UBC great Steele rushes into HOF

UBC great Steele rushes into HOF

Outstanding running back second T-Bird football player inducted

EDMONTON – Leading up to the 2017 Canada West football season, UBC counted down its all-time top 100 football players, ending with Glenn Steele at No. 1.

Now the former Thunderbird running back has taken his place in the Canada West Hall of Fame.

Steele, who dominated the Western Intercollegiate Football League (WIFL) between 1981 and 1984, is the second UBC football player to enter the HOF after Mark Norman's induction in August.

A four-time WIFL All-Star, Steele racked up an impressive resume at UBC. In 1981 he was named both WIFL's most outstanding player, along with CIAU Rookie of the Year.

His greatest team success came in 1982 when he led the T-Birds to Hardy and Vanier Cup titles.

As of 2019, Steele ranks as UBC football’s career leader for rushing yards (4,335) and touchdowns (36), and likewise holds the school’s single-season records for rushing yards (1,603) and touchdowns (16).

To read Steele's complete HOF biography, click here.


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. 

VISIT: CanadaWestHallofFame.org

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.

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