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Grover Covington bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Grover Covington

Playing Career

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1981 - 1991

Awards and Honours

All-Eastern Defensive End
1981, 1985 - 1990 (7)

All-Canadian Defensive End
1985, 1986, 1988, 1989 (4)

Grey Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award
1986 (1)

James P. McCaffrey trophy
1988 (1)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player
1988 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1984 - 1986, 1989 (4)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1986 (1)

Career Highlights

  • 1st on the Canadian Football League (CFL) most Quarterback sacks in a Grey Cup game with 5. This happened during the 1986 Grey Cup game (as of 2015).

  • 1st on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Most Sacks with a career list with 157 (as of 2015).

  • 2nd on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Most Sacks in a season with 25 (as of 2014).

Grover Covington's CFL career began in 1981 when a pre-season trade with the Montreal Alouettes brought him to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he played for his entire career.

Throughout his 11-year career, Covington always gave back to the community at every chance he got. In 1985, Covington was the first winner of the Charlotte Simmons Humanitarian Award which was for a Tiger-Cat player who contributed the most to the community.

Among Covington's many career highlights as a Defensive End, he was the CFL sack leader in 1988 with 25. Also during the 1988 season, Covington won the Gord Barwell Award. This award is for a player ho exhibits exemplary Christian conduct and leadership both on and off of the field.

At the time of his retirement in 1991, Covington was the CFL All-Time Quarterback sack leader with 157 sacks to his credit.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2000 as a player.

Class of 2000

Danny BassHugh CampbellGrover CovingtonJames MurphyDave Raimey

Football Reporters of Canada

Peter Martin

Covington, Grover
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