Firstly - Congrats to Frank Cosentino for getting inducted into the CFHoF
I am well past disappointment now, I am just angry!
The guy is now 78 years old and another year goes by that he is not recognized.
Snubbed is exactly what this is. >:(
Zuger was an integral part of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the CFL from 1962 to 1993 both as a player and as an executive. He demonstrated leadership and professionalism on and off the field. His football successes are numerous and it is felt by many that he should be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in either the veterans category or the builders category, possibly even both.
Zuger played 10 seasons in the CFL, playing in five Grey Cup games and winning three. He was the MVP of the 1967 Centennial Year Grey Cup Game. He still holds the professional football record of throwing eight touchdown passes in a single game. He played offence, defence and special teams. From 1964 to 1971 he led the CFL in total kicking yardage including leading the CFL in kicking average on four separate occasions. He is recognized as one of the greatest CFL kickers of all time with an average 45.5 yards per kick. Ralph Sazio publicly stated that it was Zuger’s kicking that was instrumental in winning the 1965 Grey Cup Wind Bowl game. As a quarterback and team leader he threw for 12,676 passing yards, over 800 completions and 76 touchdown passes including a 108 yard TD pass.
A rumour exists that he has not been inducted because he was never a division or CFL all-star, however this should not be an issue because Zuger regularly beat these CFL all-stars. Also, during Zuger’s era the special teams all-stars categories did not exist as they do today, but if they had, then Zuger would have most definitely been selected numerous times. His achievements during his very successful and outstanding playing career most definitely qualifies him an induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame under the veterans’ category
When Zuger’s playing days were over he got involved in the management area of football for the next 21 years. In 1972 he became a scout for the Ticats and Hamilton won the Grey Cup that year. In 1979 he became an assistant coach and in 1980 the director of player personnel for the team. In 1981 he was promoted to the general manager’s position, which he held until his retirement from football in 1992. During his tenure as the general manager he was instrumental in assembling Tiger-Cat teams that won four Eastern Division Championships and ultimately won the 1986 Grey Cup Game over a heavily favoured Edmonton Eskimo team. What made this even more impressive is that he accomplished this when the Toronto Argonauts were predicted to dominate the east division by numerous media and CFL football experts.
Zuger managed the Hamilton franchise during some very tenuous financial times yet he capably dealt with the players’ contracts accordingly and maintained the football personnel necessary to make the Hamilton organization one of the most successful during his tenure. His low-key yet professional demeanour drew the respect from his players, coaches and opposing colleges. His stature as a successful executive, coach and one of the most successful general managers in not only Hamilton but the CFL qualifies him for an induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame under the builder’s category.