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Darren Flutie's one-handed touchdown catch was the highlight of Hamilton's 32-21 Grey Cup victory over the Calgary Stampeders at B.C.Place in 1999. He is considered one of the greatest Canadian Football League receivers of all-time. Doug Flutie's younger brother, played 12 seasons in the CFL before retiring in 2002 as the league's all-time leader in receptions (972) and second all-time in receiving yards (14,359). During his career, Flutie scored 66 touchdowns, averaged 14.8 yards per catch and played in four Grey Cup games, winning twice. read more about Darren here...


The Hamilton Tiger Cats signed Chuck Ealey prior to the 1972 season. Ealey was coming off an NCAA record 35 game winning streak with the Toledo Rockets that still stands. Ealey had offers from the NFL to play as a running back but elected to sign with Hamilton and continue his career at quarterback. He was an instant success with Hamilton winning the Schenley for Outstanding Rookie in 1972 and named MVP of the '72 Grey Cup in which Hamilton defeated Saskatchewan 13-10 on a last second field goal at newly renovated Ivor Wynne Stadium. Ealey lasted just over two seasons with Hamilton before moving on to Winnipeg and then Toronto but his magical rookie season lasts as the highlight of his professional career. Read more about Chuck here...


Defensive End Grover Covington terrorized CFL quarterbacks in the 1980's. Grover came to Hamilton in a trade with Montreal prior to the 1981 season after graduating from Johnson C. Smith University in 1980. The 6'3" 255 pound end was a force on defence, leading the CFL in sacks on 3 occasions and winning Defensive Player of the year honours in 1988. He totalled 3 sacks in the Tiger Cas 1986 Grey Cup victory over Edmonton 39-16 and was named top Defensive Player of the title game that year. He retired after the 1991 season compiling a CFL record 157 career quarterback sacks. Read more about the incomparable Grover here...


Don McPherson was a stand-out quarterback with Syracuse and finished runner-up to Tim Brown in voting for the 1987 Heisman trophy. After bouncing around a few NFL clubs he joined Hamilton in August of 1991. He made an impression in the 1992 Eastern semi-final as he led the club to a 2nd half comeback victory over Ottawa 29-28. Based on that performance McPherson was named the clubs starting quarterback for 1993. He struggled throwing 21 interceptions and only 6 touchdowns as the club finished the year at 6-12 with a carousel of quarterbacks. McPherson did not return to the club and the lofty expectations for the athletic pivot were not fulfilled. Read more about Don with Hamilton here...


Tony Champion holds a special place in the hearts of all Tiger Cat fans. The lanky graduate of the University of Tennessee-Martin had an outstanding 7 year career with Hamilton. What stands above all of the statistics Champion compiled is what many consider the greatest catch in football. In the 1989 Grey Cup, Hamilton battled the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the newly minted Skydome. Suffering from broken ribs; Champion made a spectacular, twisting, catch falling backward into the end zone, the play stands as a signature play in Grey Cup and CFL history. Champion had 14 touchdown receptions that season and although Hamilton would lose the Grey Cup that day, Champion and that catch will not soon be forgotten. Read more about Tony and his career with Hamilton here...


Ben Zambiasi was a ferocious linebacker for the Hamilton Tiger Cats for 10 seasons. He joined the club after a brief stint with the Chicago Bears in 1978 and was an instant success. The Georgia grad was runner up for league rookie of the year honours in '78 after just 10 games. He continued his dominance at linebacker into the 1980's as he was named a league all-star every season from 1978-82. Although only 6'1" and 215 lbs Zambiasi was a feared defender known for his punishing hits. The team won the Grey Cup in 1986 behind the clubs dominant defence led by Ben Zambiasi. He left the club in March 1988 and spent his final season in the league with Toronto in 1989. A true legend in the long history of dominant Ticat defensive players. Read more about Ben here... 


Intimidating, Powerful, Feared three words that can describe Tim Cofields brief yet impressive career in the Canadian Football League. Cofield was an imposing presence as a Defensive End for parts of 6 CFL seasons. Tim first came to the CFL in 1991 after 5 seasons in the NFL. Tim signed with Calgary in 1991 and was with the club through 1992. The North Carolina native was then traded to Hamilton for the 1993 season. With Hamilton Tim 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 62 245lbs he was definitely a terror for offensive lineman. He 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. Read more about Tim here...


Rufus Crawford was a multi-talented athlete with Hamilton for 7 seasons. He was equally adept as a receiver or rushing the ball out of the backfield. Crawford was also a dangerous threat on special teams returning kickoffs and punts. Crawford set a league mark (since surpassed) in 1984 for combined yards and was named the Eastern division's Most Outstanding Player. One of the first modern day multi-purpose players, Crawford could change a game in so many ways. Over his career Rufus had 18 touchdowns rushing, 8 receiving and 2 on punt returns. The North Carolina native retired at the young age of 30 to pursue other opportunities including acting but he remains to this day one of the most versatile offensive performers in league history. Read more about Rufus here...


From Massachusetts Angelo Mosca came to Canada from Notre Dame to play in the CFL in 1958 and was a star player through the '60s and into the 1970's. One of the best-known players in league history with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Infamous for an incident in the 1963 Grey Cup when he injured B.C. Lions star player (and future Hall of Famer) Willie Fleming in what was thought to be a premeditated late, out-of-bounds hit. In true pro wrestling style, Mosca has denied it to this day, and the tapes seemed to show that he was committed to making the hit before Fleming was tackled by another player. Mosca carried his reputation with pride and Hamilton won the Cup, and won it again in 1965, 1967, and 1972 (pictured left). Angelo has made Hamilton his home and the rugged nature of Steeltown suits his personality perfectly. Read more from an article by Steve Milton about the Ticat and CFL legend here...


Jimmy Jones spent 7 seasons in the CFL. Highly regarded when he arrived in the league with Montreal in 1973 out of USC Jones would experience success leading Montreal to the Grey Cup in 1974. Jimmy spent the greatest part of his career as a starting quarterback with the Hamilton Tiger Cats from 1976-78. The club did not have a great deal of success with Jimmy but he did lead them to an Eastern Final in 1976 where they were defeated by the eventual Grey Cup champion Ottawa Rough Riders. An athletic quarterback with a strong arm Jimmy kept opposing defences guessing with his ability to run and also stretch the defence with long passes. He may not have lived up to his potential when he arrived in the CFL but Jones carved out a productive career in the CFL. Read more here..


 

The Tiger Cats were looking to make a splash in the football world following a disappointing 1993 season. Celebrating their 125 season as a franchise Hamilton went after a marquee quarterback. The Tiger Cats lured Timm Rosenbach the former Arizona Cardinal and Washington State standout out of retirement and back onto the gridiron. Rosenbach barely made labour day and after just 10 games was out of the league with the team struggling to a 2-8 record. It was a short stay for Rosenbach but a notable name to add to a long list of Tiger Cat pivots. Read more about Timm here...


One of the most popular and beloved players in Tiger Cat history is receiver Earl Winfield. Earl joined Hamilton in 1987 and was the teams most outstanding player 5 times and a division all-star on 4 occasions. He enjoyed his best season in 1995 with 1,496 yard receiving and 13 touchdowns. He retired after the 1996 season but returned for a brief stint in late '97 before retiring for good as the team leader in career receiving yards and touchdowns. read more about Earl here...


A hardnosed kid from Sault Ste. Marie with the ability to catch a football that was the basis for Rocky Dipietro to carve out a hall of fame career in the Canadian Football League. For Rocky Dipietro it was his determination that took him from senior football in Sault Ste. Marie to the University of Ottawa and then to the Canadian Football League. Dipietro played 14 seasons for the Hamilton Tiger Cats and is on the team's wall of honour. Read more about Rocky here...


Danny McManus retired prior to the 2007 season. Danny a colourful individual both on and off the field spent 16 seasons in the CFL. He won the Grey Cup 3 times in 6 appearances. Danny spent the majority of his career and left the biggest impression over his 8 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Joining Hamilton in 1998 along with coach Ron Lancaster and receiver Darren Flutie the Tiger Cats immediately became perennial threats in the Eastern division. 1999 was without a doubt Danny's finest year as a pro he passed for 5,334 yards, 28 touchdowns and was named the leagues Outstanding Player. In addition, to those regular season accomplishments he also led Hamilton to a Grey Cup victory over Calgary 32-21 and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the game.  Read more about Danny as a Ticat here...


Joe Montford was an unstoppable force in the CFL for 12 seasons. For the majority of his career it was as a Hamilton Tiger Cat that he terrorized opposing quarterbacks from his Rush End position. Following in a line of great Ti-Cat Defensive Lineman that contains Angelo Mosca and Grover Convingtion.  Montford captured 3 Most Outstanding Defensive Player Awards while compiling an incredible 135 sacks over his career. Read more about Joe here...


 

 

 

 

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