CFL mourns the passing of former player, executive Ed Chalupka

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League is saddened to learn of the passing of former player and executive Ed Chalupka.

Chalupka played in seven CFL seasons, all with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, from 1970 to 1976.  He won a Grey Cup as part of the 1972 championship Tiger-Cats team.

“Saddened by the passing of former Tiger-Cat Ed Chalupka. A Grey Cup champ in 1972, he championed our players and our league long after his playing days were over. Thinking of his family and friends,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a tweet Tuesday.

The North Carolina grad served as president of the CFL Players Association (CFLPA) from 1981 to 1986.  Chalupka remained involved with the CFL for many years following his post with the CFLPA, acting as Managing Director of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame from 1987 to 1992 and then as the Vice President of Football Operations from 1992 to 2005 before retiring.