October 27, 2012 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Hamilton, Ontario - Prior to kicking off the final regular season game at Ivor Wynne Stadium, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats introduced the All-Time Tiger-Cats Team presented by AM900 CHML.
The All-Time Tiger-Cats Team was selected as part of the celebrations surrounding the Final Season of Ivor Wynne Stadium presented by Tim Hortons. The team includes 12 players on offence, 12 on defence, three on special teams and one head coach.
The team was chosen by fans, who cast over 250,000 votes online from June 26 to October 5. Nominees were determined by a selection committee comprised of alumni, media, fans and other CFL personalities. Players who suited up for at least two seasons with the Ticats from 1950-2012 were eligible for nomination.
The All-Time Tiger-Cats team features 14 Canadian Football Hall of Famers and 15 members of the Ticats Wall of Honour.
As chosen by the fans, the All-Time Tiger-Cats team consists of the following players (listed by position, alphabetically):
DEFENSIVE BACKS (5): Paul Bennett (1984-87), Less Browne (1984-88), Garney Henley (1960-75), Rob Hitchcock (1995-2006) and Don Sutherin (1958, 1960-66)
LINEBACKERS (3): Markeith Knowlton (2008-12), Bob Krouse (1963-75) and Ben Zambiasi (1978-87)
DEFENSIVE TACKLES (2) : John Barrow (1957-70) and Angelo Mosca (1958-59, 1962-72)
DEFENSIVE ENDS (2) : Grover Covington (1981-91) and Joe Montford (1986-2001, 2003-04)
CENTRE (1): Marwan Hage (2004-12)
GUARD (2): Bill Danychuk (1965-75) and Ellison Kelly (1960-70)
TACKLE (2): John Barrow (1957-70) and Dave Hack (1996, 1998-2005)
RECEIVERS (4): Rocky DiPietro (1978-91), Darren Flutie (1998-02), Garney Henley (1960-75) and Earl Winfield (1987-97)
RUNNING BACKS (2): Willie Bethea (1963-1970) and Troy Davis (2001-05)
QUARTERBACK (1): Danny McManus (1998-2005)
KICKER (1): Paul Osbaldiston (1986-2003)
PUNTER (1): Paul Osbaldiston (1986-2003)
KICK RETURNER (1): Earl Winfield (1987-97)
HEAD COACH (1): Ralph Sazio (1963-67)
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ALL-TIME TIGER-CATS:
Paul Bennett spent four years during his Hall of Fame career with the Ticats, earning recognition as a CFL All-Star, East Division All-Star, the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player and the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Less Browne spent five years in Hamilton, earning CFL and East Division All-Star nods twice. The Hall of Famer made 33 interceptions during his time with the Ticats - the fifth highest total in team history. Browne was added to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Garney Henley 's 60 interceptions are the most in Tiger-Cats history. Throughout his 16 years as a Ticat, he was named a CFL and East All-Star eight times and was chosen as the team's Most Outstanding Player six times. Henley was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
Rob Hitchcock is the Ticats all-time leader in defensive tackles, having amassed 606 in his 12-year career. He is a three-time East Division All-Star, a two-time CFL All-Star, and was selected as the team's Most Outstanding Rookie, Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Defensive Player throughout his career. His 36 interceptions are the second-highest in team history.
Don Sutherin played eight years with the Black and Gold, registering the third-most interceptions in team history with 35. He was a four-time East All-Star, a three time CFL All-Star, and won a pair of Grey Cup championships. Sutherin was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
Markeith Knowlton is one of two current players to earn a spot on the All-Time team. He's spent five seasons with the Tiger-Cats, making two CFL All-Star teams and three East Division All-Star teams. He was named the league's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2010.Knowlton's 363 tackles rank as the fifth-highest total in Ticats history.
Bob Krouse joined the Tiger-Cats directly out of Hamilton's Central high school. He would go on to play 174 games over 13 seasons with the Black and Gold. Krouse was named as an East Division All-Star in 1967 and was a part of four Grey Cup teams.
Arguably the most decorated linebacker in Ticats history, Ben Zambiasi played 142 games over ten seasons in Hamilton. During his days as a Tiger-Cat, Zambiasi was recognized as a six-time CFL All-Star, eight-time East Division All-Star and was named the team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player five times. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
John Barrow was a staple along the defensive line from 1957-1970. He was selected as an East Division All-Star an incredible 12 times and nominated as the team's Most Outstanding Lineman nine times, winning the award in the East Division five times. Barrow was a key member of the Ticats ferocious defence that propelled the team to eight Grey Cup appearances and four championships during his career. He was added to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1976.
Angelo Mosca is one of the most recognizable figures in Ticats history and will go down as one of the most feared defensive linemen in CFL history. Mosca played in eight Grey Cups for Hamilton, winning four times. Mosca was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 1987 after a Tiger-Cats career that spanned 168 games.
Grover Covington played in Hamilton for 11 years, was named an East Division All-Star seven times, a CFL All-Star four times and the league's Outstanding Defensive Player in 1988. His 157 career sacks in the Black and Gold are the most in CFL history, and he still holds the record for sacks in a Grey Cup game after his incredible performance during the 1986 championship. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Joe Montford spent eight years with the Tiger-Cats during two stints in Hamilton, earning four CFL and East Division All-Star nods. His 95 career sacks are the second-most in team history and include his record-setting 1999 season, where he racked up a team-record 26. Montford was named the CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player three times in his career, and was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2011.
Playing both ways, John Barrow was a nine-time nominee as the Tiger-Cats Most Outstanding Lineman. He was also selected as the team's Most Outstanding Player in 1960.
Dave Hack was a five-team East Division All-Star and was selected as the team's Most Outstanding Lineman six times during his nine seasons as a Tiger-Cat.
Bill Danychuk played 145 games over 11 seasons with the Ticats and was recognized as an East All-Star five times and an All-Canadian on two occasions. He was named the team's Most Outstanding Canadian four times and Most Outstanding Lineman in 1971.
Ellison Kelly helped the Tiger-Cats reach six Grey Cup finals and won three rings during his 11-year stint in Black and Gold. A former East Division All-Star and All-Canadian, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
Marwan Hage was named the East Division's Most Outstanding Lineman in 2010. He has spent the last eight seasons with the Ticats and has been recognized as the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman four times and Most Outstanding Canadian once.
Rocky DiPietro played 14 seasons with the Tiger-Cats, suiting up in 204 games. He caught 706 passes for 9,761 yards (second-most in team history) and 45 touchdowns. DiPietro was named Hamilton's Most Outstanding Canadian seven times, the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian twice, an Eastern All-Star four times and a CFL All-Star twice. He was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1997.
Darren Flutie was a two-time CFL All-Star during his five years in Hamilton and was a key member of the 1999 Grey Cup championship squad. In 86 games with the Ticats, Flutie posted 5,796 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. His 98 receptions in 1998 still stand as a team record. He He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
Garney Henley competed in seven Grey Cups and earned four rings over the course of his illustrious 16-year career. Henley was selected as the Tiger-Cats Most Outstanding Player six times, winning the Schenley Award in 1972. He registered 4,637 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns during his time in Black and Gold.
Earl Winfield is the Ticats all-time leading receiver, having amassed 10,119 yards and 75 touchdowns on 573 receptions during his 11 seasons in Hamilton. 'The Pearl' was a four-time East Division All-Star, a two-time CFL All-Star and was nominated as the Ticats Most Outstanding Player five times. Winfield was also selected as the All-Time Team's kick returner.
Willie Bethea played 90 games in Black and Gold over eight years, recording 3,919 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. He played in four Grey Cup finals, helping bring titles to Hamilton in 1963, 1965 and 1967.
Troy Davis has the most carries (1,053) and rushing yards (5,296) in Ticats history in addition to his 30 rushing touchdowns. Davis' incredible 233-yard performance on Labour Day in 2004 is the team's top single-game rushing total.
Danny McManus re-wrote the Tiger-Cats record book after arriving in Hamilton in 1998. He's the Ticats leader for passing yards (33,841), career touchdown passes (164), career pass completions (2,368) and single season passing yards (5,334). In 1999, he enjoyed his finest season in Black and Gold, earning the CFL Most Outstanding Player award, was named both a CFL and East Division All-Star and was named Most Valuable Player in the team's 1999 Grey Cup victory. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Paul Osbaldiston was voted as the top kicker and punter in franchise history. In his 18 seasons, 'Ozzie' established himself as one of the most reliable kickers in CFL history, finishing his career with over 20 Tiger-Cats kicking and punting records, including most points (2,856), most field goals (655) and most punting yards (88,542).
In addition to earning a spot on the All-Time Team as receiver, Earl Winfield was also selected as kick returner. Winfield averaged 10.1 yards per punt return and 22 yards per kickoff return throughout his 11-year career and holds the team record with 11 touchdowns on punt returns.
Ralph Sazio served as head coach of the Tiger-Cats for five seasons, leading the Black and Gold to four Grey Cups and three championships. He guided the Ticats to a record of 60-24-1 from 1963 to 1967 and won the Annis Stuckus Trophy as the league's top coach in 1964.