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UNB alumnus honorary degree recipient and CFL all-star Tony Proudfoot loses battle with ALS

Author: Communications

Posted on Jan 4, 2011

Category: In the Media

MONTREAL - Tony Proudfoot, a former CFL all-star who once employed a staple gun to give his team an edge in the Grey Cup's storied "Ice Bowl," has died at the age of 61. The former defensive back died Thursday after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal, degenerative illness more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's diseaseOn the field, Proudfoot was an aggressive, yet cerebral, defender who refused to back down from a challenge — whether it was the slick, icy turf or a big-time collision. Away from the gridiron, the former defensive back proved to be even more courageous in the face of adversity.Proudfoot rushed to save a student's life amid a hail of bullets at Dawson College in September 2006 and then stared down a disease he knew would claim his own. Read the full story at the Winnipeg Free Press. Read a posthomous article by Proudfoot in the Montreal Gazette