Tommy Burns (Canadian football)

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Tommy Burns
Born:July 9, 1910
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died:April 4, 1942
Liverpool, Nova Scotia
Career information
Position(s) Flying Wing, Tackle
Weight204 lb (93 kg)
College none - Montreal C.N.R. Juniors
Career history
As player
1931–32 Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers
1932–35 Toronto Argonauts
1936–37 Montreal Indians
1938 Montreal Nationals
1939 Montreal Westmounts
1940–41 Montreal Bulldogs
Career highlights and awards
CFL East All-Star1934, 37, 38, 39
Honours Grey Cup Champion - 1931 & 1933

Tommy Burns was a Canadian football player. He was an all-star and Grey Cup champion in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union and the Ontario Rugby Football Union, playing from 1931 to 1941. [1]

A hometown boy, coming from the Montreal C.N.R. Juniors, Burns won a Grey Cup with the Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers in 1931, his rookie season. He left home for a four-year stay with the Toronto Argonauts, where he won another Cup in 1933 and was selected an all-star in 1934. He then returned to Montreal and played with nearly every team the city had to offer. In the 1936 and 1937 seasons, he played for the Montreal Indians, but in 1938 he left the IRFU for the ORFU and the Montreal Nationals and, in 1939, the Montreal Westmounts. He finished with two seasons playing for the Montreal Bulldogs. He was an all-star in 1937, 1938 and 1939.

Burns suffered a fatal accident on April 4, 1942. Working for J.P.Porter & Sons, of Montreal, in Nova Scotia at the time, the brake drum of a dredge he was working upon came apart, instantly killing him. [2] [3]

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  1. CFLAPEDIA - Tommy Burns
  2. Tommy Burns, Football Star, Loses Life in Accident at Liverpool N.S. Ottawa Citizen - April 6, 1942
  3. Mishap Kills Tommy Burns Calgary Herald - April 6, 1942