Canadian Football Legends
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Frank McGill bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Frank McGill

Playing Career

McGill University
Pre-World War I

Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers
Between 1910-1925

Frank McGill was an outstanding all-around athlete who was recognized for his prowess right from his high school days in Montreal. At McGill University, McGill participated in swimming and water polo, and was a star on the hockey and football squads.

Once his playing collegiate was finished, McGill was offered several contracts to play hockey in the National Hockey League, but instead enlisted in the armed forces with the outbreak of World War I. McGill served as one of the first Canadian pilots during World War I, and was decorated for his service in combat and as a test pilot.

McGill enlisted again during World War II and held the rank of Air Commodore. Among his accomplishments was establishing the Commonwealth Air Training program which produced thousands of vitally needed airmen during the war. McGill would continue in the RCAF, rising to the rank of Vice Air Marshal.

McGill was a member of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (AAA), and in 1913 he was awarded the Sir Vincent Meredith trophy as the best all-around athlete. McGill was the captain and quarterback of the football squad that won the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IPRFU) title in 1919. However, there was no grey cup championship game because of studies at McGill University, and AAA decision not to participate in the playoffs.

Frank McGill is also a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1965 as a player.

Class of 1965

R. Harold BaileyAlbert BoxDean GriffingRobert Isbister Sr.Frank McGillClair J. Warner

McGill, Frank
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