Elected as a Player, January 26, 2006
For 194 regular-season games through 14 CFL
seasons, quarterback Matt Dunigan was considered a
linebacker who happened to play quarterback. Born Dec. 6, 1960, in
That off-season, Dunigan agreed with the Edmonton Eskimos to part ways, but prior to the split Dunigan made a bold move and retired from the Canadian Football League and chased another childhood dream, professional baseball. Dunigan attended an open tryout with the Montreal Expos and was one of two ball players selected to sign a contract. Although Dunigan was having the time of his life, the end came too soon. There was some unfinished business north of the border and it was back to the gridiron. Dunigan then became part of a six for one player deal that sent him to the B.C. Lions.
Dunigan’s impact was instantaneous. For the third time in three seasons, Dunigan would lead his to team to the championship game, but the Lions lost a heartbreaker 22-21 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
After being the League's passing leader (331-for-597 for 4,509 yards) in 1989 he was in another blockbuster six for one player trade that sent him to the Toronto Argonauts. During Dunigan’s first season with the Double Blue he helped guide the second most prolific scoring offense in the history of the Canadian Football League to 689 points or 38.3 points per contest. In fact Dunigan was quarterback for four of the top ten offences (points per game) in CFL history; no quarterback has done better. Dunigan led the Argonauts to the 1991 Grey Cup and despite a broken collarbone, threw two touchdown passes in a 36-21 victory over the Calgary Stampeders.
Dunigan became a free agent
in 1992 and joined
The expansion Birmingham Barracudas signed Dunigan as a free agent in 1995, where he set career
bests with 362 completions on 643 attempts for 4,911 yards and 34 touchdown
passes in only 14 games. Following
A five-time divisional All-Star (1985, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995) and three-time CFL All-Star (1985, 1988, and 1995), Dunigan was his team's nominee as outstanding player five times and was the runner-up to as the league's outstanding player in 1993. When he retired Dunigan was second in all-time passing statistics (3,057 completions in 5,476 attempts for 43,857 yards and 306 touchdown passes) and still holds the professional record for most passing yards in a game (713 on July 14, 1994, in Winnipeg's 50-35 victory over Edmonton). In 1984 Dunigan ran for 732 yards, which was then a record for quarterbacks. Over his career he rushed 850 times for 5,031 yards and 77 touchdowns. Dunigan also played 19 postseason games, completing 226 of 372 passes for 3,326 yards and 19 touchdowns.
An active member in every community where he
played, Dunigan was the Honorary Chairman for the
Canadian Diabetes Association, Crimestoppers, and
the Canadian Association for Community Living. He was also the spokesperson
for Big Brothers and involved with the Variety Club, Special Olympics, Easter
Seals, Uncles at Large,
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
* CFL All-Star Team (Quarterback) – 1985, 1988, 1995
* Division All-Star (Quarterback) – 1985, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995
* Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy (Eastern MVP) – 1993
* Tom Pate Memorial Award – 1989
* Winnipeg Football Club Hall Of Fame – 2003
* Grey Cup Participation – 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992
* Grey Cup Winning Teams – 1987, 1991
MATT DUNIGAN CAREER STATISTICS:
Text Source: www.cfl.ca
Updated and edited August 27, 2006.