Jim Silye

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Jim Silye
Date of birth: (1946-04-28) April 28, 1946 (age 68)
Place of birth: Vöcklabruck, Austria
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): Defensive back
College: University of Ottawa
As player:
1969-75 Calgary Stampeders
Career highlights and awards
Records: CFL single-season record for punt returns in a season (123)

Jim Silye (born April 28, 1946) is a Canadian politician, businessman, and former professional football player for the Canadian Football League.

Born in Vöcklabruck, Austria, he emigrated to Arnprior, Ontario in 1951. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa in 1969. He played on the Calgary Stampeders from 1969 to 1975 wearing numbers 28 and 33. He holds the CFL record for most punt returns in a season with 123.[1] He was part of the 1971 Grey Cup winning team.

In the 1993 federal election, he was elected as the Reform Party candidate in the riding of Calgary Centre. He ran as a Progressive Conservative in the 2000 election in the riding of Calgary West and was defeated. In 2004, he ran in the Alberta Senate nominee election for a place in the Canadian Senate. He finished in fifth place, and was not put on the list of proposed Alberta senators.

He is the President and CEO of Eagle Rock Exploration Limited, an oil and gas exploration company based in Calgary, Alberta.


  1. ^ [1] CFL website: Records


"CALGARY STAMPEDERS BY THE NUMBERS". CALGARY STAMPEDER. Archived from the original on February 5, 2005. Retrieved February 16, 2005. 

Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Harvie Andre
Member of Parliament Calgary Centre
Succeeded by
Eric Lowther