Dunigan's Green and Gold

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

Unlike the Cooperstown tradition in baseball, players entering the Canadian Football Hall of Fame don't wear a jersey during the induction ceremony.

But if that tradition existed at the Hall in Hamilton, Matt Dunigan would likely wear an Eskimo crest on his chest this summer.

"I would probably say Edmonton (would be) on the front of the jersey and Winnipeg on the back," said Dunigan, who's part of the 2006 class.

During his 14-year career, he played for six teams, including the defunct Birmingham Barracudas.

But his five-year stint (1983-87) in Edmonton at the beginning of his career marked his longest stay in one city and provided some key lessons.

"I learned what it took to be a CFL player and how to win," he explained.

The Ohio native was asked to fill huge shoes with the Green and Gold as he replaced Warren Moon.

"Matt was very smart and physical," former head coach Jackie Parker said yesterday from California. "He was one of the better quarterbacks I was ever associated with."

And he was tough as nails.

"He was like a linebacker," quipped Parker.

The Esks reached the Grey Cup twice with Dunigan before he was dealt to the Lions in a six for one player deal.

When he retired in 1996, he was second on the all-time CFL passing list with 43,857 yards.


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