michael Rodden, Cox introduced the cross-field direct snap to the Halfback. This play directly led to touchdowns in two Grey Cup games.

Cox was also known for his defensive abilities and was a perennial all-star. In 1928, Cox became the first recipient of the Jeff Russel Memorial trophy, presented to the player who best exemplified skill, sportsmanship, and courage in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IPRFU).

Throughout his football career, Ernie Cox worked for the Hamilton Fire Department and on the football field was affectionately called the "Iron Fireman".

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

Cox, Ernie
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