Marv Levy earns induction into CFL Hall of Fame

CFL: OCT 22 Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Montreal Alouettes
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Marv Levy already is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after an illustrious career as head coach of the Bills. On Friday night, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame will induct the former Montreal Alouettes coach in its Hall of Fame.

Bud Grant and Warren Moon are the only other people in the CFL Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Grant coached both the Vikings and Winnipeg. Moon played for the Oilers, Vikings, Seahawks and Chiefs after beginning his pro career with Edmonton.

It stunned me,” Levy told The Canadian Press. “It surprised me after all of these years. I know how few people there are in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

“I know Bud Grant was an opponent, but he was also a man I’ve always admired and like very much. And Warren Moon was such a terrific player, both in Canada and the NFL. It’s very, very heartwarming. I’m thrilled and a little bit amazed.”

Levy, 96, will not attend the induction ceremony in Hamilton, Ontario.

Levy left his job as a special teams coach with Washington following the team’s 14-7 Super Bowl loss to the unbeaten Dolphins in 1972 to become Montreal’s head coach. He spent five seasons coaching in the CFL, going 43-31-4 and winning two Grey Cup titles.

He returned to the NFL in 1978 as head coach of the Chiefs.

Levy earned enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001 after becoming the winningest coach in Bills’ team history over 12 seasons. He was G.M. of the Bills in 2006-07.

15 responses to “Marv Levy earns induction into CFL Hall of Fame

  1. Making it to the SB in 4 straight seasons is an amazing job. If only they had won 1 they would be known as the greatest team ever assembled.
    Good job coach!

  2. He didn’t win the big one but it was not for coaching his ass off trying.
    Great man and humanitarian.CONGRATS!

  3. If Scott Norwood kicks the ball 3 feet to his left, Levy would be in the HOF.

    A KICKER. I can still see Everson Walls jumping a split second before the miss.

    That team was like the Baltimore O’s of the late 60’s early 70’s or the Braves in the 90’s. Unreal teams that won it once when they had the talent for more. Mets and Pirates beat the O’s? That’s sort of like the 91 Giants beating the Bills and pick another year.

    I guess the Vikings could say the same thing.

    I’m a Giants’ fan and I didn’t think they had a chance. Andre Reed was beyond special. The game plan to take Reed out of the equation is well documented.

    Everyone knows the Giants said your only chance is to hand it off to Thurman Thomas and they STILL should have won.

    CONGRATS MR. LEVY, someday you’ll be in the lower 48’s HOF.

  4. He became an idol of mine when I was growing up in Montreal and he was coaching in the CFL. He put together some really good teams.
    It killed me when his Bills lost 4 SBs in a row. Brutal, just Brutal.
    Congratulations Mr. Levy!

  5. Whhaaa like 95% of the Canucks old enough to remember and watch Marv coaching in the CFL … we all thought that like he was already there like 30 years ago !! … :S

  6. Somewhat of a token CFL admission, especially after almost 45 years since he left the CFL, and only there for 4 but whatever.

    I guess Flutie would be the only other one that would be close, but he spent all his prime years in Canada. Him drop kicking the convert, the last guy to do it I believe (and with the rule change, that’s ever) with the Pats and making Belichek smile, should get him into the HOF.

  7. God bless you Marv! Knew he was getting on up there but didn’t think he was older than Bud.

  8. Deserving honor for Coach Levy.

    Too bad Doug Flutie wont be on the list for both league HOFs. Would be fun to see that.

  9. is here any pther NFL coach with a Master’s Degree from Harvard? He is a very bright man who has left a lot of admirers in his wake.

  10. Congrats to Marv, a great man and a St. Mel’s graduate (Chicago). What a great guy!

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