Tony Proudfoot was co-captain of the Red Bombers in their AIAA championship years of 1969 & 1970 and was an all-Canadian in 1970 along with his co-captain and teammate Dick Flynn. Tony enjoyed a long and successful career in the CFL playing 9 seasons with the Montreal Allouettes, and 3 seasons with the BC Lions. Tony played on 5 Grey Cup championship teams, winning the Grey Cup in 1974 & 1977.
Beyond his career as a professional football player, Tony spent 30 years teaching physical education at Dawson College in his hometown of Montreal. He also lectured at Concordia and McGill.
During the tragic Dawson College shootings in September 2006, Tony rushed to offer first aid to one of the shooting victims during the rampage. Tony’s disregard for his own safety helped save the young man’s life.
The UNB Red Bombers were honoured that Tony made the trip back to his university roots here at UNB in September 2009, to witness the rebirth of the UNB Red Bombers football team in the inaugural game of the Atlantic Football League .
Sadly, we lost Tony the next year to A-L-S. Tony’s Red Bombers number 24 was retired from UNB football by the UNB Red Bombers at the Homecoming Game in 2011. The annual UNB Homecoming Game is named the Tony Proudfoot Memorial Game.
Each year at this game we celebrate Tony’s life, and present the Tony Proudfoot scholarship created by the Proudfoot family. The scholarship is presented each year to a Red Bomber who is a full time student in the Faculty of Kinesiology at UNB.