Vince Mazza

Vince Mazza played five seasons for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1950 to 1954 and won six East All-stars. That is a feat that modern players are unlikely to equal as Mazza played both ways and in 1953 won All-Star selections at both offensive and defensive tackle. Mazza amight in fact have gotten more All-Star selections as 1952 was the first year in which separate offensive and defensive teamsewre named.

Mazza played mainly tackle on both offence and defence, but he also saw time at end and guard on both sides of the line. With very few individual stats kept from the years in which Mazza played other than scoring, you have to look at Mazza's awards to measure how good he was.

  • In 1950, Mazza was named to the Big Four / IRFU* All-Star team, the All-East team (composed of IRFU, ORFU and college players) and the Ted Reeves All-Star team. at End.
  • In 1951, Mazza was again named to the IRFU All-Star team at End and interestingly enough as a tackle on the Reeves team.
  • In 1952, Mazza was selected as an offensive tackle on the IRFU team and a tackle on the Reeves' team.
  • In 1953, Mazza was named to the IRFU team at both offensive and defensive tackle and as a tackle on the Reeves team.
  • In 1954, Mazza was an IRFU All-Star at offensive tackle and as a tackle again on the Reeve's team.

Mazza did not attend university and went directly from Trott Vocational High School to the NFL in 1946 with the Detroit Lions. After two seasons with the Lions (1946-47), and then moved to the Buffalo Bills of the All American Football Conference (AAFC) for three seasons (194749).

* The IRFU became the East division in the modern CFL and the IRFU All-Star are listed as "East" All-Stars by the CFL.

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Vince Mazza May Quit the Grid - November22, 1954

NFL / AAFC Stats for Vince Mazza


GP and Points
Year Team GP PTS
1950 HAM 12 5
1951 HAM 11 0
1952 OTT 4 5
1952 HAM 12 0
1953 HAM 14 0
1954 HAM 12 6



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