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Les Lear

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Education  University of Manitoba
Role  Football player

Name  Les Lear
1938-1943  Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Positions  Tackle
Les Lear 1965 Football Player Coach Horse Trainer Les Lear Race Horse Sadair

Date of birth  (1918-08-22)August 22, 1918
Date of death  January 5, 1979(1979-01-05) (aged 60)
Place of death  Los Angeles, California
1948-1950  Calgary Stampeders (HC)
Died  January 5, 1979, Los Angeles, California, United States

Place of birth  Grafton, North Dakota

Leslie Lear (August 22, 1918 – January 5, 1979) was a National Football League and Canadian Football League player and coach as well as an owner and trainer of Thoroughbred race horses.



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.

Horse racing

Following his retirement from football, Les Lear became involved in Thoroughbred horse racing both as a horse trainer and an owner.

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.


Les Lear Wikipedia