1999 Grey Cup champion to become Ticats 25th WOH inductee
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Alumni Association (HTCAA) announced Wednesday that Canadian Football Hall of Fame quarterback and 1999 Grey Cup champion, Danny McManus will be the 25th person inducted to the Wall of Honour at Tim Hortons Field on Friday, October 7 when the Tiger-Cats host the Saskatchewan Roughriders. McManus and his number 14 will join the 24 other distinguished Wall of Honour inductees on the facade on the west side of the stadium during a halftime ceremony.
“Danny Mac’s record-breaking ability and leadership skills on and off the field exemplified exactly what it means to be a Hamilton Tiger-Cat and member of the Hamilton community.” said Bob Young, Caretaker of the Tiger-Cats. “I’m thrilled Danny’s number 14 is going up on the wall to honour him along with the great Ticat teams of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.”
McManus played 141 games over his eight seasons (1998-2005) in black and gold, winning a Grey Cup with the team in 1999 and he currently holds the all-time franchise records in passing yards (33, 841), passing touchdowns (164), pass completions (2, 368) and pass attempts (4, 257). The native of Dania Beach, Florida also ranks second in franchise history in single season passing yards (5, 318) and third in single game passing yards (525).
Throughout his Tiger-Cats career, McManus was CFL’s Most Outstanding Player (1999), a CFL All-Star (1999) and a CFL East-All Star (1999) and was inducted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2011. He was also the recipient of the Tom Pate Memorial award (2005), for his outstanding work in the Hamilton community, headlined by his work with McMaster children’s hospital through the “Touchdown for Kids” initiative.
“Wow, when Mr. Young called and said that I had been elected to the Wall of Honour it was an awesome feeling to be a part of history for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and to be fortunate enough to be a part of the great names that are already on the Wall of Honour.” Said Danny McManus. “Football is the ultimate team game so I just want to take the opportunity to thank my teammates, Mr. Young, the Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni Association, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization, the football writers in Hamilton and of course the amazing Tiger-Cats fans.”
The Wall of Honour is the single largest acknowledgement of excellence the Tiger-Cats and the HTCAA can provide, and is based on a rigorous criteria collectively established by both parties. It symbolizes elite performance over a sustained period wearing the Black and Gold as evidenced by the legendary names honoured in the past. The winner is voted upon by a committee composed of members from the Club, HTCAA, local media and the team’s TigerTown Council.
Since 1998, 24 players and builders have been named to the Wall of Honour: Rocky DiPietro, Bernie Faloney, Ellison Kelly, Angelo Mosca, Tommy Joe Coffey, Garney Henley, John Barrow, Ben Zambiasi, Ralph Sazio, Grover Covington, Jake Gaudaur, Earl Winfield, Bill Danychuk, Joe Zuger, Less Browne, Don Sutherin, Vince Scott, Tommy Grant, Paul Osbaldiston, Pete Neumann, Bob Krouse, Willie Bethea, Joe Montford and Rob Hitchcock.