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Frank Landy was born in Fort William in 1950, and it was there that he became involved in many facets of sports while growing up. Frank excelled in hockey, baseball, wrestling, basketball and was exceptional in football as well.

Frank decided to pursue his athletic career in football, having been a standout defensive lineman with the intermediate Fort William Ukes and Port Arthur Mustangs. In 1969 Frank was invited by Saskatchewan Roughriders coach, 'Eagle' Keyes to attend a three-day training camp for high school players. That same year, Frank received a football scholarship from the University of North Dakota.

While at North Dakota from 1970-74, his accomplishments included playing All-Conference for three years. He also became the only Canadian in the history of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux to be named Most Valuable Player and to serve as captain of the squad, a position he held for three years.

Although offered contracts by the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, Frank chose to sign a pro contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1972. In 1976, Saskatchewan won the Western Conference title and competed in the Grey Cup against Ottawa, losing a close 23-20 game.

In 1977, Frank was traded to the B.C. Lions and went on to become a Western Conference all-star. He remained with the Lions until 1980 and was then traded to the Toronto Argonauts, where he retired from the professional ranks in 1981.

Following his retirement, Frank went on to work in the 'Sky Box' at B.C. Place Stadium, where he hosted B.C. Lions home games during the early 1980s.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 27, 1986

Frank Landy

Fort William
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