Two former Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been selected as members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame’s Induction Class of 2013. Offensive lineman Miles Gorrell and receiver Earl Winfield will be enshrined later this year.
Gorrell spent eight of his 19 CFL seasons in Hamilton, suiting up in 126 games. During his career with the Ticats, he was named the team’s Most Outstanding Lineman four times and the East’s top lineman in 1985 and 1988. He was also named an East All-Star four times throughout his career.
Gorrell also played for the Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa Rough Riders, Montreal Concordes, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Winfield stands as the leading receiver in Ticats history after compiling 10,119 yards and 75 touchdowns on 573 receptions during his 11 seasons in Hamilton. ‘The Pearl’ spent his entire CFL career in Black and Gold, collecting four East Division and two CFL All-Star nods as well as five nominations as the team’s Most Outstanding Player along the way.
A remarkable kick returner as well, 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.
Last year, Winfield was voted by fans onto the Tiger-Cats All-Time Team as a receiver and kick returner. He was added to the team’s prestigious Wall of Honour in 2005.
Along with Gorrell and Winfield, this year's Hall of Fame class includes former players Dan Ferrone, Brian Fryer, as well as builders John (Jake) Ireland and Don Loney.
This year's Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place in Edmonton.