• Football
  • 1971
  • Athlete

Andrew "Andy" Tommy (D)

In 1933 he was described as "the newest and brightest star in the Canadian football firmament,” and in 1940 they called him "pound for pound the best piece of football stuff around." This Hartland native grew up in a milieu of English rugby, basketball, baseball and track in Woodstock - and excelled at all four sports. But he achieved his greatest glory in Canadian football with the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Toronto Argonauts - a glory that was highlighted by his All-Star selections in 1936 and 1940, and his acceptance of the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy for outstanding value combined with courage, sportsmanship and clean play. Canada honoured him with the Centennial Medal in 1967; New Brunswick does well to follow suit by bestowing its highest athletic honour on a truly exceptional native son.

Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, May 22 1971.

Quick Facts

  • Played in the Canadian Football League for the Ottawa Roughriders from 1933-41 and from 46-47; played for the Toronto Argonauts in ’45
  • Won two Grey Cups (1940 and 1945) in five appearances
  • Named to the CFL All-Star team in 1936 and 1940; league MVP in 1940
  • Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1989
  • Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1976
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