Arnie McWatters
Born:Sarnia, Ontario
Career information
Position(s)Quarterback & Halfback
CollegeSarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School
Career history
As player
1935–38Sarnia Imperials
1939–42Ottawa Rough Riders
1943Ottawa Combines
1944–47Ottawa Trojans
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1936, 1942,
Awards1945 - Imperial Oil Trophy
HonoursGrey Cup champion - 1936, 1940

Arnie McWatters was a Canadian quarterback and halfback in the Ontario Rugby Football Union.

Coming straight from high school, McWatters played for his hometown Sarnia Imperials from 1935 to 1938, with his finest season being 1936, when he won the Grey Cup and was an all-star. He next played four seasons with the Ottawa Rough Riders[1] where he won another Grey Cup in 1940 and was an all-star in 1942. After one season with the Ottawa Combines, he finished his career playing four seasons for the Ottawa Trojans,[2] the highlight coming in 1945 when he won the Imperial Oil Trophy as OFRU most valuable player.[3]

He later coached the University of Ottawa and Carleton University football teams.[4] In 1991 he was elected to the Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame.[5]


  1. ^ Capital Region Football: Ottawa Rough Riders all-time roster Archived 2012-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Capital Region Football: Ottawa Trojans all-time roster". Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  3. ^ Arnie McWatters Awarded Valuable Player Trophy Ottawa Citizen, November 19, 1945
  4. ^ Ravens Coaches
  5. ^ 1991 Inductees