Michael Soles

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Michael Soles
No. 32
Date of birth (1966-11-08) November 8, 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Pointe Claire, Quebec
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status National
Position(s) FB
College McGill
CFL draft 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Drafted by Edmonton Eskimos
Career history
As player
19891995 Edmonton Eskimos
19961999 Montreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1996
Awards 1996 - Lew Hayman Trophy

1993 - Grey Cup Champion

1987 - Vanier Cup : Ted Morris Memorial Trophy

Michael "Mike" Soles (born November 8, 1966) is a former all-star Canadian university and Canadian Football League fullback.

Early life[edit]

Soles played his high school football with the hometown St. Thomas High School[1] and played his university ball in Montreal with McGill University (1986–89). As a Redman he was a 3 time all-star and rushed for a then team record 2,231 yards in 20 regular season games.[2] His finest moment came in the 1987 Vanier Cup, when he led the underdog McGill team to an upset 47-11 victory over the heavily favoured University of British Columbia, rushing for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns. He won the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as the game MVP. He was elected to the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Professional career[edit]

Soles was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos and started a seven-year career with them in 1989. His best season was 1992, when he rushed for a career high 656 yards. He won the Grey Cup in 1993.

He finished his career in his hometown, playing 4 final seasons with the Montreal Alouettes. Paired with the all-time CFL rushing great Mike Pringle, Soles became a blocking back, leading the way for Pringle and catching many short yardage passes (for which he was an all-star in 1996.) He won the Lew Hayman Trophy in 1996 as best Canadian player in the East. When he retired, Pringle paid him a supreme compliment, saying he would have never gained the yards he did without Soles' blocking.

Soles finished his 11-year career with 3,007 rushing yards, 3,501 receiving yards (on 325 catches) and 45 touchdowns.

Personal life[edit]

Soles and his family still live in the West Island of Montreal, in Beaconsfield. He works in finance.[3]

In 2005, he was diagnosed as suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.[3]


  1. ^ The Montreal Gazette - Nov 14, 1983
  2. ^ McGill University Sports Hall of Fame: Michael Soles
  3. ^ a b Soles, Michael (2 February 2013). "Former Alouette Michael Soles "hopeful" in ALS battle". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 3 February 2013.