Bernie
Custis

Professional Football Player/Coach

Bernie Custis joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1951 and became the first black quarterback in the history of the Canadian Football League. Custis played for the Ticats and the Ottawa Rough Riders and was an all-star quarterback in 1951 and all-star running back in 1954. He retired in 1959, Custis  coached for 31 years, with the Oakville Black Knights, the East York Argonauts, Burlington Braves, Sheridan College Bruins and McMaster University from 1981-1988. During his time with the Marauders, Custis was named OUAA Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1984 and CIAU Coach of the Year in 1982. Custis is a member of the McMaster Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1998,  the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.  Custic passed away in 2017.

Bernie Custis - 2013 Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame Inductee