Canadian Football Legends
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Tony Gabriel bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Tony Gabriel

Playing Career

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1971 - 1974

Ottawa Rough Riders
1975 - 1981

Awards and Honours

All-Eastern Tight End
1972 - 1981 (10)

All-Canadian Tight End
1972, 1974 - 1980 (8)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Canadian
1974, 1976 - 1978 (4)

Lew Hayman trophy
1976 - 1978, 1981 (4)

Jeff Russell Memorial trophy
1978 (1)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Player
1978 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1972, 1976, 1981 (3)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1972, 1976 (2)

Career Highlights

  • Played 168 games over his 11-year career.

  • 5th on the All-Time Canadian Football League (CFL) Most Consectutive games with a reception with 137 (as of 2014). This streak started in 1973 and ended in 1981.

Tony Gabriel played with the Burlington Braves of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) before going to America to play with the University of Syracuse, where he broke most of the school's pass receiving records.

Gabriel was the leading receiver in the eastern conference of the CFL five times, and had more than 1,000 yards in receptions from 1975 until 1978 and 1981.

His three last-minute catches helped the Hamilton Tiger-Cats win the 1972 Grey Cup and he caught the game winning touchdown in the 1976 Grey Cup for the Ottawa Rough Riders. During that Grey Cup game in 1976, Gabriel was named the Canadian Player of the game.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1985 as a player.

Class of 1985

Tony GabrielFrank RigneyFrank TindallWilliam Zock

Football Reporters of Canada

Eddie MacCabeWes McKnightBob MoirPierre Proulx

Gabriel, Tony
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