THE BEST OF THE BEST! VINCENT "BOOMER" SCOTT
SECTION V FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY
10th annual induction - April 3, 2007 - RIT Inn & Conference Center

April 3, 2007 saw the storied LeRoy football program land its first entry into the Section V Football Hall of Fame. The recipient of this huge honor was none other than the late Vincent "Boomer" Scott, a gridiron star that not only was a scholastic all-star at LeRoy High from 1939-42, but went on to have an all-star career at the University of Notre Dame and in the NFL and CFL. Boomer was one of 12 members elected as the Hall of Fame's Class of '07 at ceremonies held at the RIT Inn & Conference Center. The all-star career of Boomer was feted in front of family members down from Canada, as well as local friends, coaches, and even former teammates. Boomer's son, Joe Scott, did his father and family proud with a great recollection of his father's prowess as a football player and more importantly, a human being.

My father, Jim Henry, has told me stories in the past of this terrific player named Boomer who earned his nickname for his uncanny ability to "boom" the ball on punts and kickoffs. He was always described as "wide as he was tall" and oh so powerful. To top it off, he was pretty darn fast. His strength was totally natural, his presence undeniable. I am so glad that I was able to experience the induction thanks to the generosity of Five Star Bank via LeRoy alumni "Big Al" Tomidy and Jimmy Rudgers, two fine athletes in their own right.

The following is the writeup in the program for LeRoy's all-time most heralded and deserving gridiron all-star, Vincent "Boomer" Scott:

"Boomer" Scott went from 4-year high school starter during the World War 2 era to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, playing for a legendary college coach along the way and rolling up numerous honors.

Scott was a fullback and nose tackle for LeRoy from the 1939 to '42 seasons, catching the attention of Frank Leahy at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a 5-foot-8, 235-pound lineman. His final season with the Fighting Irish was the start of a 36-0-2 run by Leahy's teams from 1946 to '49. Scott played before crowds of 75,119 at Illinois and 74,121 in Yankee Stadium against Army - the memorable scoreless tie - that autumn and would de selected the Notre Dame Club's Outstanding Athlete.

His professional career began the following season with the Buffalo Bills, and played against Otto Graham the 1948 All-American Football Conference playoffs. He refused a trade to San Francisco and left for Canada, where he became a fixture for the Hamilton Wildcats and then the Hamilton Tiger-Cats following a merger in 1950.

Playing 13 of the next 14 seasons, Scott was an All-Eastern defensive lineman 10 times and played on Grey Cup champions in 1953 and '57. He was voted onto the Eastern Conference Team of the Century and was enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1982.


LR head football coach Brian Moran enjoys some fun
at his table prior to the HOF ceremonies
Joe Scott, son of LR HOF inductee Vincent "Boomer" Scott, meets and greets before the HOF festivities
Former standout LR football QB Jim Rudgers (8-0 LeRoy team in 1966) meets Joe Scott
Joe Scott accepts the Section V Football HOF plaque for his father, LeRoy's most heralded football player ever - Vincent "Boomer" Scott
Former LR head football coach and HOF member Don Santini was in attendance for the big night
Joe Scott gives the acceptance speech on behalf of his father's spectacular gridiron career
Former teammate of "Boomer" Scott - LR's venerable Kermit Arrington, also a grand athlete for LHS in the mid-1940's
Family members and friends of the Scott clan convene
for a picture in the lobby after the HOF ceremonies

 

Section V Football Hall of Fame inductees - Class of 2007
Front: Rich Kaplun (Irondequoit), Johnny Anderson (Monroe), Bill Udicious (Official), Bill Sutherland (ND Batavia),
Neil Zwierlein (Section V / NY Contributor), Joe Scott (son of the late Vincent "Boomer" Scott - LeRoy). Rear: Larry
Trippodo (Official), Dan Enright (Fairport), Scott Virkus (Greece Olympia), Glen Campbell (Irondequoit), Mark Walczak (Greece Athena). Not pictured: Jim Sheehan (Official).


The championship rings of Vincent "Boomer" Scott
- Notre Dame - NCAA Champions 1946 -
- One of two CFL Grey Cup Championship Rings -