Tiger-Cats All-Time Team: Offensive Line
Voting for the All-Time Tiger-Cats presented by CHML AM 900 continues with the offensive line this week. Fans are tasked with selecting the two tackles, two guards and one centre to be included as members of the All-Time Tiger-Cats team. Visit the All-Time Tiger-Cats site to register your vote after browsing the nominees at each position…
John Barrow played multiple positions for the Tiger-Cats throughout his 14 seasons in Hamilton, including four seasons at offensive tackle. During that time he was named an East Division All-Star four times and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 1959. Like Ellison Kelly, Barrow is another player to be nominated at multiple positions for the All-Time Team.
Fulton played 39 games over three seasons in Hamilton, being named an East Division All-Star twice. He was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1982.
After joinging the team at the end of the 1985 season, Gorrell went on to spend eight seasons with the Tiger-Cats, playing in 126 games in two stints with the team. During his career in Black and Gold, Gorrell was nominated as the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman four times, becoming a finalist for the award twice.
Hack played 138 games over nine seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and was named an East-Division All-Star for five of those. He was also nominated by the team as Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman six times during his career in Black and Gold.
Kelly played Tackle for the Tiger-Cats during the latter part of his career and was named an East Division All-Star three times and a CFL All-Star twice at that position.
Bronko Nagurski Jr.
Nagurski played 102 games over the eight seasons that he spent playing in Hamilton. During his career in Black and Gold he was named an East Division All-Star three times and a CFL All-Star twice.
Bevan actually played during both the pre and post-merger era’s in Hamilton, joining the Tigers in 1945 and playing until 1959. As was the case for many players during that time, he played both offence and defence but was named an East Division All-Star at guard twice during his time in Black and Gold.
Butler may have only played four seasons in Hamilton, but during that time he was one of the most dominant linemen in the league. Incredibly enough, he was not only named an East Division All-Star in each of his four seasons with the Ticats, but he
was also their Most Outstanding Lineman nominee in each of those seasons.
Chalupka’s career n Hamilton spanned 100 games over seven seasons with the Tiger-Cats, from 1970-76. He was named an East-Division All-Star three times over that span and was nominated two times as the team Most Outstanding Lineman (The award was split into offensive and defensive categories in 1974) and two times as the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman.
Danychuk joined the Ticats during one of their most dominant eras in 1965, and helped add to an already stacked offensive line. He would go on to play 145 games over 11 seasons in Black and Gold, was named a CFL All-Star two times, an East Division All-Star five times and was nominated four seasons in a row as the team’s Most Outstanding Canadian.
Ellison Kelly played 147 games over 11 seasons with the Ticats, and is one of the only players nominated for two positions on the All-Time Team, excelling at the Tackle and Guard position along the offensive line. As a guard, he was named an East Division All-Star four times and a CFL All-Star once. Kelly was inducted into the CFL Hall Of Fame in 1992.
To this day Scott is one of the most decorated players in CFL history, making an incredible 10 East Division All-Star teams, nine of them after the merger that formed the Tiger-Cats. He sits tied for fifth all-time in CFL Divisional All-Star selections.
Riley played 152 games during his ten seasons with the Tiger-Cats. He was named a CFL All-Star once and an East Division All-Star four times over his career in Hamilton.
Coulter played 107 games for the Tiger-Cats during two separate stints in Hamilton. He was named a CFL and East Division All-Star once and twice respectively, and was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman after his first season with the team in 1998.
Hage was drafted by the Ticats in 2004, and is the starting centre to this day. He has already been named an East Division All-Star twice and nominated by the team as Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman four times, including 2010 when he was a finalist for that award.
Sanderson was a fixture at centre for 174 games over his 13-season Tiger-Cat career. He was named an East Division All-Star in 1989 and was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman twice in his career.
Waszczuk played for the Tiger-Cats from 1975-84, playing in 156 games over that span. He was named an East Division All-Star four times and nominated as the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman three times during his career in Black and Gold.
From 1952, Miksza played in a whopping 181 games for the Tiger-Cats during two stints with the team. Over 15 seasons in Hamilton, Miksza was named a CFL and East Division All-Star once, in 1964.