John Ferraro (Canadian football)

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Johnny Ferraro
Date of birth 1910
Place of birth Buffalo, New York
Career information
Position(s) Halfback/Kicker
College Cornell University
Career history
As player
1934–35 Hamilton Tigers
1936–37 Montreal Indians
1938 Montreal Nationals
1939 Montreal Westmounts
1940 Montreal Bulldogs
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1935, 1937 1938, 1939
Awards 1938 - Imperial Oil Trophy
Career stats

John James Ferraro was an all-star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union and the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1966[1] and the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.[2]

A graduate of Cornell University in 1934 with a degree in Hotel Administration, he captained both the football and basketball teams and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He came to Canada in 1934 and played two seasons with the Hamilton Tigers of the IRFU and played in the Grey Cup. Ferraro then moved to Montreal where he played for 4 different teams. Starting in 1936, he suited up for the Montreal Indians, Montreal Nationals, Montreal Westmounts and Montreal Bulldogs. He was also playing coach of the Tigers and Indians.[3]

Ferraro won the Imperial Oil Trophy in 1938 as MVP in the ORFU. He donated the trophy to the widow of Ormond Beach, a previous MVP who lost his life in an accident. The donors of the award sent a new trophy to Ferraro.[4]

Ferraro was married to Edna Letts, from Scotia, New York.[5]


  1. ^ Canadian Football Hall of Fame profile
  2. ^ Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame - John J. Ferraro
  3. ^ CFLAPEDIA entry: John Ferraro
  4. ^ Generous Gesture Made by Ferraro, Ottawa Citizen February 20, 1939
  5. ^ "Junior Makes His Initial Bow to University", Cornell Daily Sun, Volume 55, Issue 40, 8 November 1934, Page 3