Pete Thodos

Athlete

Vancouver-born Pete Thodos played amateur football for Kitsilano High School, the Vancouver Meralomas and the CYO Red Raiders before turning pro and playing nine seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders, Montreal Alouettes, BC Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

He is best known, however, for being part of the Stampeders’ first-ever Grey Cup winning team in 1948 where he scored the winning touchdown in a 12-7 triumph over the Ottawa Rough Riders.

While he would not win another Grey Cup, he did have a stellar career playing mostly with the Stampeders. In 1953, he was Calgary’s leader with 10 touchdowns, 54 points, 58 receptions and 795 points. Although listed as a halfback, he also excelled as a receiver, kick returner and even filled in on defence and as a punter and place kicker at times.

Prior to joining the CFL, Pete played junior football with the Vancouver Meralomas.

Pete passed away on December 25, 2011 at the age of 84. At the time, he was one of the last living members of the Stampeders’ 1948 Grey Cup team.