Ed Ulmer

Ed Ulmer (born July 21, 1940 — died January 28, 2000) is a former Canadian Football League (CFL) defensive back and punter. Ulmer played college football at Ohio State. He started his playing career with Ottawa Rough Riders in 1963 and he moved for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1965–1971.

Ed Ulmer played nine years in the CFL from 1963 to 1971. With smaller rosters than the NFL, the CFl has always prized versatility and Ed Ulmer fiter in perfectly with that notion. Ulmer was an excellent defensive back, could fill in at running back, did the punting an was also use to return kickoffs and punts when needed. Ulmer joined the Ottawa Rough Riders late in the 1963 season, playing just two game,s but still recording two interceptions. In 1964, Ulmer played 13 games for Ottawa, recording four interceptions and taking over the regular punting duties. Ulmer was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the 1965 season and he finished his career with the Blue and Gold, playing seven seasons for them. Ulmer won one West All-Star selection 91966) and was also named a CFL All-Star that season at defensive back. In total, Ulmer racked up 31 career interceptions with a career best of 9 in his second last season in 1970 which tied him for best in the West along with team mate Paul Brule and BC's Jerry Bradley. Ulmer scored four career toudchdowns, two each in 1966 and 1967. Two of the touchdowns came on interception returns, one on a punt return and one on a rushing play. Ulmer led the West in punting average three times (1966, 1968 and 1969).

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