Archie Amerson - Running Back - 1997-04 - Northen Arizona
When the Hamilton Tiger Cats closed out the 1990’s with one of the top teams in the league beyond the McManus’ and Flutie’s the teams offence road the strength of a ‘Double A’ dynamo.
Archie Amerson was a high school super star in San Diego in the early 1990’s. He parlayed that success into a full scholarship to Northern Arizona University where he excelled as a running back. In his senior season in 1996 Archie won the Walter Payton award as the top player in NCAA division 2 college football.
Amerson signed with Hamilton in 1997 and immediately had an impact as a running back and catching the ball out of the backfield. In 1998, Amerson had over 700 yards rushing and over 700 yards receiving as the focal point of the Cats offence. Teaming with Ronald Williams; Amerson led a resurgence for the Tiger Cats franchise culminating in back to back Grey Cup appearances in 1998 and 1999. Hamilton captured the 1999 Grey Cup after defeating Calgary in B.C. Place.
Archie was converted to more of a receiver after his first few seasons with Hamilton and in 2000 he had his finest season catching the football with 1,198 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2001, Amerson spent a couple of months with the rival Toronto Argonauts before returning to Hamilton at midseason. Archie upon his return to Hamilton would post terrific numbers as primarily a receiver in 2002, 03 and his final year 2004.
A superb talent who could impact a game in many different ways Amerson enjoyed a terrific 8 season career in the CFL.