Canadian Football Legends
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Smirle Lawson bust. A charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Alexander Smirle Lawson
(Charter Member)

Playing Career

University of Toronto
1908 - 1910

Toronto Argonauts
1911 - 1914

Awards and Honours

Grey Cup Participation
1909, 1911, 1912, 1914 (4)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1909, 1910, 1914 (3)

Career Highlights

  • Scored 7 points in the 1909 Grey Cup.

Dr. Alexander Smirle Lawson was rated one of the hardest-plunging backfielders in Canadian football. Nicknamed the "Big Train", his hard play was largely responsible for the University of Toronto Grey Cup victory in 1909 against the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club. Lawson was the captain of the Toronto Argonauts during the pre-World War I years when they were a major contender. The Argonauts played in the Grey Cup three of the four seasons that Lawson was with the club and were victorious in their last appearance.

Following his playing career, Lawson was acclaimed by the Ontario Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association as one of Canada's great athletic sons.

Alexander Smirle Lawson is also a member of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame.

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

Lawson, Smirle
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