|Born:||August 22, 1918|
Grafton, North Dakota
|Died:||January 5, 1979 60) (aged|
Los Angeles, California
|1948–1950||Calgary Stampeders (HC)|
|1938–1943||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|Career highlights and awards|
CFL All-Star - 1941, 1943
|Occupation||Trainer and owner|
|Major racing wins|
|Major U.S. wins:|
Suwannee River Stakes
Saratoga Special Stakes
Laurel Futurity Stakes (1964)
Garden State Stakes (1964)
Sorority Stakes (1965)
Kentucky Oaks (1966)
He grew up in Manitoba, Canada, where he played guard at the University of Manitoba. Lear started his professional football career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and helped the team to two Grey Cup victories. In 1944, he signed with the Cleveland Rams of the NFL becoming the first Canadian-trained player to play in the NFL. He would play a total of 4 seasons in the NFL. After his stint in the NFL, Lear returned to Canada where he coached the Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders to an undefeated season in 1948- the only CFL team to go undefeated in a season.
CFL coaching record
|CGY||1948||12||0||0||1.000||1st in Western Interprovincial Football Union||3||0||Won Grey Cup|
|CGY||1949||13||1||0||.929||1st in Western Interprovincial Football Union||2||1||Lost in Grey Cup|
|CGY||1950||4||10||0||.286||4th in Western Interprovincial Football Union|
|Total||29||11||0||.725||5||1||1 Grey Cup|
Later life and death
Lear was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1974. He died of kidney failure on January 5, 1979.
- "The Montreal Gazette - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
- "Les Lear". Associated Press. January 6, 1979. Retrieved 15 August 2011.