Honourary Captains

Gryphon Football will be introducing an Honourary Captain for each of our home games.

This Honourary Captain is picked from our collection of distinguished Gryphon alumni and is someone who represents all that Gryphon Football is.

The Honourary Captain becomes our VIP for the game and will join our captains on the field with the referee to do the coin toss.

GUELPH GRYPHONS VS. ottawa gee-gees - SEPTEMBER 28th, 2019

1984 vanier cup team captains


We honoured our 1984 Vanier Cup winning team during our 2019 homecoming game. The team was invited to watch the game on our pavilion roof top, where they were reunited with their previous teammates.

the captains of this team were b laine schmidt, jeff yanchus, randy dimitroff, randy walters and jed tommy.

randy walters flipped the coin toss and won for the gryphons!

GUELPH GRYPHONS VS. western mustangs - SEPTEMBER 21st, 2019

Jeremy oxley


Jeremy Oxley was our honourary captain during our game against the Western Mustangs. Oxley played for the Gryphons from 1996 through to 2000. During his time as a Gryphon, he was named 1st Team All-Star (’97-’00), 1st Team All-Canadian (’99-’00), won the Wildman, the WF Mitchell Award, Rookie of the Year Award, 2-time Lineman of the Year award and Team MVP. Congratulations on all of your success Jeremy and congrats on being our Honourary Gryphon!


nick fitzgibbon

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Nick Fitzgibbon was our honourary captain during our O-Week game against the York Lions this September. Fitzgibbon played for the gryphons from 2006 to 2011, where he made the quite the impact. Fitzgibbon led the team in rushing every year from 2006-2010, was 1st Team OUA All-Star  (‘08-10), 2nd Team CIS All-Canadian (’09-10) and won the Donald Forster MVP trophy (’07-’09).

In addition to this, Nick set 8 school records during his time as Gryphon, including Most Rushing Yards in a Career (3,600 yards) and Most Touchdowns in a Career (40). Congratulations on being our Honourary Captain, Nick! Much deserved.





Darrell Skuse was our Honourary Captain to start our 2019 season at Alumni Stadium. Skuse played Running Back for the Gryphons where he broke some records, including Longest Punt vs. Toronto in 1985 (94 yards) and Most Rushing Yards in a Season in 1986 (832 yards).

Some of his accomplishments include being a 4-year Varsity Letterman, Football-Rookie of the Year recipient (‘84), Vanier Cup champion (’84), Football-Donald Forster-MVP recipient (‘86), Team Captain (’85’86), and 1st Team OUAA All-Star (’86). Darrell Skuse went 53rd overall in the CFL Draft to the Edmonton Eskimos in 1986. Thank you, Darrell.

Don Taylor

Guelph Gryphons vs. Waterloo Warriors - October 20th, 2018


For our last game of the regular season, and the day after his induction into the Order of the Gryphon for his generous donations to our team, it was our pleasure to welcome Don Taylor back to the Alumni Stadium turf to be our Honourary Captain for a crucial game against Waterloo. Don wore the Redmen jersey from 1959-1964.

Guelph Gryphons vs. UofT Varsity Blues - October 13th, 2018

Mike Shoemaker

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Just before kick-off of the highly anticipated annual Think Pink game, we were delighted to welcome former quarterback, Mike Shoemaker, to centre field as our Honourary Captain. Mike is a member of the University of Guelph Class of 1989 as well as the Guelph Gryphon Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2003. He has a collection of prestigious football titles including, 2-time OUA First Teams All-Star, 2-time CIAU All-Canadian, and OUA conference MVP in 1988 and 1989. He also won the university’s Don Cameron award in 1987 and Male Athlete of the Year in 1988. Thank you for joining us for the coin toss, Mike! It was great to have you back on Gryphon turf for such a great game.

Dave Irwin

Guelph Gryphons vs. Queen’s Gaels - September 22nd, 2018


Having just been inducted to the Guelph Gryphon Athletics Hall of Fame the night before, it only seemed fitting to have Dave as our Honourary Captain for the Homecoming game. Dave wore the Gryphon jersey as a wide receiver from 1990-1993. He earned the titles of OUAA All-Star ‘91, ‘92, and ‘93, CIAU All-Canadian in ‘92 and ‘93, a Yates Cup winner in ‘92, UofG Male Athlete of the Year ‘93, as well as a member of the 1990’s Team of the Decade. His achievements with the Gryphons led him to be a Toronto Argonauts (CFL) draft pick in 1994. It truly was an honour to have him back on the field.

Guelph Gryphons vs. York Lions - September 3rd, 2018

Rob Wesseling

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Rob was an offensive lineman for 5 years with Gryphon Football before graduating in 1995 and being drafted to the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) in the 1st round. In his time at Guelph, he was named Rookie of the Year in 1990, UofG Lineman of the Year in ‘92 and ‘93, Wildman Trophy winner in ‘93, and President’s Trophy winner in ‘94 and ‘95. He also collected multiple National and Conference honours, including becoming a Yates Cup champion in 1992. In 2012, he was inducted into the University of Guelph Hall of Fame, and we are thrilled that this year he was able to come back to the Alumni Stadium field and be our Honourary Captain for a game.