This week on the PRO-File Podcast I welcome CFL Alumni Association Founder and Executive Director Leo Ezerins. We caught up with each other in a Winnipeg restaurant so I apologize in advance for all the background noise…sometimes you just have to interview when you have the chance!
Leo Ezerins was born and raised in the West End of Winnipeg and was a good athlete from an early age. One year while he was playing community club hockey for Isaac Brock Community Centre, a friend had just returned from a speed skating match in Minneapolis. When Leo found out that you got to travel with speed skating, he quickly traded his hockey skates for pair of speed skates and that season he earned the first of 3 Canadian Championships as a speed skater.
Leo was a natural athlete and was successful in basketball, baseball and his passion of football that would earn him a scholarship to Whitworth College in Spokane Washington where his coach was the future legendary Edmonton Eskimo Head Coach, Hugh Campbell. Leo would also graduate with a BA in Economics and Business.
Leo had his shot in the NFL but would end up signing for his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The natural athlete entered the league as a tight end but the position was on the way out of most CFL offences and he made the transition to linebacker. Leo Ezerins was a standout for 5 seasons with the Bombers and was traded to the Hamilton where he would play another 5 seasons . Leo would become a Grey Cup Champion in 1986 with the Tiger Cats and would retire with CFL record holder for interceptions by a Canadian Linebacker with 25, a that he still holds to this day.
Leo Ezerins spends his time as the Executive Director of the Canadian Football League Alumni Association (CFLAA) and is one of the founders of the Association. He works tirelessly to promote the alumni associations and to promote the CFL in everything that he does.