Year Inducted: 1977
It is generally considered that had Earle Blackadder not chosen education and security over football, he would have stood an excellent chance to play in the Canadian Football League. Following an outstanding high school and college-playing career, he was drafted by Toronto Argonauts in 1960 but wisely chose a law career over football.
Big and rugged Earle was captain and fullback of the St. Lawrence High School team, which won the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Championship in 1955; the first of many St. Lawrence teams that dominated high school football for many years.
Upon graduation, he enrolled at McGill University and won Most Valuable Player award on their freshman team.
Earle moved up to the varsity team in 1956, and was starring as a linebacker, but an injury put him out of action for the remainder of the season.
He transferred to Ottawa University to pursue a law degree, and for the next three years starred as a running back and was one of their outstanding players who led Ottawa University in the Atlantic Bowl against St. Francis Xavier in 1959.
Earle was also an outstanding star on St. Lawrence’s Championship basketball teams.
In later years, he attained a Canadian ranking as a senior squash player.