Joe Zelikovitz


Year Inducted: 2001
Date of Birth: January 1st 1900

Joe Zelikovitz (deceased) was popularly known as “Zeli” or “the Flying Hebrew,”. He was a force to be reckoned with in the 1930’s. According to most, the highlight of his Ottawa Rough Riders football (1933-1938 except for 1934) career came in the Big Four (I.F.U.) game in Hamilton on October 15, 1938 when he set the Big Four record with seven interceptions.

An outstanding athlete, he honed his athletic skills at Lisgar Collegiate not only on the gridiron but also on the track and basketball court. As a mark of respect for his athletic accomplishments, he was inducted into the Ottawa Jewish Hall of Fame in 1987.