Hapes seen in an early college photograph
|Date of birth:||May 19, 1919|
|Place of birth:||Garden Grove, California|
|Date of death:||July 18, 1994(aged 75)|
|NFL Draft:||1942 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Grey Cup champion - 1953|
|Career NFL statistics|
Since the betting scandal meant he was indefinitely suspended from playing professional football in the United States, he went to Canada to play in the Canadian Football League. He played one season for the Hamilton Tigers in 1949. They became the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1950, but Hapes was injured for the entire season. For the next two seasons he was an assistant coach with the Tabbies, but returned to play as a back up for two final serasons, winning the Grey Cup with Hamilton in 1953.
Hapes returned to the States and worked in the Civil Service and the Department of Defence until 1982. In 1993 Hapes was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame of Mississippi.
Hapes died on July 18, 1994, survived by his wife, Evelyn Pevey Hapes, two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.
- CFLAPEDIA entey: Merle Hapes
- "Merle Hapes, 75, Ex-Giant Fullback". The New York Times. July 21, 1994. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
- Merle Hapes at Find a Grave
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