Loved Mark … in his 8 year career he was twice a CFL all-star and once a Schenley runner-up for best lineman … on 4 Grey Cup winners … worthy of consideration … don’t know how that stacks up against other HoFers.
Cutler (16 years) and Ridgeway (14 years) were primarily placekicker and are in the Hall … Passaglia is the other “kicker” in the HoF (Many “position players” in HoF also kicked) … Lui is unique as he had a 25 year career doing both jobs … Organ had a 13 year career … seems the HoF voters are tough on kickers … not surprising as despite their impact on the game many don’t see them as REAL football players … issue may be “who else” gets in if they select Organ.
CFL and pro league record most TD’s thrown in a single game on both sides of the border . Which just happened to be the first game he ever played …8 TD passes total (a record that has stood since 1962 , 57 yrs and likely never to be broken ) It has been called without question , the most outstanding debut ever seen in professional football on both sides of the border in any league .
5 appearances in Grey Cup games in his 10 yr playing career (62,63,64,65,67 ) . Winning 3 of them (63,65,67) . Playing 3 different positions total in those games ( db/qb/p)
was named the 1967 Grey Cup MVP .
CFL record 45.5 yd punting avg over his 10 yr career . Averaged over 48 yds per punt in a season 3 times in his career .
Ti-Cats General Manager from 1981-1992 .
Zuger’s teams made the play-offs for 9 consecutive years (81-89)
Zuger GMed his team to the Grey Cup 4 times in total including 3 yrs in a row (84-85-86) . He won his 4th Grey Cup in his career to go along with his 3 as a player as the GM of the Cats in 1986 when his heavily rated underdog team defeated the favoured Eskimos 39-15 .
Was also GM of the Cats in what many consider to be one of the greatest Grey Cup games ever played when the Cats lost a heart breaker to Saskatchewan 43-40 three years later in 1989 .
So all told including his playing career and post career as the teams GM , Zuger’s spent a total of 22 seasons in the CFL .
10 yr playing career , all with the same team (62-71)
12 years General Manager , all with the same team (81-92)
9 total Grey Cup appearances in that time combined .
5 as a player (62,63,64,65,67)
4 as team GM (84,85,86,89)
Was a member of 4 Grey Cup champion teams
3 as a player (63,65,67)
1 as team GM (86)
I rest my case !!! Joe deserves to be in the HOF and it’s a travesty that he’s been snubbed all these years .
IMO Zuger’s candidacy as a player is marginal at best. One truly amazing game at QB, lots of versatility and good punting for a decade isn’t gonna do it, I don’t think. But when you add his years and success as a GM, a good case can be made for him in the builder category.