Edmonton Eskimos

Tracy Ham - Quarterback - 1999-04 - Georgia Southern

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Tracy Ham was an expert at running the option offence while in college at Georgia Southern. Ham is considered a legend at the school. His prowess and athletic ability led him to being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1987 NFL draft in the 9th round 240th overall. The NFL envisioned Tracy as a running back but the High Springs, Florida native wanted to continue as a quarterback.

 

 Ham signed with the Edmonton Eskimos in June 1987, he joined a team loaded with future quarterback stars in Matt Dunigan and Damon Allen. By the 1988 season Tracy was getting decent playing time sharing with Damon Allen.

 

By 1989 Allen had left the team and took advantage of the playing time leading the Eskimos to a 16-2 regular season record under coach Joe Faragelli.

 

The Eskimos would be upset by eventual Grey Cup champions Saskatchewan in the Western Final in 1989 but Ham would go on to be named the league Most Outstanding Player. For the season he passed for 4,360 yards and 30 touchdowns, incredibly he added 1,005 yards rushing and 10 rushing touchdowns for one of the greatest statistical seasons ever for a quarterback.

 

The extremely athletic Ham would help redefine the quarterback position in Canadian Football in the early 1990's. Scrambling ability had long been an aspect of successful CFL quarterbacks, Ham along with other QB's of the time in Damon Allen and Doug Flutie brought the rushing threat of the quarterback to a new level.

 

By the end of the 1992 season Ham had entrenched himself as one of the premiere quarterbacks in the league. Contract disputes led to Ham being traded to Toronto for the 1993 season in a 10 player deal. Ham was meant to excel under new Argo coach Darrell "Mouse" Davis' run and shoot offence but the result was not a success. Ham struggled mightily in Toronto. By the end of the season it seemed that the regard for Ham had fallen a great deal around the league, Don Matthews knew better. Matthews had been recruited to coach the new Baltimore franchise in 1994. Matthews elected to bring Ham to Baltimore as a veteran with a great deal of CFL experience. The plan worked Ham along with all-stars in Running Bank Mike Pringle and receiver Chris Armstrong would form the nucleus of the leagues most successful franchise over the next two seasons. The success would culminate in Baltimore's Grey Cup victory over Calgary in 1995.

 

  Following the dissolution of the American franchises the remnants of Baltimore were moved to Montreal. Ham was the face of the team back in Montreal. The club did well but was unable to get past the Doug Flutie led Argonauts in 1996 and 97. Following that Ham would continue to lead Montreal to regular season success but the Hamilton Tiger Cats were the nemesis for 1998 and 99. Ham would retire prior to the 2000 season turning over the quarterbacking duties to the capable hands of Anthony Calvillo. Over his career Ham carried himself with class, his athletic prowess changed how the position was played and viewed. Tracy Ham left his mark with incredible results over 12 seasons.

 

 

-- statistics --

 

 

Tracy Ham     Georgia Southern    
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1987 Edm 36 15 231 41.7 1 3 38
1988 Edm 339 185 2,840 54.6 14 15 85
1989 Edm 517 268 4,366 51.8 30 18 67
1990 Edm 559 285 4,286 51.0 36 24 70
1991 Edm 454 242 3,862 53.3 31 16 66
1992 Edm 428 221 3,655 51.6 30 13 81
1993 Tor 302 146 2,147 48.3 8 11 64
1994 Blt 519 280 4,348 53.9 30 13 83
1995 Blt 395 232 3,357 58.7 21 14 54
1996 Mtl 396 229 3,313 57.8 28 10 62
1997 Mtl 460 261 3,687 56.7 23 12 65
1998 Mtl 326 178 2,511 54.6 21 12 75
1999 Mtl 212 128 1,931 60.4 11 3 67
Total 13 4943 2670 40,534 54.0 284 164 85

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1987 Edm 9 56 6.2 20 1
1988 Edm 86 628 7.3 44 5
1989 Edm 125 1,005 8.0 55 10
1990 Edm 136 1,096 8.1 32 5
1991 Edm 125 998 8.0 42 7
1992 Edm 92 655 7.1 45 5
1993 Tor 72 605 8.4 42 7
1994 Blt 76 613 8.1 80 4
1995 Blt 83 610 7.3 45 4
1996 Mtl 74 604 8.2 57 4
1997 Mtl 82 584 7.1 41 6
1998 Mtl 55 378 6.9 22 1
1999 Mtl 44 211 4.8 16 3
Total 13 1059 8,043 7.6 80 62