Hal Ledyard

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Hal Ledyard
Date of birth: (1931-07-07)July 7, 1931
Place of birth: Montgomery, Alabama
Date of death: April 21, 1973(1973-04-21) (aged 41)
Place of death: Big Sur, California
Career information
CFL status: International
Position(s): QB
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
College: Chattanooga
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 9 / Pick: 104
Organizations
As player:
1953
1956–1958
1961–1965
San Francisco 49ers
Ottawa Rough Riders
Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Harold "Hal" Ledyard (Born July 7, 1931, in Montgomery, Alabama, died April 21, 1973, in Big Sur, California) was a professional gridiron football player in the National Football League and Canadian Football League.

After backing up future Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle in 1953, Ledyard joined the United States Army, where he played quarterback for the Fort Jackson base football team in 1955.[1] Ledyard joined the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1956 and spent three seasons as the team's starting quarterback before being replaced by Frank Tripucka before the 1959 season. Ledyard signed with the Toronto Argonauts in 1959, but was waived before the season began.[2]

After not being signed during the 1960 football season, Ledyard returned to the CFL in 1961 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, splitting playing time with Dick Thornton and future Canadian Football Hall of Famer Ken Ploen. During his time in Winnipeg, Ledyard was known as "The best relief pitcher in football"[3][4] due to his success relieving Ploen. He was a part of the Blue Bomber teams that won the 49th and 50th Grey Cups.

Hal Ledyard is the father of retired professional hockey player Grant Ledyard.

Ledyard died April 21, 1973 in a drowning accident at Big Sur.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Newspaper Archive". Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Newspaper Archive". Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Newspaper Archive". Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  4. ^ "Newspaper Archive". Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 2012-10-17.