In today’s Hamilton Spectator sports columnist Cecilia Carter-Smith takes a look a the Hamilton and Burlington area CIS players who will play in the May 12 East-West Bowl. She focuses in specifically on Guelph’s Dillon Dimitroff, providing a good deal of background information on the connections of the Dimitroff family to the Gryphon football program. For example,
Three generations of Dimitroffs are deeply rooted in the Guelph football archives.
“Being a Dimitroff means that you basically have football in your blood,” said Dillon.
Grandpa Tom Dimitroff Sr. coached the Guelph Gryphons (1979-1983) after a rewarding professional coaching career with the Ottawa Roughriders (1974-1977) winning the Grey Cup in 1976 and the Hamilton Tiger Cats (1978).
Dad Randy was a member of the 1984 Vanier Cup championship team, when the 4-3 Gryphons went on a run that was described as “a stunning hot streak to win the national football championship for the first and only time.”
They took their show on the road, first stunning the undefeated McMaster Marauders 27-15. They continued away, defeating the Western Mustangs 31-26. And in the Central Bowl — hosted by the Gryphs — the hometown heroes beat the University of Calgary Dinos 12-7.
Their Cinderella season ended at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium in front of more than 16,000 fanatics, where the underdog Gryphs — coached by John Musselam — defeated Mount Allison 16-13, which was coached by Steve Bruno.
And Tom Jr. (Dillon’s uncle), a captain and defensive back for the Gryphons (1985-1990) was named general manager of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons (2008). And twice, uncle Tom has been named the NFL executive of the year.
Carter-Smith goes on to quote Coach Lang speaking about the youngest Dimitroff. Read the full story: Dimitroff continues family’s winning football tradition.