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Tom Hugo, #48


Tom Hugo played seven seasons for the Montreal Alouettes, yet earned 12 East Division All-Star selections in his career, before the CLF All-Star category was created in 1962. He excelled in each of the seven seasons he played in Montreal, from 1953 to 1959, being named an East Division All-Star at Centre in all seven seasons he played. Hugo played on both sides of the ball and also lined up regularly on defence, earning five straight East Division All-Star selections as a linebacker (1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, and 1958).

Hugo played 93 regular-season games, missing only three games in his career. He played 11 more playoff games, helping the Alouettes reach three straight Grey Cup Games (1954, 1955, and 1956). Hugo excelled all around as he was also used on special teams as a kickoff returner.

In 1958, Montreal fans voted Hugo the recipient of the Lord Calvert Trophy as the Alouettes‘ Player of Distinction. The Honolulu, HI native arrived in Montreal after starring at the University of Denver.

When his playing days were over, Hugo returned to Hawaii and coached high school and amateur Pop Warner football for many years. He was a charter member of the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 74.