- Bernie Faloney
June 15, 1932
Carnegie, Pennsylvania, USA
DateOfDeath=death date and age|1999|6|14|1932|6|15
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
College=University of Maryland
DraftedRound=1 / Pick 11
San Francisco 49ers)
Awards=1961 CFL MOP 1965
Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy
years=1954 1957-1964 1965-1966 1967
Edmonton Eskimos Hamilton Tiger-Cats Montreal Alouettes British Columbia Lions
Bernie Faloney (
June 15, 1932– June 14, 1999) was a professional football player in the Canadian Football League(primarily with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats) and an outstanding American college football player at the University of Maryland, College Park. Born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, Faloney is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, and the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame. Faloney's jersey #10 was retired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1999.cite web | url = http://staging.cshof.mindblossom.net/accessible/SitePopUp.php?ty=nP&i=171 | accessdate = 2007-05-05 | author = Brunt, Stephen | title = A great athlete, a great citizen and a storied Tiger-Cat legend | publisher = Canada's Sports HOF (originally appeared in "The Globe and Mail") | date = 1999-06-15] In 2006, Faloney was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's Top 50 Players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.cite web | url = http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/feature/?fid=10855 | accessdate = 2007-05-05 | author = | title = TSN Top 50 Honour Roll | publisher = TSN.ca | date = 2006-11-28]
Early life & college career
B.J. "Bernie" Faloney was born in
Carnegie, Pennsylvania, where he played high school football before attending the University of Maryland, College Park. There, he played college footballas a quarterback, helping the Terrapins make it to the Sugar Bowlin 1952. In his senior season of 1953, Faloney quarterbacked Maryland to be NCAA Division I-A national football championsand into the 1954 Orange Bowl. At season's end, Faloney finished fourth in the balloting for the 1953 Heisman Trophy.
Professional football career
Faloney was drafted in the first round of the 1954
National Football Leaguedraft by the San Francisco 49ers.cite web | url = http://staging.cshof.mindblossom.net/accessible/SitePopUp.php?ty=nP&i=171 | accessdate = 2007-05-05 | author = Brunt, Stephen | title = A great athlete, a great citizen and a storied Tiger-Cat legend | publisher = Canada's Sports HOF (originally appeared in "The Globe and Mail") | date = 1999-06-15] San Francisco offered Faloney $9000 to play defensive backand back-up quarterback. However Pop Ivy, coach of the University of Maryland's Orange Bowl opponent, Oklahoma, was moving to the Edmonton Eskimosof the Canadian Football Leagueand offered Faloney a $12,500 contract to accompany him. At the time the Canadian dollar was worth 10 per cent more than its American counterpart so the choice to head north was easy, Faloney later recalled.
A scrambling quarterback, Faloney helped the Eskimos win the 1954 Grey Cup but then fulfilled his mandatory service in the
United States armed forces, serving with the U.S. Air Forcefrom 1955 to 1956. A free agent after his military service, Faloney signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Catsin 1957 and became one of the major stars of the Canadian Football League, winning four Grey Cup championships with the Ti-Cats. Traded from Hamilton in 1965, he played for the Montreal Alouettesand the British Columbia Lionsbefore retiring in 1967.
Faloney was the Eastern Conference's All-Star quarterback on five occasions, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964 and 1965. In 1961, he won the
CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award. His career CFL stats include 1,493 pass completions of 2,876 attempts for 153 touchdowns and 24,264 yards. He still holds the Grey Cup record for most passes completed, most yards thrown, and most touchdowns.Fact|date=May 2007 He is the first CFL quarterback to win a Grey Cup championship with both Eastern and Western Conference teams.cite web | url = http://staging.cshof.mindblossom.net/accessible/hm_profile.php?i=424 | accessdate = 2007-05-05 | author = | title = Honoured Members: Bernie Faloney | publisher = Canada's Sports HOF | date = 1999]
Bernie Faloney was inducted into the
Canadian Football Hall of Famein 1974, the Western Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1983, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988, and Canada's Sports Hall of Famein 1999. In November, 2006, Faloney was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.cite web | url = http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/feature/?fid=10855 | accessdate = 2007-05-05 | author = | title = TSN Top 50 Honour Roll | publisher = TSN.ca | date = 2006-11-28]
Later life and death
In retirement, Faloney made his home in Hamilton, Ontariocite web| title =Info Please: Bernie Faloney| url=http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0778464.html| accessdate = 2007-01-26] where he became a part owner of a construction company. An avid horseman, he remained active in community and business affairs until being stricken with
Faloney died on
June 14, 1999, in Hamilton, Ontario.
Cannon Street in Hamilton, Ontario by Brian Timmons Stadium/
Ivor Wynne Stadiumarea is also known as "Bernie Faloney Way."
* Graham Kelly, "The Grey Cup" (1999)
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