Tom Pullen

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Tom Pullen
Date of birth: 1945
Place of birth: Ottawa, Ontario
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): TE
College: University of Michigan
Organizations
As player:
1968–1969
1970-1971
1972–1974
1975
Ottawa Rough Riders
Montreal Alouettes
Ottawa Rough Riders
Toronto Argonauts

Tom Pullen (born c. 1945) is a retired Canadian Football League player.

Pullen was born in Ottawa, Canada in approximately 1945. He attended Glebe Collegiate Institute, a high school in Ottawa, where he played football, basketball and ran track and field. He was selected as Glebe's most outstanding football player in 1961, set records in the high jump, hurdles and sprints, and led the basketball team to the Ontario provincial finals. He also played goalie for the Ottawa Montagnards and was also one of the first players in Canadian Little League history to pitch a no-hit shut-out.[1][2]

Pullen attended the University of Michigan as the first Canadian to receive a full football scholarship from the school, and he became the first Canadian to letter with the Michigan Wolverines football team.[1] He played principally at the end position for the 1965 Michigan Wolverines football team.[3] Pullen graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in science and education.[1]

He later played seven seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Montreal Alouettes, and Toronto Argonauts. He had his best season in 1971 when he caught 34 passes for 487 yards as a member of the Alouettes.[4] He was a member of three consecutive Grey Cup championship teams. After retiring from football, Pullen became a teacher and basketball and track coach at Glebe Collegiate in Ottawa. He also held coaching positions with the Carleton Ravens (three years as receivers coach), Midget Nepean Rams (one year as assistant coach), and Ashbury (one season as the goalie coach). He later became a vice-president of business development for Innovative Financial Group Inc.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Earl McRae (December 4, 2009). "Tom Pullen is an easy choice for sports hall of fame". Ottawa Sun. 
  2. ^ "Tom Pullen Hurls Glebe to Victory In All-Star Game". Ottawa Citizen. July 25, 1957. 
  3. ^ "1965 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  4. ^ "Tom Pullen". cflapedia.com.