Buono, Wally

Card: All World 1991
Acquired: TTM 1992, CFL Blitz

Wally Buono, is a major force and offensive mastermind in CFL history lore. After playing ball at Idaho State and not being drafted Buono would head back to Canada to play for the Montreal Alouettes from 1973-1981 at linebacker and pulled in some spot duty at punter. He’d play with them his whole career and earn two Grey Cups in 1974 and 1977.  He’d retire but be retained by the Montreal Concordes as an assistant coach in 1983. By 1987 Wally would be working for the Stampeders- the team he’s most notably remembered for.  Buono would assume head coaching duties in 1989 and guide the team to three Grey Cup Championship victories  (in 1992, 1998, and 2001) and three losses ( in 1991, 1995,  and 1999). In 2003, Wally would move to British Columbia where he turned the fortunes of the Lions around helping the team win 2 CFL championships where he has remained through the 2011 season.  Buono is the all time leader in CFL history in wins and has been named coach of the year 3 times over his career.

W 243     L 132      T  3     Pct .646