Hamilton Tiger Cats                                                 

 

                      

                           Tony Champion gets some separation

                                 in 1980's Ti-Cat football

 

 

 

 

 

      

-- team --

 

Toronto

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Montreal

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Hamilton

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Ottawa

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Winnipeg

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Saskatchewan

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British Columbia

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Edmonton

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Calgary

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U.S. Expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- contents --

 

Grey Cup

 

 

 

 

Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magazine View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1960's

1970's

1980's

1990's

2000's

 

-- photo link --

 

Barrow

Cosentino

Zuger

Fleming

Coffey

Brenner

Jones

Edwards

Pettersen

Clements

Brock

Browne

Osbaldiston

Kerrigan

Dillon

Zatylny

Evraire

McPherson

Cofield

Rosenbach

Hitchcock

Morreale

Williams

Davis

Lumsden

-- timeline --

 

Bernie Faloney - Maryland - 1957-64 - Quarterback

John Barrow - University of Florida - 1957-70 - Offensive/Defensive Tackle

 

Angelo Mosca #68

Notre Dame - 1958-59, 62-72 - Defensive Line

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. Angelo has made Hamilton his home and the rugged nature of Steeltown suits his personality perfectly.

 

Garney Henley #26

University of South Dakota - 1960-75 - Defensive Back/Flanker

Arguably the most versatile athlete in Canadian Football History. Garney Henley was a tremendous athlete and a once-in-a-lifetime football player. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the native of South Dakota spent 16 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger Cats capturing 4 Grey Cups and a Most Outstanding Player Award in 1972. A true Gentleman and a Tiger and CFL legend for the Steeltown faithful.

 

Frank Cosentino - Western - 1960-66 - Quarterback

Joe Zuger - Arizona State - 1962-71 - Quarterback/Punter

Dave Fleming - Pittsburgh - 1965-74 - Running Back

Tommy Joe Coffey - West Texas University - 1967-72 - Wide Receiver/Kicker

Al Brenner - Michigan State - 1971-74 - Defensive Back

 

Chuck Ealey #16

Toledo - 1972-74 - Quarterback

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.

 

Jimmy Jones - USC - 1976-78 - Quarterback

Jimmy Edwards - Oklahoma - 1976-78 - Running Back

Rocky Dipietro #23

Ottawa - 1978-91 - Slotback

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.

 

Ben Zambiasi - University of Georgia - 1978-88 - Linebacker

Leif Pettersen - Otterbein College - 1978-81 - Receiver

Tom Clements - Notre Dame - 1979, 81-83 - Quarterback

Rufus Crawford - Virginia State - 1979-85 - Running Back

 

Grover Covington #77

 Johnson C. Smith - 1981-91 - Defensive Back

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

 

Dieter Brock - Jacksonville State - 1983-84 - Quarterback

Less Browne - Colorado State - 1984-88 - Defensive Back

Tony Champion - Tennessee Marthin - 1985-92 - Wide Receiver

Paul Osbaldiston - Simon Fraser - 1986-03 - Kicker

Mike Kerrigan - Northwestern - 1986-91, 95-96 - Quarterback

 

Earl Winfield #1

University of North Carolina - 1987-97 - Receiver

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.

 

Todd Dillon - Long Beach State - 1988-94 - Quarterback

Wally Zatylny - Bishops - 1988-92, 94 - Receiver

Ken Evraire - Wilfrid Laurier - 1990-94, 97 - Receiver

Don McPherson - Syracuse - 1991-93 - Quarterback

Tim Cofield - Elizabeth City State - 1991 - 94 - Defensive End

Timm Rosenbach - Washington State - 1994 - Quarterback

Rob Hitchcock - Weber State - 1995-2006 - Safety

 

Joe Montford #53

South Carolina State - 1996-01, 03-04 - Defensive End

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.

 

Mike Morreale - McMaster - 1997-01. 04-06 - Receiver

 

Archie Amerson #9

Northern Arizona - 1997-04 - Running Back

Archie Amerson signed with Hamilton in 1997 and immediately had an impact as a running back and catching the ball out of the backfield. In 1998, Amerson had over 700 yards rushing and over 700 yards receiving as the focal point of the Cats offence. Teaming with Ronald Williams; Amerson led a resurgence for the Tiger Cats franchise culminating in back to back Grey Cup appearances in 1998 and 1999.

 

Danny McManus #14

Florida State - 1998-05 - Quarterback

Danny spent 16 seasons in the CFL. He won the Grey Cup 3 times in 6 appearances. He 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. 

 

Ronald Williams - Clemson - 1998-01 - Running Back

Darren Flutie - Boston College - 1998-02 - Wide Receiver

Troy Davis - Iowa State - 2001-05 - Running Back

Jesse Lumsden - McMaster - 2005-08 - Running Back

 

Chris Williams #80

New Mexico State - 2011-12 - Receiver/Returner

In just 2 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Chris Williams established himself as the most exciting player in Canadian football. At a slight 5'9" 155 lbs with blazing speed he electrified the return game for Hamilton in addition to bringing top notch skills as a receiver. After capturing the leagues Most Outstanding Rookie award in 2011 he was named the Special Teams player of the year in 2012 with an incredible 5 punt return touchdowns. After a contract dispute and court battle to escape his club option Williams was set free to pursue his NFL dream.

 

 

-- features --

 

1967

 

1972

 

1999

 

'Ralph'

 

Al Bruno

 

Ballard & Clements

 

 Ivor Wynne

 


-- highlights --

 

Bernie Faloney joined the Tiger Cats in 1957 after 2 years with the U.S. Air Force. The Maryland product would go on to have the greatest career of any quarterback in Tiger Cat history. He led Hamilton to 7 Grey Cups winning in 1957, and '63. He also captured Most Outstanding Player honours in 1961. An terrific athlete and an amazing citizen he was inexplicably traded to Montreal in 1965.

 

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 Ben Zambiasiwas 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 


-- grey cup --

 

1985

 

1989

 


-- stadium attendance --

 

Ivor Wynne Stadium

Capacity (28,830)

High Season: 32,091 (1972)

Low Season: 13,834 (1990)

2013 Avg: 13,298*

* - played at Guelph Alumni Stadium

 

 


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