Bernie Brennan
Date of birth: 1927
Place of birth: Kemptville, Ontario
Career information
Position(s): HB
College: St. Patrick’s High School (Ottawa)
Ontario Veterinarian College
 As player:
Ottawa Rough Riders
Ontario Veterinarian College
Ottawa Rough Riders
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1946 - Gruen Trophy
Honors: 1951 - Grey Cup Champion

Bernie Brennan is a former award winning and Grey Cup champion Canadian Football League player.

Coming straight out of St. Patrick’s High School and at the age of 19, Brennan joined the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1946 and won the very first Gruen Trophy for best rookie in the eastern Big Four. After one more season with the Riders he returned to school, studying veterinary medicine at Ontario Veterinarian College. He was a star with their football team, enshrined in the Guelph Gryphons Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.[1] He then returned to the Rough Riders in 1951, helping them win a Grey Cup championship.

Brennan was also a skilled hockey player, playing for the 1947-48 Kemptville Royals, a championship senior men's hockey team in the St. Lawrence League and the Ottawa District Hockey Association,[2] and the Brockville Magedomas in 1951.[3]

After his playing days he became director of Rideau Carleton Raceway, where he was appointed track veterinarian. Dr. Brennan is a member of the Ontario Racing Commission. He has been elected into the North Grenville Sports Hall of Fame.[4][5]


  1. [1] Guelph Gryphons Sports Hall of Fame: Bernie Brennan
  2. [2]A salute to sports greats by Ron Smith, The Recorder & Times, October 29, 2010
  3. [3] - Bernie Brennan
  4. [4]Inaugural North Grenville Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday by Dale Elliott, BNTV Brock News, 25 October 2010
  5. [5]North Grenville Sports Hall of Fame: Bernie Brennan
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