Tecmo Super Bowl and the Canadian Football League
Tecmo Super Bowl released in 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System revolutionized sports video games. The game holds legendary status among game enthusiasts. The season play with complete stat-tracking, changing player conditions and injuries with actual NFL players laid the ground work for all future football games. So how does one of the most popular sports games of all-time relate to the CFL? Within the game were a number of prominent players whose career paths included stops in the CFL.
The game included players from the 1990 NFL season. Each player had their own bio sheet where season stats were accumulated and streaks and injuries were monitored. A total of 13 prominent offensive players in Tecmo Super Bowl spent some time in the Canadian Football League with varying degrees of success.
Robert Drummond - Baltimore/Toronto/B.C. - Running Back - 1994-02
Robert Drummond is the 2nd running back option for the Philadelphia Eagles. Drummond was a 3rd round selection in the 1989 draft. Robert saw limited action over 3 seasons with Philadelphia before moving on to the Baltimore CFL Colts in 1994. In the CFL Robert had an incredible career over 9 seasons capturing 4 Grey Cups with Baltimore (1995), Toronto (1996, 97) and B.C. (2000) Robert was named the Grey Cup MVP in the 2000 Lions victory over Montreal. Robert final season was in 2002 with Toronto. Robert could carry the load as a punishing back and also deliver as an elite receiving option out of the backfield. One of the most versatile back in league history.
Gil Fenerty - Toronto Argonauts - Running Back - 1987-89
Gil was a kick returner and reserve running back for the New Orleans Saints. He performs kick and punt return duties on Tecmo Super Bowl. He spent 3 spectacular seasons with the Toronto Argonauts in the late 1980's, setting club rushing records. He lasted 2 seasons with the Saints before retiring after the 1991 season. One of the premiere return men in Tecmo Super Bowl, you can read more about Gill's stay with the Toronto Argonauts here...
Mervyn Fernandez - British Columbia Lions - Wide Receiver - 1982-86
Mervyn is the deep threat for the Los Angeles Raiders. He spent six seasons with the Raiders his finest season was in 1989 when he had 1,069 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. Prior to his NFL career Mervyn spent 5 seasons with the British Columbia Lions where he had tremendous success. He was named the league Most Outstanding Player in 1985 when he had 1,727 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns, the team won the Grey Cup that year. Read more about Mervyn with the B.C. Lions here...
Terry Greer - Toronto Argonauts - Wide Receiver - 1980-85
Terry is the second option for receiver for the Detroit Lions. He spent 5 seasons in the NFL with Cleveland, San Francisco and Detroit. He won two Super Bowls while with the 49ers. He enjoyed his greatest statistical success in the NFL with Detroit in his final season in 1990 with 332 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. Prior to that Terry had tremendous success with the Toronto Argonauts. In 1983 he set a professional football record with 2,003 yards receiving he also had 8 touchdowns. He finished runner-up to Warren Moon for Most Outstanding Player in 1983. read more about Terry with Toronto here...
Lonzell Hill - Hamilton Tiger Cats - Wide Receiver - 1992-94
Lonzell Hill was the 2nd receiver option for the New Orleans Saints he was drafted by New Orleans in the 2nd round in 1987.. Lonzell spent 4 seasons with New Orleans 1988 was his best year with over 700 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns. Lonzell came to the CFL in 1992 first with Ottawa where he did not see any action and then 3 years with Hamilton. In 18 career games with Hamilton he had 913 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns.
Jerry Kauric - Edmonton Eskimos - Kicker - 1987-91
Jerry Kauric came from junior football in Windsor to become the starting placekicker for the Edmonton Eskimos in 1987. In the 1987 Grey Cup game Kauric kicked the winning field goal in a thrilling 38-36 victory over Toronto. Kauric would kick and punt for Edmonton until 1990. In 1990 Jerry was signed by the Cleveland Browns and beat out veteran Matt Bahr to win the starting job. He had a shining moment kicking the winning field goal on Monday Night Football to defeat the rival Denver Broncos. After his one season with Cleveland he was released. He would play only sparingly in the CFL in 1991 with Edmonton and Calgary.
Warren Moon - Edmonton Eskimos - Quarterback - 1978-83
Warren Moon went to the Pro Bowl in 1990 with Houston. He threw 33 touchdowns and 4,689 yards for the year his finest statistical season in his illustrious NFL career. Warren Moon is the most succesful player to have played in both the NFL and CFL. He threw for over 70,000 yards passing and 435 touchdowns over his 23 season professional career. With the Edmonton Eskimos Warren won 5 Grey Cup's over his 6 seasons in the CFL. He is a true football legend. Read more about Warren with Edmonton here...
Andre Rison - Toronto Argonauts - Wide Receiver - 2004-05
Andre Rison had a break-out season with Atlanta in 1990 as their #1 receiver. He totaled 1,208 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was a perennial Pro-Bowler over his 12 seasons in the NFL. He played for 7 different teams capturing the Super Bowl with Green Bay in 1996. He joined the Toronto Argonauts in August of 2004 after 3 years out of football. He played sparingly but did have 1 touchdown for the Argos. He also received a Grey Cup ring with Toronto in 2004. He played 1 game for Toronto in 2005 and was released in August of '05.
Timm Rosenbach - Hamilton Tiger Cats - Quarterback - 1994
Timm had his finest season as a professional in 1990 starting all 16 games for Phoenix. He passed for 3,098 yards and 16 Touchdowns adding 3 rushing TD's. Injuries led Timm to retire after the 1992 season. He returned to Professional football with the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 1994. The team struggled but Timm still put up respectable numbers before being released from the club due to financial difficulties in September of 1994. Read more about Timm and his stay with Hamilton here...
Billy Joe Tolliver - Shreveport Pirates - Quarterbcak - 1995
Billy Joe started 14 games for San Diego in 1990. He threw for 2,574 yards and 16 touchdowns. He played for 5 different teams over his 10 seasons in the NFL. His final playing time in the NFL was with New Orleans in 2000. In 1995 Billy Joe spent 1 season with the Shreveport Pirates. The team struggled to a 5-13 record but Billy put up some great numbers regardless. He threw for 3,767 yards and 16 touchdowns. The team folded after the 1995 season and Billy Joe returned to the NFL. Read more about Billy Joe with Shreveport here...
Odessa Turner - Ottawa Roughriders - Wide Receiver - 1994
Odessa spent 7 seasons in the NFL. He had his best season in 1989 with New York with 467 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns. He moved to San Francisco for the 1992-93 seasons his last in the NFL. Odessa joined the Ottawa Roughriders in 1994 and had a great season as the teams #1 receiver. He had 1,054 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns. The 1994 season with Ottawa was his final season in professional football.
Clarence Verdin - British Columbia Lions - Kick Returner - 1996
Clarence was the Colts primary Kick and Punt return man from 1990 to 1993. He is their return man in Tecmo Super Bowl. His best season was in 1992 with the Colts when he returned 2 punts for Touchdowns. He joined the British Columbia Lions in 1996 and spent the season returning Punts and Kicks in the CFL. He enjoyed moderate success but did not return to the Lions in 1997.
Andre Ware - Ottawa - B.C. - Toronto - Quarterback - 1995-97
Andre was a first round pick for Detroit in 1990. He won the Heisman trophy in 1989 with Houston. He spent 4 season with Detroit playing sparingly. He started 3 games in 1992 for Detroit throwing for 677 yards and 3 TD's. He joined the Ottawa Roughriders in 1995 and struggled with 3 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in limited playing time. He spent 1996 with British Columbia before moving on to Toronto in 1997 where he won a Grey Cup will backing up Doug Flutie. Andre was never able to match his collegiate success as a professional.
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