April 13, 1938|
June 26, 2014 (aged 76)|
White Rock, British Columbia
William B. Frank, Jr. (April 13, 1938 – June 26, 2014) was an American and Canadian football offensive tackle in the Canadian Football League and with the University of Colorado, who also briefly played in the National Football League. He is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Early years[edit | edit source]
Frank attended West High School before moving on to San Diego Junior College in 1959, where he was named to the junior college All-American team.
After his sophomore season he transferred to the University of Colorado, playing until he was declared ineligible when the school was placed on probation by the NCAA in 1962. He was named a member of Colorado's all-time all-star team. He was also a competitive college wrestler.
He spent four years in the Marines.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
BC Lions (CFL)[edit | edit source]
Dallas Cowboys[edit | edit source]
Frank was selected in the 18th round (244th overall) of the 1963 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Because he still was under contract in the Canadian Football League, the Cowboys had to additionally trade running back Amos Bullocks to the BC Lions in exchange for Frank's playing rights. To complicate matters further, he signed a contract with the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League, who selected him in the 24th round (186th overall) of the 1963 AFL Draft. The deal was eventually voided by commissioner Joe Foss. In 1964, he joined the Cowboys in the week of the ninth game and played in four contests as a backup. He was waived on September 7, 1965.
Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL)[edit | edit source]
In 1965, he was signed in middle of the season to play offensive tackle for the Toronto Argonauts. He played in his first game without any practice time and just hours after arriving from the airport.
In 1968, he held out during training camp and was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he played until 1976. He was an All-star seven times. Frank was named to the Argonauts' quarter-century team, the Blue Bombers' all-time dream team, and in November 2006 was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#49) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Awards and honors[edit | edit source]
- CFL All-Star team (offensive tackle) - 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
- Eastern All-Star (offensive tackle) - 1966, 1967, 1968
- Western All-Star (offensive tackle) - 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame - 1990
- Canadian Football Hall of Fame - 2001
References[edit | edit source]
- Associated Press (November 4, 1964). "Dallas Gets Tackle From Vancouver". Reading Eagle. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19641104&id=qllWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XkMNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5275,2655908. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- "Bill Frank". Canadian Football League. Archived from the original on 2012-09-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20120913044313/http://www.cfl.ca/page/hall-of-fame-bill-frank. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "Bill Frank". Canadian Football Hall of Fame. http://cfhof.ca/hof-player-details/?id=66. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- Bob Scott (Aug 6, 1966). "As Als' Fullback". The Montreal Gazette. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19660806&id=XsQtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=r58FAAAAIBAJ&pg=6826,1092026. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- The Canadian Press (Sep 9, 1965). "Ti-Cats' Hoerster Surprised After Trade To Saskatchewan". The Montreal Gazette. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19650909&id=Z6UtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=h58FAAAAIBAJ&pg=5716,1636709. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- "TSN Top 50 CFL Players". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. https://web.archive.org/web/20070929164528/http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/feature/?fid=10860. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- Zicarelli, Frank (2014-06-13). "Bill Frank, an unsung force for Argos, Bombers and Lions, dies at 76 | Argonauts". Torontosun.com. http://www.torontosun.com/2014/06/26/bill-frank-an-unsung-force-for-argos-bombers-lions. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
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- Bill Frank at Find a Grave
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