Marc Boerigter - Wide Receiver - 2000-01 - Hastings College
Marc Boerigter a 6'3" 215lb native of Sioux Center, Iowa attended NAIA Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. In 35 games for Hastings, he caught 93 passes for 1,902 yards (20.5 avg.) and 30 touchdowns. His 30 career touchdowns set a school record, while his 853 receiving yards as a senior were the best single-season total in school history. He was selected to the NIAC All-Conference team as a junior and senior.
Wally Buono and director of player personnel at the time for Calgary Bob O'Billovich recruited Boerigter after his four years of college. The duo saw definite talent in the young receiver. Calgary signed Boerigter to a 2 year deal plus a club option for a third season. The standard CFL contract is for 1 year plus the club option, but Buono and O'Billovich definately saw something they liked in Marc. Among established CFL veterans in Allen Pitts, Vince Danielson and Travis Moore, Boerigter still had an amazing season with Calgary. He caught 63 passes for 1,092 yards (17.3 avg.) and eight touchdowns in 2000, becoming the first rookie in team history to top the 1,000-yard receiving plateau in a season since Terry Vaughn in 1995.
The NFL definitely took notice but with his contract signed Boerigter returned to Calgary for the 2001 season. 2001 marked the retirement of both Danielson and Pitts. With the defection of Dave Dickinson to the NFL the club also had a new quarterback in Marcus Crandell. It was definitely a year of transition for Calgary and they stumbled out of the gate. An 8-10 regular season record was good enough to make the playoffs. Boerigter was a big part of the late season surge as he took a leadership role among
the receivers he had 48 catches for 931 yards and 11 touchdowns. The club peaked at the right time and advanced to the Grey Cup versus favored Winnipeg. In his final CFL game Boerigter went out in style with 4 receptions for 114 yards and a decisive touchdown as Calgary upset Winnipeg 27-19 to capture the Grey Cup.
Mark enjoyed the victory and celebration taking part in the parade and festivities in Calgary. That off-season he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on a 7 year deal (7 years for salary cap purposes). In his first season with Kansas City he had great success as a third down option catching 20 passes for 420 yards and an astounding 8 touchdowns. Included in those 8 touchdowns is a club record 99 yard TD reception. Boerigter missed all of the 2003 season with various injuries but has returned to be a factor on offence for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The smaller schools in the U.S. are often overlooked by the NFL machine when recruiting players. A shining example of the talent that can be found is that of Marc Boerigter.
Marc returned to the CFL and Calgary in 2007 amidst much fanfare. He was not able to recapture his former glory and had lost a step since leaving the league. He had 1 touchdown with Calgary and concluded his career with Toronto to end the season.