George Fraser (Canadian football)

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George Fraser
Date of birth 1911
Place of birth Perthshire, Scotland
Date of death December 9, 1992 (aged 80–81)
Career information
Position(s) G/K
College none
Career history
As coach
1942 Ottawa Rough Riders
1946 Ottawa Rough Riders
As player
19321942 Ottawa Rough Riders
1943 Ottawa Combines
1944 Ottawa Trojans
1945 Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941
Awards 1945 Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy
Honors Grey Cup champion - 1940

Gerorge Fraser (1911 – December 9, 1992) was an award winning, all-star and Grey Cup champion Canadian football player, playing from 1932 to 1945.[1]

Born in Perthshire, Scotland and coming to Canada in 1921,[2] Fraser played all of his career with Ottawa based teams. Starting with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1932, he played guard and became a league leading kicker,[3] was named an all-Canadian all-star in 1938, 1939 and 1940, and won the Grey Cup in 1940. He also played in the Grey Cup games of 1936,1939 and 1941. In 1941 he scored 11 of Ottawa's 16 points. In 1942 he was playing coach with the Riders. During the war years he played in the Ontario Rugby Football Union, with the Ottawa Combines in 1943 and the Ottawa Trojans in 1944. He finished his player career on a high note in 1945 with the Rough Riders, winning the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy as the best player in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union.[4]

Fraser also coached the Riders in 1942 and 1946, compiling an 8 win, 5 loss and 2 tie record, and losing the only playoff game he coached. He was assistant coach in 1947.[5] From 1957 through 1962 he was an on field official in the CFL, the only person ever to have played, coached and officiated in the league.


  1. ^ Ottawa Rough Rider Player Database Archived March 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ George Fraser named Rough Rider Captain Montreal Gazette, October 7, 1938
  3. ^ George Fraser Scoring Champ of Eastern Football Union Ottawa Citizen, November 1, 1941
  4. ^ George Fraser of Riders Wins Jeff Russel Trophy Ottawa Citizen, November 2, 1945
  5. ^ /index.php?pr=Rider_Coaching_History Ottawa Rough Rider Coaching History