Title ||Ralph Scholz|
||Ralph Scholz was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1961 and moved to Niagara Falls in 1969. Ralph began his football career in 1973, in the inaugural season of the Niagara Falls YMCA Minor Football league. He continued to play for two more years before entering High School and becoming a member of the A.N. Myer Marauders Junior and Senior Football teams. In 1978 and 1979, Ralph led the Marauder teams to back to back S.O.S.S.A. Championships in football. He also won S.O.S.S.A. as a heavy weight wrestler in those same years. Ralph was a Myer Letterman, team MVP, Captain, City All-Star Selection and he was selected as the “Best Lineman” at the Hamilton Ti-Cats High School Football Camp. In 2008, Ralph was inducted into the A.N. Myer Sports Wall of Honour. |
Ralph’s strength, success and dominance in football was rewarded with a scholarship to play for the prestigious, Ivy League, Cornell University Big Red Football Team. Once again, Ralph was a Letterman and excelled as a Defensive Lineman for his team. In 1983, he was honoured by being chosen to the All Ivy 1st Team, and in 1984 graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering Degree.
||Professional Football was Ralph’s next calling, becoming a Territorial Pick to the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Ralph showed his versatility by switching to the Offensive Line and helping Hamilton from 1984 to 1990 appearing in four Grey Cup Finals, winning the coveted trophy in 1986. Ralph also received the CFLPA best offensive line award, with his line mates, in both 1988 and 1989. |
Retiring from the CFL and returning to Niagara Falls in 1990, Ralph is currently the Past President of the Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni Association and is a founding member of the executive of the newly established Canadian Football League Alumni Association (CFLAA).
Ralph continues to give back to football in Niagara as a coach with the Niagara Regional Minor Football Association and A.N. Myer High School.