British Columbia Lions

Jerry Tagge - Quarterback - 1977-79 - Nebraska

 

Jerry Tagge joined B.C. in 1977 after spending 1975 with San Antonio of the World Football League. Tagge had led Nebraska to a National Championship in 1970 and '71 under coach Tom Devaney. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 1972 draft. He spent three seasons with Green Bay leaving the team in 1974.

 

In 1977 with the Lions Tagge and the team were dubbed the "Cardiac Kids" under new head coach Vic Rapp. The team roared to a 10-2 record, winning four games in the last minute of play, then fell to 10-6. In the playoffs, the Lions defeated Winnipeg 33-22 for their first post-season victory since the 1964 Grey Cup. B.C. moved on to the Western Final with high hopes but were crushed by the eventual Grey Cup Champs the Edmonton Eskimos 40-1. Tagge was named the Western Division Most Outstanding Player, the first Lion to capture the trophy since Tom Brown in 1964.

 

The Lions struggled in 1978 as Tagge was unable to re-create the magic of his first season on the west coast. The club finished at 7-7-2 and missed the playoffs. Tagge returned to B.C. in 1979 but was injured in the second half of the season and the starting quarterback duties fell to rookie Joe Paopao. The injury would end his playing career but fans still remember the last second heroics of Jerry Tagge and the "Cardiac Kids" in the summer of 1977.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-- statistics --

 

 

Jerry Tagge         Nebraska
    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1977 BC 405 232 2,787 57.3 14 13 76
1978 BC 430 243 3,134 56.5 13 20 77
1979 BC 154 89 1,131 57.8 5 5 44
Total 3 989 564 7,052 57.0 32 38 77

 

  Rushing    
Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
BC 46 48 1.0 12 1
BC 34 1 0.0 0 0
BC 11 38 3.5 10 0
3 91 87 1.0 12 1

 

-- NFL --

 

 

    Passing        
Yr Team Att Cmp Yds Pct. TD Int Lg
1972 GB 29 10 154 34.5 0 0 31
1973 GB 106 56 720 52.8 2 7 50
1974 GB 146 70 709 47.9 1 10 30
Total 3 281 136 1,583 48.4 3 17 50

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1972 GB 8 -3 -0.4 2 1
1973 GB 15 62 4.1 41 2
1974 GB 18 58 3.2 12 0
Total 3 41 117 2.9 41 3