Technically, he was a Split End as he lined up on scrimmage but opposite the Tight End and a bit apart from the main mass on the line (good position for a dual purpose player). Sometimes he DID play in tight and other times lined up wider out.
In the day, in Hamilton, I remember him being referred to as both but you’re right- he really was a Split End. (But hey, he’s my favourite player and I have a signed jersey of his so Im putting him on my list. Maybe we need a list of best Split Ends too.)
Today we would just lump Split Ends in with Wide Receivers as the style of play has changed.
Split End, now that's a term I haven't heard or seen in years. Another topic for interesting discussion would be the best Place Kickers by postion. Coffey would have to be at or near the top for receivers.
Ah yes, back in the day when all teams had a tight end on one end of the line, at the other end the guy lining up on the line of scrimmage but away from the line was called the Split End. . . and the other receiver on the same side as the tight end would line up wide but a yard or so behind the line, and he was called a Flanker. So yesterday's Split End and Flanker are now lumped together as Wide Receivers (and are both on the line of scrimmage since there isn't a tight end).
Loved Tommy Joe…great split end and a good place kicker (the term of the day) and even played DB on occasion. I last saw him in a coffee bar in Vancouver selling insurance about 15 yrs ago. Is he still around?
At one time he had the CFL record for most receptions in a season which was broken by Hugh Campbell in the last game of the season. Coffey was inserted in the defensive backfield to defend him on the record breaking catch.
Got his signature on a jersey 3 years ago at Ivor Wynne when they were celebrating some 60's teams.
At one time I believe that he also had the all-time pro receiving record. That would have been back in 1971? I remember that because I was a copyboy working for the Hamilton Spectator and I tried to write a magazine article about it. Then some NFL player took it back. The reign at the top was quite brief.
Can anybody confirm who had the all-time record in catches in 1970? Coffey had 650 or so.