Edmonton Eskimos

Facts and information about the Edmonton Eskimos

  • In 1993, the Edmonton Eskimos and the Toronto Argonauts were involved in a huge 16 player trade.
  • The Edmonton Eskimos CFL team was founded in 1949; however other teams existed with this name in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
  • The Eskimos won three consecutive Grey Cup championships from 1954 to 1956; they topped this when they won five consecutive championships from 1978 to 1982.
  • The Edmonton Eskimos qualified for the playoffs in every year from 1972 to 2005, an amazing 34 consecutive seasons.
  • At the time Edmonton had won their five consecutive Grey Cups in the late 1970s and early 1980s, no other team had even won three consecutive championships during the modern era of the Canadian Football League (1952-present).
  • The Eskimos green and gold colors come from being lent the use of the University of Alberta Golden Bears uniforms for their inaugural season in 1949.
  • The first player to have his jersey number hung on the Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour was Tom Wilkinson in 1982.
  • Former Eskimo Quarterback Warren Moon is one of only two people to belong to both the CFL and NFL Hall-of-Fame; the other is former Winnipeg Head Coach Bud Grant.
  • Former Eskimo Fullback Normie Kwong was the first China born player to play professional football of any kind. In 1969 he became the first Asian born player to be inducted into any professional football Hall-of-Fame (CFL Hall-of-Fame class of 1969).
  • Normie Kwong, former Eskimo fullback and member of the CFL Hall-of-Fame, went on to a life in public service after his football days were over. He has held many positions including Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.
  • Over Hall-of-Fame Fullback Normie Kwong’s entire career he averaged over 5 yards a carry.
  • Former player Normie Kwong is one of the few people to have his name on both the Grey Cup and the Stanley Cup. He was part of the ownership group that brought the Atlanta Flames to Calgary.

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