Eskimos mourn loss of Hall of Famer Mendryk

Dr. Stephen Mendryk, who won three Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos in the mid-1950s, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 83.

Former defensive back/halfback dies at 83 after lengthy illness

Dr. Stephen Mendryk, who won three Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos in the mid-1950s, has died after a lengthy illness.

He was 83.

Mendryk spent nine seasons with the Eskimos as a defensive back/halfback after joining the team in 1949. He won Grey Cups in 1954, '55 and '56 and was later inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Mendryk died recently in Edmonton, the Eskimos said Tuesday in a release. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

After his retirement from the gridiron, Mendryk went on to a distinguished academic career and became a highly regarded professor at the University of Alberta.

A memorial is scheduled for Thursday in St. Alberta, Alta.