Canadian Football Legends
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Victor Spencer bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Victor Spencer

Victor Spencer interest in football during his year began during his years at Toronto's Upper Canada College, where he captained the first team in 1942. After the war, Spencer played senior football in Merloma, BC and with the Hamilton Tigers of the Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU). On returning home to Vancouver in 1950, Spencer spearheaded a group that was seeking a BC franchise in the Western Interprovincial Football Union (WIFU).

Spencer attended WIFU meetings in 1951 and 1952 before approval was granted in 1953 for franchise beginning in 1954. Although he would play in the brand new Empire Stadium the new franchise was not given an initial draft. Spencer attracted local rugby players to join the BC Lions and tried unsuccessfully to establish an arrangement with the National Football League (NFL) Los Angeles Rams to use their cuts. The BC Lions then attracted players from the NFL and American universities. In a court battle, a Seattle judge's ruling allowed the BC Lions to sign players from the U.S., setting the precedent for U.S. players to play in Canada.

Spencer spent nine years on the Lions executive and helped Vancouver attract the 1955 Grey Cup. He was nominated as a life member of the team's board of governors.

The Victor V. Spencer athletic scholarship established in 1965 at Simon Fraser University, which offsets a football player's education costs.

Victor Spencer is also a member of the Lions Wall of Fame in 2002.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2006 as a builder.

Class of 2006

Matt DuniganBobby JurasinAllen PittsVictor SpencerHenry Williams

Football Reporters of Canada

Darrell DavisAl Maki

Spencer, Victor
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