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Johnny Bright bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Johnny Bright

Playing Career

Calgary Stampeders
1952 - 1954

Edmonton Eskimos
1954 - 1964

Awards and Honours

All-Western Running Back
1952, 1957 - 1961 (6)

Eddie James Memorial trophy
1952, 1957 - 1959 (4)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Player
1959 (1)

Edmonton Athlete of the Year
1959 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1954 - 1956, 1960 (4)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1954 - 1956 (3)

Career Highlights

  • Played a total of 175 games.

  • 4th on the All-Time CFL rushing list with 10, 909 yards (as of 2014).

  • 36 100-yard rushing games with the Edmonton Eskimos.

While attending Drake University in Iowa, Johnny Bright set 20 records in Football, Track & Field, and Basketball. Bright was the first draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1951 of the National Football League (NFL).

During his Canadian professional career in the Canadian Football League (CFL), Bright carried the ball 1,969 times for 10,909 yards and 70 touchdowns. During his career, he was the league leading rusher from 1957 until 1959. In 1957 bright had nine 100-yard rushing games, eight of them consecutive.

Johnny Bright is also a member of the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame, and the Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1970 as a player.

Class of 1970

Johnny BrightKenneth G. MontgomeryGordon Perry
Bright, Johnny
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