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Sutherin honored in Hamilton

November 22, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

HAMILTON, Ontario - Don Sutherin, a 1954 Toronto High School graduate, was recently selected as one of the all-time players for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Sutherin played eight years with the Black and Gold, registering the third-most interceptions in team history with 35. He was a four-time East All-Star, a three time CFL All-Star, and won a pair of Grey Cup championships. Sutherin was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

The team was chosen by fans, who cast over 250,000 votes online from June 26 to Oct. 5. Nominees were determined by a selection committee comprised of alumni, media, fans and other CFL personalities. Players who suited up for at least two seasons with the Ticats from 1950-2012 were eligible for nomination.

Sutherin earned a football scholarship to Ohio State University and lettered all three varsity seasons on two Big Ten Conference title teams. As a senior, on a 9-1 record team, he kicked the winning 34-yard-field which decided a 10-7 Rose Bowl victory over Oregon.

Drafted in the eighth round by the New York Giants, he started a 13-year pro career as a defensive back-placekicker. He played two seasons in the NFL with the Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers and played 11 years in the Canadian Football League with Hamilton, Ottawa and Toronto.

A perennial CFL All-Star, he played in eight Grey Cup title games in 10 years and was on four championship teams. When he retired, he was the all-time scoring leader in the CFL and held 18 CFL records. He also served as a CFL scout and assistant coach from 1981-91.

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