Buffalo, New York
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||1935, 1937 1938, 1939|
|Awards||1938 - Imperial Oil Trophy|
John James Ferraro was an all-star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union and the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1966and the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.
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A graduate of Cornell University in 1934 with a degree in Hotel Administration, he captained both the football and basketball teams and was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. He came to Canada in 1934 and played two seasons with the Hamilton Tigers of the IRFU and played in the Grey Cup. Ferraro then moved to Montreal where he played for 4 different teams. Starting in 1936, he suited up for the Montreal Indians, Montreal Nationals, Montreal Westmounts and Montreal Bulldogs. He was also playing coach of the Tigers and Indians.
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Ferraro won the Imperial Oil Trophy in 1938 as MVP in the ORFU. He donated the trophy to the widow of Ormond Beach, a previous MVP who lost his life in an accident. The donors of the award sent a new trophy to Ferraro.
Ormond Beach was a star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union for four seasons for the Sarnia Imperials. Beach, who led the Imperials to Grey Cup victories in 1934 and 1936, died at the age of 27 in an industrial accident. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
Ferraro was married to Edna Letts, from Scotia, New York.
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