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Johnny Bright*

  • Categories: Athlete,  Football,  In Memory
  • City or Town: Edmonton
  • Year Inducted: 1980
  • Gender: Male
  • First name: Johnny
  • Last Name: Bright*
  • Death: December 14, 1983
  • In Memory Category: Athlete, Football

Biography

Johnny Bright, a powerful fullback, gained 10,909 yards in thirteen Canadian Football League seasons with Calgary and Edmonton.  He was top rusher in the West four times and a Western All-Star seven times.  He was an important part of Eskimo coach “Pop” Ivy’s new twin-fullback formation that allowed himself and Normie Kwong to be on the field at the same time.  They led the league in rushing yards for five seasons.  Johnny Bright contributed to three straight Edmonton Eskimo Grey Cup wins from 1954 to 1956.  He set a Grey Cup record in 1956 when he rushed for 169 yards.  He was inducted into the CFL Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

Since Induction:

Johnny Bright’s Grey Cup game rushing record of 169 yards stood for 57 years. It was finally broken during the 2013 Grey Cup Game, when Saskatchewan Roughrider Kory Sheets rushed for 197 yards. Inducted in 1970 to the CFL Football Hall of Fame and in 1972 to the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame