Grey Cup champion, Alberta great Fryer enters CW Hall of Fame

Grey Cup champion, Alberta great Fryer enters CW Hall of Fame

Standout receiver helped hometown Golden Bears, Eskimos to titles

EDMONTON - Bryan Fryer accomplished more in his football career than most could ever dream of.

The Edmonton, Alta. product was inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame on Thursday, as the conference acknowledged his outstanding university and professional career.

Fryer suited up for the Alberta Golden Bears between 1972 and 1975, winning the Vanier Cup in his rookie season and capping off his university career by claiming the Hec Crighton Trophy as the nation's top university football player.

In 1976, he became the first Canadian university-trained player selected in the NFL Draft when Washington took him the eighth round.

After two seasons in the NFL, Fryer joined his hometown Edmonton Eskimos. He would be part of Edmonton's run of CFL dominance, winning five consecutive Grey Cups with the Esks between 1978 and 1982.

To read more about Fryer's outstanding career, click here for his full Hall of Fame bio.


For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life. 

To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season. 


About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.