Below just in direct from Al's media. Many CFL fans know of Tony's great contributions to the Montreal Alouettes and the CFL.
There have been some excellent CDN Sports TV stories done recently about this remarkable man.
The Alouettes mourn the loss of Tony Proudfoot
Montreal, Dec. 31, 2010 - The Alouettes are very saddened by the death of Tony Proudfoot, former player, analyst and guest coach of the team.
Proudfoot, who played for the Alouettes from 1971 to1979, lost his three-year battle to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease on Dec. 30, 2010 at the Montreal Neurological Institute. He was 61. Proudfoot is survived by his wife Vicki as well as his three children, Michael, Lindsay and Lauren.
"The Alouettes have suffered a great loss," declared Alouettes owner Robert Wetenhall. "Like a true Alouette, Tony fought hard til the end. He unfortunately lost his tough battle, but even during these tough times, he has stuck by the team, inspiring them to push themselves harder. It was a true honour to have Tony around the team these past years. He has helped raise awareness of ALS and I truly hope that his foundation will live on and eventually help find a cure for this vicious disease. I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to his wife Vicky as well as the rest of his family."
As a player, Proudfoot won two Grey Cups with Montreal in 1977 and 1979. He was the colour commentator for CJAD when the team returned to the CFL in 1996.
Following his retirement as colour commentator, Proudfoot has been a guest coach during training camp as well as special consultant to Marc Trestman upon his arrival in 2008.
"It's sad day even though we knew this day would come. Tony is a big part of the family and this news will sadden the New Year. Tony was a great teammate and he fought hard through this tough disease,"said Peter Dalla Riva, Proudfoot's former teammate with the Als.
"Tony was obviously a very smart man who loved the Alouettes and most definitely the CFL. Over our three years together, I can honestly say we became better coaches, players, and a team, because of him. Through Tony, we were able to grow as people and better prioritize what is truly important in life like family and friends," stated head coach Marc Trestman.
Details about the funeral will be sent in the next few days.