Earl MacKenzie Award
Bob Hurlock was one of the finest tackles to ever
graduate from Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical
High School. For his size Bob could play both
offensive and defensive tackle.
He was selected to All-Star team in the London and
District High School Conference in both 1953 and 1954.
Bob was the recipient of the Orm Beach Trophy as
S.C.I.T.S. Most Valuable Player in 1954.
Bob started his
Senior ORFU career with Sarnia Imperials as a starting
defensive tackle in 1955 and won the A.A. Fisher Award
as the Most Valuable Rookie. In 1956 Bob played
with the Big Four Montreal Alouettes and then the Sarnia
Imperials. He was offered a contract with the
Calgary Stampeders in 1957, however, he chose to stay in
Sarnia and play with the Sarnia Golden Bears. In
1958 Bob missed the entire season due to illness but
returned in 1959 to be a key performer in the Sarnia
Golden Bears team that won back to back Ontario Rugby
Football Union titles in 1959 and 1960.
The year 1961 saw the Sarnia Golden Bears become members
of the American Football Conference where he won the
Most Valuable Player award for a Canadian Born Player.
The Sarnia Golden Bears won the American Football
Conference League Championship and Bob was selected to
the first All-Star Team.
In 1964 Bob and Tom Dwinell coached the Sarnia Imperials
team and Bob gives much credit to his high school coach
Bill Danylchuk for the promotion of football in Sarnia.
Two of his most respected coaches were Red Douglas and
Wally Fromhart and he considers Bruce Mattingly and Gino
Cappelletti most talented teammates and Cookie Gilchrist
and Bob Celeri as finest opponents.
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