Bernard Eugene Custis

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Bernard Eugene Custis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1928. He graduated from John Bartram High School in 1947. He continued his studies at Syracuse University from 1948 to 1950 playing football setting numerous records that would last for decades. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1951 NFL draft.

The Browns offered him a chance to play safety, when he refused he was released moving to Canada he signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He started in 1951 ending his career in 1956. After his professional career ending he stayed in Canada as a teacher and elementary school principal. From 1973 to 1980 he was the head coach at Sheridan College. In 1994, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

What you may not know about Bernard “Bernie” Custis is that he is known as the first black professional quarterback in Canada.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray it's a good reminder that it's football season again.... Patriots won last night....

Aug 23, 2019 03:53 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well he knew what he wanted and was wise to follow his dreams.

Aug 23, 2019 04:39 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Bernard stuck to his guns and it worked out well! Enjoy your day.

Aug 23, 2019 04:46 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Stuck to his guns and hopefully was as good a teacher.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 23, 2019 04:59 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Interesting piece of history. I've never heard of Bernard but it sounds like he made a success out of his left and hopefully inspired his students to greatness.

Aug 23, 2019 05:17 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... since I don't follow football history all the closely this was certainly "news" to me. So nice that Bernard decided to be an educator and coach after his professional football life ended.

Aug 23, 2019 05:50 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - this is "news" to me but definitely appropriate as the season gets underway.  

Aug 23, 2019 06:14 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Oh you’re always with joy and my morning history lesson from one of the best teachers on ActiveRain. Thank you for sharing James Dray 

Aug 23, 2019 06:32 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Another enlightening and powerful post. He did it his way.

Aug 23, 2019 06:37 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoyed reading your post, and it was good to hear that Bernard became an educator also.  A

Aug 23, 2019 06:59 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

I must have heard of him at some point, probably through osmosis when my husband was watching football because his name sounds familiar. 

Aug 23, 2019 07:29 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a wonderful sports story, thank you for sharing it, my friend!   I hope that you are having a fun day!

Aug 23, 2019 07:35 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James -  I have not followed football but he was a trailblazer.

Aug 23, 2019 11:05 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- while I am not familiar with Bernie Custis, he certainly had a great life. 

Aug 23, 2019 12:23 PM #14
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing an inspiring story.  You can have what you want if you want it badly enough and are willing to do what is needed to get it.

Aug 23, 2019 07:14 PM #15
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I would have loved to have seen him play James Dray . It's to bad the NFL didn't recognize his potential.

Aug 24, 2019 06:12 PM #16
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, do not know why they wanted to switch his talent.  It work in Canada for him.


Aug 25, 2019 07:58 AM #17
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I wish he could have played pro here but I do love Canada.

Aug 25, 2019 02:53 PM #18
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