CFL Pioneer Russell Rebholz Dies
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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Russell Rebholz, a former basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, has died at age 93.
Rebholz died of natural causes Thursday, said his son, Tom Rebholz.
Rebholz played halfback at the University of Wisconsin from 1929-32, earning a spot in the Big Ten East-West All-Star Game his senior year. He also was a guard on the school’s basketball team.
After graduating in 1933, Rebholz joined the rugby team in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the predecessor to Canadian football. He switched to football the next year, and as a player-coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, set a Canadian Football League record with a 68-yard touchdown pass.
Rebholz led the Bombers to the Western Conference Grey Cup in 1935, and was later inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame.
He was an assistant track and field coach at Wisconsin before becoming the basketball coach at UWM in 1952.
Rebholz led the Cardinals to the Wisconsin State College Conference championship in 1960 and was 123-105 in 11 seasons.
He is survived by three sons; Edward, 67; Tom, 62; and James, 57.