Football legend Mel Wilson began his storied career in 1929 with St. John’s College and played two years (1932/33) of high school football at Kelvin. He went on to play with the Winnipegs (1934/35), then transferred to the St. John’s Roamers in 1936 and led them to a Western Junior Championship. Wilson joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1937 while he was still of junior age, and went on to enjoy the next ten years with the club. During that period, Wilson’s Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup in both 1939 and 1941. The football club was a perennial contender for the nation’s championship, losing in the Grey Cup final seven times during that decade (including Winnipeg RCAF in 1942 & ’43). Wilson played with the Montreal Alouettes in 1948 and then the Calgary Stampeders from 1949 to his retirement in 1951. He appeared in his ninth Grey Cup final in ’49 with the Stamps losing to the Als.
A ten-time All Star at the gruelling centre position during his remarkable career, Wilson was named All-Canadian in 1941, ’46 & ’47. He gave back to the game he loved as a referee of high school football for a decade and coach of St. John’s High for two years. Grey Cups cannot be won without the invaluable service of Canadian linemen battling in the trenches and Mel Wilson was undoubtedly one of the best of them.