Russ “Doss” Rebholz

Class of 1963

Russ Rebholz, the “Wisconsin Wraith”, was one of the first two imports to arrive in Canada from south of the border. He came to the St. John’s RugbyCclub as a player/coach, after having been an outstanding athlete at the University of Wisconsin.

“Doss” Rebholz was a versatile backfielder, known for his passing, running, blocking and kicking abilities. In a 1934 Exhibition Game he threw one of the longest passes ever, 68 yards in the air, to Lynn Patrick for a touchdown. In the 1935 Grey Cup game Rebholz threw two touchdown passes, and led his “Winnipegs” to a Dominion Championship over the favoured Eastern rivals, the Hamilton Tigers.

In 1984 Russ Rebholz was elected to the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame.

Playing Career

Winnipeg St. John's Rugby Club
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1933 - 1938


  • Grey Cup Participation
    1935, 1937, 1938
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams