Bernie Faloney was a native of Carnegie, Pennsylvania. He was such an outstanding quarterback at the University of Maryland, that the San Francisco 49ers drafted him in the first round, 11th overall, in 1954.
But Faloney found out he could get more money north of the border and signed on with the Edmonton Eskimos.
After serving two years in the U.S. Air Force, Faloney took his football talents to the east and hooked up with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1957-64. He also called signals in Montreal in 1965-66 and in BC in 1967.
Faloney was a three time Grey Cup champion, first with Edmonton in 1954 and with Hamilton in 1957 and 1963. He was the first man to quarterback both East and West teams to CFL championships.
He had 2,876 pass attempts, with 1,493 completions for 24,264 yards and 153 touchdowns in his CFL career.
He was a CFL East All-Star five times, the 1961 Most Outstanding Player award and in 1965 he won the Jeff Russel Trophy as the top player in the Eastern Conference.
Faloney was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. He was also enshrined in the Pennsylvania, the West Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland Halls of Fame.
The Tiger-Cats retired Faloney’s number 10 in 1999.
A portion of Cannon Street in Hamilton near Ivor Wynne stadium and its replacement, Tim Hortons Field, bears his name.