BiographyAthlete : Football
Year Inducted: 1994
Date of Birth: April 21st, 1934
Born in: Belleville, Ontario
Gary Schreider (deceased) set a Canadian junior 60-yard dash record and was member on three Toronto HS Championship football teams. He He helped the Queen’s Golden Gaels win the 1955 Intercollegiate title before turning pro in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He attended Queen’s University before spent nine years in the CFL from 1956 to 1964. Eight of those years were with the the Ottawa Rough Riders, with only 1962 away from the Nation’s Capital which he split between BC and Hamilton.
Schreider was working towards a law degree at Osgoode Hall in Toronto while playing football. Schreider played 7 games for the Lions until school started and then returned East when the Lions swung a trade for him with Hamilton n exchange for Ron Howell.
He was a solid two way performer, playing running back on offense and linebacker on defense. Schreider won an East All-Star in 1960 as a linebacker. Schreider was also a talented place kicker and returned kickoffs and punts. In his second season in 1958, Schreider was second in the East in scoring with 68 points and he had a career high of 71 points in 1960. He played in one Grey Cup, a win by Ottawa over Edmonton 16-6 in 1960.
Schreider was the first president of the CFLPA (CFL Player’s Association) in 1965, which might have helped hasten his exit from the game. After football, Schreider continued to excel. Schreider was a lawyer who attained the Queen’s Counci designation. Besides the CFL, Schreider also had an impact on the National Hockey League where he served as an arbitrator for over ten years.
Schrieder accumulated a number of honours in his life including being a member of the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, the Queen’s University Sports Hall of Fame and the St. Michael’s College Wall of Fame.