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Virgil Wagner bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Virgil Wagner

Playing Career

Montreal Alouettes
1946 - 1954

Awards and Honours

All-Eastern Running Back
1946 - 1949 (4)

Jeff Russell Memorial trophy
1947 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1949, 1954 (2)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1949 (1)

Career Highlights

  • Scored 12 points in the 1949 Grey Cup game.

  • Played in 110 games.

After starring in football, baseball, and basketball at Millikin University in Illinois, Virgil Wagner came to Canada and was an original member of the Montreal Alouettes in 1946.

Wagner, a superb halfback, made the all-star team right from his first year. Also during the 1946 season, Wagner tied Joe Krol for the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU) and the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IPRFU) scoring championships. Wagner was the scoring leader through 1947 - 1949. He is the only player to win both scoring titles four years in a row.

Coach Lew Hayman said of Virgil Wagner, "...he had real good speed, was a slashing kind of runner and he played both ways, was a good defensive back."

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1980 as a player.

Class of 1980

John P. MetrasRollie MilesVirgil WagnerHarvey Wylie

Football Reporters of Canada

Jim ColemanAndy O'BrienAnnis StukusHenry Viney

Wagner, Virgil
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