Hamilton Tiger Cats

Archie Amerson - Running Back - 1997-04 - Northen Arizona

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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 returner, 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. He totaled 970 yards in 2002, 960 in 2003 and 894 on just 47 catches in 2004.

 

A superb talent who could impact a game in many different ways Amerson enjoyed a terrific 8 season career in the CFL.

 

-- statistics --

 

 

Archie Amerson Nothern Arizona  
  Rushing      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1997 Ham 144 630 4.4 64 4
1998 Ham 160 703 4.4 69 3
1999 Ham 4 67 16.8 70 1
2000 Ham 6 16 2.7 10 0
2001 Tor 21 120 5.7 25 0
2001 Ham 0 0 0.0 0 0
2002 Ham 11 53 4.8 13 0
2003 Ham 9 41 4.6 0 0
2004 Ham 1 24 24.0 24 0
Total 8 356 1,654 4.6 70 8

 

    Receiving    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1997 Ham 40 414 10.4 46 1
1998 Ham 65 750 11.5 89 5
1999 Ham 47 700 14.9 60 5
2000 Ham 70 1,198 17.1 75 6
2001 Tor 26 380 14.6 41 5
2001 Ham 5 32 6.4 15 0
2002 Ham 61 970 15.9 53 6
2003 Ham 75 960 12.8 45 4
2004 Ham 47 894 19.0 68 5
Total 8 436 6,298 14.4 89 37

 

    Punt Return    
Yr Team No Yds Avg Lg TD
1997 Ham 0 0 0.0 0 0
1998 Ham 0 0 0.0 0 0
1999 Ham 25 183 7.3 42 0
2000 Ham 51 351 6.9 38 0
2001 Tor 29 231 8.0 25 0
2001 Ham 0 0 0.0 0 0
2002 Ham 8 105 13.1 68 0
2003 Ham 4 51 12.8 23 0
2004 Ham 0 0 0.0 0 0
Total 8 117 921 7.9 68 0

 

    Kick Return  
Yr Team No Yds Avg Lg TD
1997 Ham 2 34 17.0 17 0
1998 Ham 24 594 24.8 54 0
1999 Ham 18 393 21.8 57 0
2000 Ham 51 948 18.6 40 0
2001 Tor 3 67 22.3 32 0
2001 Ham 2 42 21.0 28 0
2002 Ham 1 7 7.0 7 0
2003 Ham 0 0 0.0 0 0
2004 Ham 0 0 0.0 0 0
Total 8 101 2,085 20.6 57 0