Class of 1974
Les Lear learned the game of football as a Winnipeg schoolboy, playing with the Deer Lodge juniors. He was recruited by legendary Blue Bombers coach Reg Threlfall.
Lear was an all-star lineman several times and played in five Grey Cup games. Following his service with the RCAF, he returned to the United States to play football in the National Football League. Lear was the first Canadian-developed player to go to the NFL.
At the completion of his playing career in 1947, Lear accepted a coaching position with the Calgary Stampeders. The Stampeders went through the entire 1948 season without a loss, including their first Grey Cup victory.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1938 - 1941
Winnipeg Royal Canadian Airforce Bombers
Maclean's Magazine All-Canadian Team
1939 - 1942
Lionel Conacher's All-Canadian Team
1939, 1941, 1942
Grey Cup Participation
1938, 1939, 1941 - 1943
Grey Cup Winning Teams