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Catalog Number 2013.55.109
Object Name Video
Title Tony Gabriel
Scope & Content Tony Gabriel:
1 of 2; 00:01Introduction to Hall
00:30Childhood: one of 12 children, kids on his block were 'adversarial' when playing sports, played lots of games together
02:48How were you cut from a football team: played midget football, tried to go out for the team in Grade 10, liked athletics, felt ready to go for the junior team, didn't make the first cut, felt shock and disappointment, did not let that stop him, played midget basketball, next year made the football team, team never won a game, a humble beginning, in Grade 13 wanted to try out for both the senior team and the town team the Burlington Bears, had to made a monumental decision and chose the town team, respected his coach, played tight end, 1966 was the start of his career
08:34on years at Syracuse College: had a scholarship, a 4-year grant in aid, needed a C+ average, went into chemical engineering, found himself reaching a little higher, respected his scholarship, had success in freshman year, played wide position, won trophy for top student athlete in junior year, in his senior year scored 4 touchdowns in his final game and was given the game ball, the New York Giants were interested in him and he almost signed with them, decided to come back to Canada and play for Hamilton
17:22On Hamilton: watched the Ti Cats as a kid and never dreamed he would ever play for them, wore #77, lucky number for him; talks about how he got #77 when he went to Ottawa
18:55On the position he played: played split end in Syracuse, when he came to Hamilton felt he would play tight end or slot back, didn't have the speed for wide receiver, feeling low on transition from college ball, learned from his mistakes, he was his own best critic, talks about cutting out his pads to make them lighter so psychologically felt faster, with the new coach in 1972 he learned new things, talks about the plays he learned; on winning the 1972 Grey Cup: talks about the eastern final and the powerful rally held for the team in Hamilton that really wound them up, they played the final in Hamilton, only used on the final drive and talks about the play and winning the game; "starting a pro career with a Grey Cup ring - that was fabulous"
29:21Talks about the years with Hamilton, being at the bottom of the standing in 1973, having new players in 1974 and working together as a team, great feeling of working with a quarterback when they had confidence in each other, talks about the number of games played going from 14 to 16, he was the test case, the players wanted pay for the 2 extra games, lost the judgement, asked to be traded and went to Ottawa, good for him as he could continue his day job and still play football; the team meant new coaching philosophy, new quarterback, move made his career jump
34:49Awards: "my success is through my quarterbacks", talks about winning the Schenley Awards, in 1978 was the top Canadian and Most Outstanding Player, very proud as a Canadian, a great moment
2 of 2; 00:28Disappointing in '78 to be in first place and not end up in the Grey Cup, next 2 years faltered and things didn't go well, 1981 contemplating new business career, difficult year, new quarterback, new coaching philosophies, injured and missed 2 games for the first time in his career, talks about the Eastern final, injured again, talks about the 1981 Grey Cup Game and being called on a double interference, last game of his career, disappointed but 2 of 3 wins the Grey Cup is "not bad"; thankful for the career he had and contributing to the teams he played for, talks about his inductions to the Football and Canada's SHOFs, lucky in his career in having great quarterbacks, "going from an ugly duckling to a swan situation I can say to a lot of youngsters out there never give up ... if you enjoy something go after it, work hard and a lot of good things can happen."

Year Range from 1971
Year Range to 1981
Subjects team player
hard work
work ethic
Search Terms football
Grey Cup
Hamilton Tiger Cats
Ottawa Rough Riders