February 16, 2012
Cancer claims ex-Argo Hudson
By FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency
The Argos family lost one of its all-time greats Thursday when Warren Hudson lost his courageous battle with cancer.
During his time, no player blocked as hard, no player worked as hard and no player endeared himself to his teammates more than Hudson, whose soft-spoken nature belied his football-playing style.
Had it not been for Bob O’Billovich, Hudson’s run as a fullback would never have taken off.
For it was Obie who asked Hudson to fill in at fullback after Bob Bronk got nicked during practice.
So raw was Hudson that he first suited up at linebacker for the Oshawa Hawkeyes, which back then was sort of a feeder system for the Argos.
Hudson, who grew up in Scarborough, likely would have stayed an Argo had Don Matthews not seen fit to trade him to Winnipeg in 1990 when Toronto went with a single back formation.
As fate would have it, Hudson was a key piece for the Blue Bombers, who would upset Edmonton to win the Grey Cup.
Hudson would be named top Canadian in the title game.
As an Argo, Hudson will be most remembered as the lead blocker for Gill (The Thrill) Fenerty at a time when the run game was a lot more featured than today’s pass-happy offences.
During a three-year run in Toronto, Fenerty would rush for 3,094 yards, almost every yard produced with Hudson leading the way.
In Winnipeg, Hudson helped Robert Mimbs rush for a CFL-high 1,341 yards in 1990.
Hudson spent three seasons in Winnipeg before wrapping up his career as an Argo.
In 144 career games, Hudson rushed for 1,507 yards on 296 carries, 23 touchdowns and pancaked countless would-be tacklers.
Hudson, 49, died at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital after his heroic battle with anaplastic astrocytoma, which is a type of brain tumour.
He is survived by his wife Kelly, and his two sons Cory and Will.
Funeral arrangements weren’t immediately available.