Canadian Football Figure. Born in Starbuck, Manitoba., he was nicknamed "Yussel the Muscle" and was involved in Canada professional football for over thirty years. He was instrumental in forming the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the formation of the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1934. He was the only person to have managed three different professional teams in the league, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1933 to 1941, Montreal Alouettes, 1945 to 1949 and Edmonton Eskimos, 1959 to 1966. His skillful management resulted in Grey Cup victories with the Blue Bombers in 1933, 1935, 1939, 1941 and the Montreal Alouettes in 1949. Ryan became the first life member of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber
Alumni Association in 1958, received the Canadian Rugby Union plaque for outstanding service in 1964 and entered the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1973. He died in Victoria, British Columbia.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Helen Katherine Killeen Ryan
1904–1991 (m. 1927)