Gil Fenerty - Running Back - 1987-89 - Holy Cross College
Craig Wallace-Argo Heroes- Leo Cahill
In 1987, Leo signed the most exciting running back the Argos had had since Bill Symons was in his prime during the late 1960's. His name was Gill (The Thrill) Fenerty. Fenerty was the greatest running back in the history of Holy Cross University and had somehow been overlooked by the NFL. He had gone to Europe and was playing in Italy when Leo tracked him down.
Fenerty simply exploded in Toronto...rushing for nearly 900
yards, scoring 15 touchdowns and was named the CFL Rookie of the Year.
He was helped by the addition of two
exciting young quarterbacks who again had been signed by Leo...John
Congemi and Gilbert Renfroe.
This Championship game was considered by many experts, among the finest ever played. Fenerty played spectacularly, scoring one touchdown on a short plunge
into the end zone and then sprinting out of the backfield to haul in a
bomb from Gilbert Renfroe and take that all the way for another major.
The lead changed hands numerous times and the game wasn't settled
until the Eskimo's Jerry Kauric kicked a last minute field goal to
give Edmonton a 38-36 victory.
continued by CFL-H- In 1989 Gill's last year with the Argonauts he enjoyed his finest season. Setting a club record for rushing yards that would stand for 12 season Fenerty rumbled for 1,247 yards on the ground. He scored 12 touchdowns leading the offence and being named to his third consecutive All-Eastern All-Star selection. Toronto finished the season 7-11 but made the playoffs only to lose to Winnipeg for a second straight season in the post-season this time in the Eastern Semi-final.
Following the 1989 season Fenerty signed with the New Orleans Saints, used primarily as a returner and reserve running back Fenerty enjoyed 2 successful seasons with the Saints before retiring. Gill Fenerty has been immortalized as one if the premiere return men in the cult Nintendo Entertainment System classic Tecmo Super Bowl.
Fenerty would return to the CFL briefly in 1994 with the expansion Shreveport Pirates. He would see limited action before retiring from professional football.
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