Canadian Football Legends
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Frank Clair bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Frank Clair

Head Coaching Career

Toronto Argonauts
1950 - 1954

Ottawa Rough Riders
1956 - 1969

Awards and Honours

Annis Stukus award
1966, 1969 (2)

Grey Cup Participation as a Head Coach
1950, 1952, 1960, 1966, 1968, 1969 (6)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as a Head Coach
1950, 1952, 1960, 1968, 1969 (5)

Career Highlights

  • 4th on the Canadian Football League (CFL) all-time Most Games Coached with 260 games.

  • 1st on the CFL all-time Most Playoffs games coached with 40.

Frank Clair's studious manner and football savvy earned him the nickname "The Professor". During Clair's lengthy coaching career with the Toronto Argonauts and the Ottawa Rough Riders, his teams had 147 wins, 106 losses and 7 ties and appeared in the Grey Cup 6 times and won the championship 5 times.

While Clair was the general manager in Ottawa from 1970 until 1978, the Rough Riders won the Grey Cup in 1973 and 1976.

On April 8, 1993 the former Lansdowne Park in Ottawa was renamed "Frank Clair Stadium".

Frank Clair is also a member of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1981 as a builder.

Class of 1981

Frank ClairEric DugganGerry JamesJohn O'Quinn

Football Reporters of Canada

Tony AllanDave DryburghVern DeGeerJack Wells

Clair, Frank
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