Hamilton Tiger Cats

Mike Kerrigan - Quarterback - 1986-96 - Northwestern

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Mike Kerrigan a native of Chicago Illinois was an un-drafted rookie out of Northwestern when he cracked the roster of the 1983 New England Patriots as a 3rd string quarterback. Kerrigan would see limited action with New England from 1983 to ‘85 backing up starters Steve Grogan and Tony Eason.

 

The strong-armed Kerrigan joined the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 1986 and in that first season he led Hamilton to the Grey Cup and a decisive win over the Edmonton Eskimos 39-15. Coming in as 12 point underdogs, Hamilton dominated the Eskimos for the franchises first victory over Edmonton since 1977. Kerrigan was named the games most valuable player in bringing ‘Steeltown’ its first championship since 1972. Kerrigan threw for 304 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the upset.

 

Kerrigan continued to post strong passing totals with Hamilton in 1988 he threw for 2,764 yads on a 55% completions percentage and 16 touchdowns in 13 games.

 

The Kerrigan led Ti-Cats would return to the Grey Cup in 1989 to face Saskatchewan. In what is regarded as the greatest game in CFL history Kerrigan matched his counterpart Kent Austin point for point until the final seconds as the Roughriders would squeak out a 43-40 victory. Kerrigan would throw for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns in the losing effort.

 

After two more seasons in Hamilton, Kerrigan would move down the QEW and join the rival Toronto Argonauts in 1992 to back-up starter Ricky Foggie. Kerrigan would again serve as back-up in 1993 to Tracy Ham. In 1994, Kerrigan was named the Argonauts starting quarterback. The pivot had the team performing well before injuries sidelined his season and newcomer Marvin Graves replaced him.

 

Kerrigan would not start the 1995 season with a club and it seemed as though his career would be over, however injuries in Hamilton

first to Matt Dunigan and then Anthony Calvillo led to a call to Kerrigan for a veteran presence. Kerrigan would take over from Canadian Larry Jusdanis and lead Hamilton to a playoff spot. Hamilton would be defeated by Montreal in the Eastern Semi-final at Olympic Stadium.

 

1996 would be Kerrigan’s final season in the CFL. he retired as the leading passer in Tiger-Cats history since surpassed by Danny McManus. A great leader in 2 significant Grey Cups for Hamilton, Mike Kerrigan had a succesful career as a Ti-cat.

-- statistics --

 

 

Mike Kerrigan       Northwestern
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1986 Ham 424 242 3,193 57.1 16 19 75
1987 Ham 196 103 1,339 52.6 5 15 75
1988 Ham 342 188 2,764 55.0 16 14 75
1989 Ham 486 248 3,635 51.0 20 28 67
1990 Ham 479 249 3,655 52.0 22 32 75
1991 Ham 311 155 2,242 49.8 13 19 77
1992 Tor 59 31 406 52.5 3 5 43
1993 Tor 153 86 1,323 56.2 9 5 72
1994 Tor 265 143 2,224 54.0 17 14 69
1995 Ham 50 32 308 64.0 2 6 30
1996 Ham 105 57 625 54.3 3 6 53
Total 11 2870 1534 21,714 53.4 126 163 77

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1986 Ham 25 81 3.2 16 0
1987 Ham 9 22 2.4 6 0
1988 Ham 20 59 3.0 12 1
1989 Ham 21 17 0.8 12 0
1990 Ham 24 37 1.5 13 1
1991 Ham 16 28 1.8 5 1
1992 Tor 2 4 2.0 2 1
1993 Tor 4 11 2.8 4 0
1994 Tor 8 29 3.6 11 1
1995 Ham 2 3 1.5 3 0
1996 Ham 4 14 3.5 7 0
Total 11 135 305 2.3 16 5