A legend lost, we will never forget Normie Kwong. An easy choice for #CFLBeauty of the week.
Truly a legend, the Canadian Football League is mourning the passing of Norman Kwong, who passed away Saturday at the age of 86.
One of the greatest running backs of all-time, Kwong rushed for over 9,000 yards and 83 touchdowns during an 11-year CFL career with the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders.
Kwong was a four-time Grey Cup Champion and was indicted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1969, the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in 1975, the Eskimos Wall of Honour in 1983 and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
After football, Kwong transitioned into politics. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1988 and served as the national chairman of the Canadian Consultative Council on Multiculturalism. He was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta on Jan. 20, 2005 and served out his term until May 11, 2010.
He was honoured by the Stamps at halftime of their game on #LDWeekend…
— Calgary Stampeders (@calstampeders) September 6, 2016
Tweets also poured in over the weekend from people across Canada…
— CFL on TSN (@CFLonTSN) September 5, 2016
Normie Kwong leaves an incredible legacy, his life truly exemplified the Canadian dream. My thoughts are with his loved ones.
— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) September 4, 2016
The Esks mourn the passing of Normie Kwong. Full story: https://t.co/i9PQ1j5tXG
— Edmonton Eskimos (@EdmontonEsks) September 4, 2016
Saddened to hear of the passing of Normie Kwong, a kind, gentle and extremely genuine human being.
— Paul Dunphy (@paul_dunphy) September 4, 2016
RIP Normie Kwong, had the pleasure of meeting him after the 2008 Grey Cup. Great man that helped pave the way not just on the field.
— Nik Lewis (@nikel18) September 4, 2016
— BC Lions (@BCLions) September 3, 2016
How many Canadians are able to earn a place in our record books, history books and in our hearts? The Honorable Normie Kwong did. #CFL
— Jeffrey Orridge (@Commish13) September 3, 2016
Remembering Normie Kwong – A great football player, an even better person https://t.co/VloSmCNuQI
— Jon Cornish (@jonnycornish) September 6, 2016
In a statement, Kwong’s family said, “Our father was a great man who accomplished so much in his lifetime. A genuine family man, he also had tremendous success as a professional athlete, team owner, business executive and government official.”