Canadian Football Legends
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Les Lear bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Les Lear

Playing Career

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1938 - 1941

Winnipeg Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Bombers
1942, 1943

Awards and Honours

Lionel Conacher's All-Canadian Team
1939, 1941, 1942 (3)

Maclean's Magazine All-Canadian Team
1939 - 1942 (4)

Grey Cup Participation
1938, 1939, 1941 - 1943 (5)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1939, 1941 (2)

Career Highlights

  • Played 37 total with both Winnipeg teams.

Les Lear learned the game of football as a Winnipeg schoolboy, playing with the Deer Lodge Juniors, where he was recruited by legendary Blue Bombers head coach Reg Threlfall.

Lear was an all-star lineman several times and played in five Grey Cup games winning two. Following his service with the RCAF, Lear returned to the United States to play football in the National Football League (NFL). Lear was the first Canadian-developed player to go to the NFL.

At the completion of his playing career in 1947, Lear accepted a coaching position with the Calgary Stampeders, where the team went through the entire 1948 season without a loss, including their first Grey Cup victory.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1974 as a player.

Class of 1974

Andrew CurrieGeorge DixonBernie FaloneyWilfrid HughesLes LearMartin Ruby

Annis Stukus

Lear, Les
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