Canadian Football Legends
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Samuel Berger bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Samuel Berger

Executive Career

Director of the Ottawa Rough Riders
1930 - 1969

Owner and President of the Montreal Alouettes
1969 - 1981

President of the Canadian Football League (CFL)
1964, 1971

Awards and Honours

Grey Cup Participation as an Executive
1940, 1941, 1948, 1951, 1960, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977 - 1979 (13)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as an Executive
1940, 1951, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977 (7)

Samuel Berger was a fan of Ottawa football beginning in 1920, and went on to make a major contribution to the Rough Rider franchise. He was a director and club lawyer almost every year, and served three three-year terms as the president of the Rough Riders. Under Berger's guidance, the club went to the Grey Cup seven times, winning in 1951, 1960, 1968, and 1969.

Late in 1969, Berger sold his interest in the Ottawa club, donated the proceeds to charity, and became the owner/president of the Montreal Alouettes. He revitalized the struggling organization and the team appeared in the Grey Cup six times. The Alouettes won the Grey Cup in 1970, 1974, and 1977.

Samuel Berger was legal advisor to the Eastern Football Conference and was the president three times. He participated in the formulation of the CFL and Eastern Conference constitutions and was instrumental in the drafting of the first league TV contract.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1993 as a builder.

Class of 1993

Samuel BergerPeter Dalla RivaHerm HarrisonWhitman Tucker

Football Reporters of Canada

Jim KearneyAl McCann

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