Tim Cofield - Defensive End - 1991-96 - Elizabeth City State University
Intimidating, Powerful, Feared three words that can describe Tim Cofield’s brief yet impressive career in the Canadian Football League. Cofield was an imposing presence as a Defensive End for parts of 6 CFL seasons.
The Elizabeth City State University (North Carolina) product spent 5 seasons in the NFL with Kansas City, New York (Jets) and Buffalo. Often considered as one of the strongest players in professional football Cofield joined the CFL in 1991 with Calgary - he helped the team down the stretch and also registered a fumble recovery in the Stampeders Grey Cup defeat to the Toronto Argonauts. Tim was solid for Calgary in 1992 and was then traded to Hamilton for the 1993 season. With Hamilton he really exploded onto the CFL scene posting an impressive sack total of 19 in 1993 including a CFL record 5 sacks in 1 game. He followed that up with 16 sacks in 1994. Tim was a CFL All-Star in 1993 and ’94. At 6’2” 245lbs he was definitely a terror for offensive lineman.
Chris Schultz describes lining up against Cofield towards the end of his career:
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I knew when it was time for me to go, it was mid-September in 1994. Tim Cofield was a very good defensive end/linebacker who was exceptionally gifted with excellent speed and good technique.
We lined up and he destroyed me. I couldn't run block him and I couldn't pass block him. It was a nightmare experienced in real time.
I think I was lucky though. I retired because my body told me to in a very direct way named Tim Cofield.
That's the toughest thing about age and football. Just when you have it all figured out upstairs in your mind, your body doesn't respond to what your mind asks it to do.
Still I have been asked many times would I do it all over again if given the chance.
With a durable body – a Tim Cofield body - and my brain, I would still be playing.
Tim spent the 1995 season in the deep south with the Memphis Mad Dogs where he led one of the most dominating defences in the CFL in the past 30 years. The only problem was the offence was not able to produce for Memphis to enjoy greater success in their only season in the league. Tim registered an incredible 24 quarterback sacks to lead the league and was named the South divisions top defensive player.
Tim was considered a prize acquisition by the Toronto Argonauts prior to the 1996 season coming off being runner up as the Leagues Most Outstanding Defensive Player. With Toronto Cofield would only play 13 games in what would turn out to be a championship season for the franchise. Injuries prematurely cut Cofield's season short and ultimately ended his all too brief career in the Canadian Football League.
He may have only spent parts of 6 seasons in Canadian Football but Tim Cofield left a path of destruction that rivals that of the top defenders in league history. Tim Cofield as a defensive force deserves to be remembered.