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Paul McLean

Paul McLean nicknamed Mac, was a great friend to the Canadian Football League (CFL) and anyone who was lucky enough to cross paths with him, in the workplace or while socializing. McLean was great at both. At TSN, McLean was a visionary, a mentor and a leader who earned five Gemini nominations and was responsible for the creation of Friday Night Football.

McLean spent 18 years at TSN, beginning his career as an editorial assistant on Sports Desk before working his way up the ranks as a story editor to associate producer to producer to executive producer. His innovative TV mind and uncompromising work ethic laid the cornerstone that helped build TSN.

As a tribute to the man who helped make football, curling and junior hockey into must-see events on TSN, the network dedicated its 2006 CFL season -- the 10th anniversary of Friday Night Football -- to his memory. Friends and co-workers across the country wore pins to commemorate McLean, who died of cancer December 14, 2005.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame-Media Wing in 2009

Class of 2009

AG AnselmoAlondra JohnsonJim MillsRudolph PhillipsGlen Weir

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Paul McLean

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