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02/19/2012 06:24 EST | Updated 04/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Colleagues pay tribute to Cal Murphy, who died Saturday at age 79

Quotes about Cal Murphy, a nine-time Grey Cup champion and member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, who died Saturday at age 79:

"Cal Murphy lived and breathed and loved football — and our league was so much better for it. . . His teams could amass points, but they were often defined by their toughness — reflective of a man who refused to let a severe heart condition stop him." — Statement from CFL commissioner Mark Cohon.

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"Cal Murphy is a legend in CFL coaching, but more importantly he was a wonderful person. Since his retirement from coaching, Cal was a fixture in our offices watching film and talking football. He will be missed by our entire organization." — Jim Hopson, Saskatchewan Roughriders president and CEO.

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"Cal's influence on the CFL covers the full scope of football in Canada. He made sure we stuck with our Canadian rules and continually stood up for our League. On a personal note, I learned a great deal from my friend, Cal, about football and life. His big personality was a treasure." — Hugh Campbell, former Edmonton Eskimos head coach, GM and president.

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"Cal was an outstanding coaching mind and a wonderful person. He was a man that meant so much to the development of our league and its players. He will be greatly missed by all, but his contributions will remain with us for many years to come." — Wally Buono, B.C. Lions GM and vice-president of football operations.

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"(He) knew offence, defence, special teams, knew the nuances of the Canadian kicking game, understood and respected the importance of the Canadian player in the game, and then was probably one of the best personnel people that any of us have ever been around." — Paul Robson, former Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager.