George Brancato


Athlete : Football
Year Inducted: 2002
Date of Birth: May 27th, 1931
Born in: Brooklyn, New York

A graduate of Louisiana State University, he came to Ottawa in 1957 after stints with the Chicago Cardinals and Montreal Alouettes. He led the Eastern Football Conference in interceptions in 1957 and earned All-Star status in 1961. He retired after 1962 season and became an assistant coach with Jack Gotta after three years in the Continental League with the Montreal Rifles and Orange County Ramblers (California). He assisted Gotta for four years ending with a Grey Cup victory in 1973. During his tenure as a head coach from 1974 to 1984, he recruited two rookie quarterbacks in the same year who went on to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Tom Clements and Condredge Holloway. He finished his CFL career as an assistant with Saskatchewan and Shreveport and then nine years in the Arena Football League. He won CFL Coach of the Year and International Italian of the Year in 1976. He also participated in three Grey Cup wins as a player (1960), assistant coach (1973) and head coach (1976).