Tiger-Cats Greats – Earl Winfield

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats Wide Receiver

Earl Winfield played for:
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1987 - 1997)
 
Earl Winfield

Earl Winfield was undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever wear the Hamilton Tiger-Cats uniform. Not only a top flight CFL receiver of his era, he was also among the CFL's top game breakers on special teams with his electrifying kick return abilities.

Date of birth: August 6, 1961
Place of birth: Petersburg, Virginia

Jersey Number: 1
Position: Wide Receiver (WR)
CFL status: Import
College: North Carolina

Earl Winfield Professional Football Timeline

PRO:

  • Attended his first training camp with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL in 1986.
  • First joined the Tiger-Cats as a free agent in Feburary, 1987.
  • In 1987 the Tiger-Cats finished the season 3th in the Eastern Division with a 7-11 record.
  • September 5th, 1988 - Winfield became the first player in CFL history to score a touchdown three different ways in one game. Earl Winfield collected three TDs and 400 total yards as the Tiger-Cats rolled. Winfield had a 101-yard punt return touchdown, a 100-yard Kickoff return for a touchdown, and a pass reception for a touchdown. (Hamilton 56, Toronto 28)
  • September 18th, 1988 - The Ticats enjoyed a 20-3 first-quarter lead before the Rough Riders surged to a 25-25 tie with less than five minutes to go. Earl Winfield then had a 45-yard punt return for his third TD of the game. (Hamilton 35, Ottawa 25)
  • October 21st, 1988 - Injured WR Earl Winfield came off the bench to catch a 12-yard TD early in the fourth that lifted the Tiger-Cats. QB Tom Porras moved the Ticats 51 yards in seven plays. (Hamilton 24, Saskatchewan 21)
  • Earl Winfield tied Steve Stapler’s record for most touchdowns in one season with 13 (which Tony Champion broke a year later).
  • Winner of the 1988 Jeff Russell Memorial Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player in the Eastern Division.
  • Was the 1988 runner-up as Schenley's Most Outstanding Player in the CFL
  • Earned All-Canadian All-Star honours in 1988 at the specialty teams positions
  • Tiger-Cats finished the season 3th in the Eastern Division with a 9-9 record.
  • Played out his option year in 1988, attended the San Fransisco 49ers' 1989 training camp and returned to Hamilton following his release.
  • Appeared in 9 regular season games with the Tiger-Cats.
  • Tiger-Cats finished the season 1st in the Eastern Division with a 12-6 record.
  • Winfield played in the 77th Grey Cup game in 1989, the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 43-40.
  • The Roughriders added a touchdown in the final minute of the second half when Austin hit Donald Narcisse on a five-yard pass. Narcisse beat Hamilton receiver Earl Winfield on the play, who was subbing for an injured Lance Shields. The Ticats led 27-22 in the half.
  • October 14th, 1990 - Hamilton WR Earl Winfield caught a deflected pass from Mike Kerrigan with eight seconds to go in regulation to give the Tiger-Cats a two-point lead for the last Eastern playoff berth. (Hamilton 37, Ottawa 33)
  • Selected an All-Eastern All-Star in 1990.
  • Tiger-Cats finished the season 4th in the Eastern Division with a 6-11 record.
  • Tiger-Cats finished the season 4th in the Eastern Division with a 3-15 record.
  • Has 11 career punt return majors, 2nd in the CFL all-time behind Henry Williams of the Eskimos.
  • Participated in 12 games in 1992.
  • Led the Tiger-Cats in 1992 with 9 touchdowns.
  • July 30th, 1992 - Damon Allen passed for three touchdowns to Earl Winfield to lead the Ticats. It marked the first time in 10 years that the Ticats have drawn over 20,000 in consecutive home games. (Hamilton 38, Saskatchewan 24)
  • Tiger-Cats finished the season 2nd in the Eastern Division with a 11-7 record.
  • Was chosen as Hamilton's Most Outstanding Player in 1993.
  • September 17, 1993 - Earl Winfield had three TDs, including a record-tying two punt returns in a game (64 and 46 yards), the record was originally Edmonton's Henry "Gismo" Williams in 1987 and 1991 (Hamilton 34, Edmonton 10)
  • Tiger-Cats finished the season 2nd in the Eastern Division with a 6-12 record.
  • July 28th, 1994 - Earl Winfield scored a club-record 57th TD in his Hamilton career. (Ottawa 53, Hamilton 25)
  • August 5th, 1994 - QB Timm Rosenbach threw two TD passes and ran for another as Hamilton won the battle of East Division cellar dwellers. Earl Winfield caught both of Rosenbach's scoring tosses. (Hamilton 38, Shreveport 15)
  • Tiger-Cats finished the season 5th in the Eastern Division with a 4-13 record.
  • Tiger-Cats finished the season 4th in the Northern Division with a 8-10 record.
  • July 4th, 1996 - Matt Dunigan threw a six-yard TD pass to Earl Winfield. (Hamilton 38, Toronto 36 )
  • August 2nd, 1996 - Anthony Calvillo's 49-yard completion to Earl Winfield put Hamilton at the B.C. six as time ran out. (B.C. 30, Hamilton 25)
  • Winfield retired at the end of the 1996 season.
  • Tiger-Cats finished the season 3rd in the Eastern Division with a 8-10 record.
  • Winfield was lured back to help the slumping Tiger-Cats in 1997.
  • In six games and without benefit of a training camp he led the Tiger-Cats with 29 catches for 462 yards.
  • Earl Winfield finished his 11 year CFL career as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats career touchdown leader with 87, and Tiger-Cats career receiving yardage leader with 10,119 yards.
  • Tiger-Cats finished the season 4th in the Eastern Division with a 2-16 record.

COLLEGE:

  • Winfield went to the University of North Carolina, where he saw duty as a wide receiver for the Tar Heels from 1981 to 1985.
  • Selected a 1st Team All-Atlantic Conference All-Star (ACC) in 1984 and 1985.
  • Set records for career receptions in 1985, was University of North Carolina's leading receiver and the ACC Offensive Player of the Week in 1984.
  • Graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Degree in Recreational Administration in 1986.

HIGH SCHOOL:

  • Attended Dinwiddle High School from 1977 to 1980, the same school attended by Tiger-Cat cornerback Gary Wilkerson.
  • Earl Winfield transferred to Fork Union Military Academy in 1980.
  • Earl Winfield was voted Fork Union Military Academy's Best Athlete of 1981, was the football MVP and spring track MVP during his time at Fork Union Military Academy. In 1981, he held the pole vault record (which stood for ten years), set records in the 100 meter high hurdles, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus and high jump.
  • Winner of the 1991 Charlotte Simmons Humanitarian Award as the Tiger-Cat player that contributes the most to the community.
  • Was inducted into the FUMA Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

PERSONAL:

  • Earl and his wife Vickie Michelle, and their three daughters Eariel Sheri, Tanisha, and Shaniqua reside in Petersburg, Virginia.

Earl Winfield CFL Career Statistics - Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Earl Winfield Receiving Statistics
Year Team GP Rec Yds Avg Long TD
1987 HAM 11 38 746 19.6 81 2
1988 HAM 18 60 1,213 20.2 73 8
1989 HAM 9 15 324 21.6 56 3
1990 HAM 13 62 1,054 17.0 75 13
1991 HAM 10 45 874 19.4 77 4
1992 HAM 12 52 880 16.9 80 9
1993 HAM 15 61 1,076 17.6 79 5
1994 HAM 14 71 1,211 17.1 79 12
1995 HAM 18 92 1,496 16.3 57 13
1996 HAM 14 48 783 16.3 50 4
1997 HAM 6 29 462 15.9 59 2
Total: 140 573 10,119 17.7 81 75
Earl Winfield Rushing Statistics
Year Team TC Yds Avg TD Long
1987 HAM 0 0 0.0 0 0
1988 HAM 1 2 2.0 0 2
1989 HAM 2 18 9.0 0 10
1990 HAM 0 0 0.0 0 0
1991 HAM 2 5 2.5 0 13
1992 HAM 1 7 7.0 0 7
1993 HAM 1 -8 -8.0 0 -8
1994 HAM 3 43 14.3 0 21
1995 HAM 0 0 0.0 0 0
1996 HAM 0 0 0.0 0 0
1997 HAM 0 0 0.0 0 0
Total: 10 67 6.7 0 21
Earl Winfield Kickoff Retunrs Statistics
Year Team KOR Yds Avg TD Long
1987 HAM 18 347 19.3 0 34
1988 HAM 20 538 26.6 1 100
1989 HAM 10 226 22.6 0 43
1990 HAM 8 164 20.5 0 34
1991 HAM 1 20 20.0 0 20
1992 HAM 1 20 20.0 0 20
1993 HAM 13 282 21.7 0 44
1994 HAM 3 56 18.7 0 28
1995 HAM 0 0 0.0 0 0
1996 HAM 1 3 3.0 0 3
1997 HAM 0 0 0.0 0 0
Total: 75 1,656 22.0 1 100
Earl Winfield Punt Returns Statistics
Year Team PR Yds Avg TD Long
1987 HAM 22 256 11.6 1 71
1988 HAM 74 865 11.7 4 101
1989 HAM 36 361 10.0 1 77
1990 HAM 24 102 4.3 0 19
1991 HAM 2 15 7.5 0 15
1992 HAM 22 291 13.2 2 77
1993 HAM 41 530 12.9 3 71
1994 HAM 37 267 7.2 0 43
1995 HAM 8 61 7.6 0 47
1996 HAM 13 80 6.2 0 13
1997 HAM 2 6 3.0 0 3
Total: 281 2,834 10.0 11 101
Earl Winfield Field Goal Returns Statistics
Year Team MFGRet Yds TD Long
1987 HAM 0 0 0 0
1988 HAM 0 0 0 0
1989 HAM 0 0 0 0
1990 HAM 1 15 0 15
1991 HAM 0 0 0 0
1992 HAM 2 5 0 5
1993 HAM 1 61 0 61
1994 HAM 0 0 0 0
1995 HAM 3 47 0 26
1996 HAM 0 0 0 0
1997 HAM 0 0 0 0
Total: 7 128 0 61
Earl Winfield Tackles Statistics
Year Team T ST Total
1987 HAM 2 0 0
1988 HAM 2 0 0
1989 HAM 0 0 0
1990 HAM 5 0 0
1991 HAM 3 1 4
1992 HAM 6 0 6
1993 HAM 7 0 7
1994 HAM 3 0 3
1995 HAM 3 1 4
1996 HAM 0 0 0
1997 HAM 0 0 0
Total: 31 2 33
Earl Winfield Fumble Returns Statistics
Year Team FR Yds Avg TD Long OFR FF
1993 HAM 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Earl Winfield Passing Statistics
Year Team Att Comp Yards TD Int
1990 HAM 1 0 0 0 0

Earl Winfield Collegiate Football Timeline - North Carolina Tar Heels

Earl Winfield as a member of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels Earl Winfield, A four-letter letterman at Carolina, was the primary beneficiary of Kevin Anthony's passing in 1984 and 1985. Winfield led the Tar Heels in receiving both years, and his 696 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 1985 helped him earn first-team All-ACC honours that season.

Winfield left North Carolina as the all-time Tar Heel career leader in receptions, with 107.

Earl Winfield Collegiate Career Statistics - North Carolina Tar Heels

Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yds Avg TD
1982 North Carolina 11 10 185 18.5 1
1983 North Carolina 11 16 195 12.2 2
1984 North Carolina 11 34 527 15.5 0
1985 North Carolina 11 47 696 14.8 8
Total: 44 107 1,603 14.9 11
Rushing
Year Team GP Att Yds TD
1982 North Carolina 11 1 4 0
1983 North Carolina 11 5 31 0
1984 North Carolina 11 2 9 0
1985 North Carolina 11 0 0 0
Total: 44 8 44 0

Earl Winfield Hamilton Tiger-Cats Records

  • Most Career Touchdowns - 87
  • Most Career Receiving Yards - 10,119
  • Most Career Receiving Touchdowns - 75
  • Most Career Punt Return Touchdowns - 11
  • Most Single Season Punt Return Touchdowns - 4 (1988), 3 (1993), 2 (1992)

Earl Winfield in the CFL Records Books

  • Most Punt Return Touchdowns, Regular Season Game - 2 (1st Tied)
  • Most Punt Return Touchdowns, Single Season - 4 (2nd Tied)
  • Most Career Punt Return Touchdowns - 11 (2nd)
  • Most Career Kick Return Touchdowns - 12 (3rd)
  • Most Combined Yards, Game - 400 yards (3rd)
  • Most 100-Yard Rec’g Games, 41 games (Tied 3rd)

Earl Winfield Career highlights and awards

Ivor Wynne Stadium Wall of Honour

Earl Winfield added to the Wall of Honour at Ivor Wynne Stadium On Nov. 4, 2005, Winfield returned to Ivor Wynne Stadium for the first time since his final contest eight seasons earlier. The club and the Tiger-Cats alumni association payed tribute to him at the half-time of the Tiger-Cats final regular season game against the Montreal Alouettes by adding his name to the team's wall of honour on the stadium's south side press box.

Earl Winfield on the Wall of Honour at Ivor Wynne Stadium "Simply because of the fact when I started playing football I didn't think much about stuff like that. I played because I loved it. It was fun. And I never imagined ... that when it was all over and done with something of this magnitude would be bestowed upon me, " - Earl Winfield

Photos of Earl Winfield

  • Earl Winfield as a member of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels
  • Earl Winfield (1987) with Ticats QB Tom Porras
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Earl Winfield Video

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    Earl Winfields Record Setting Night

    September 5th, 1988 – Winfield became the first player in CFL history to score a touchdown three different ways in one game. Earl Winfield collected three TDs and 400 total yards as the Tiger-Cats rolled. Winfield had a 101-yard punt return touchdown, a 100-yard Kickoff return for a touchdown, and a pass reception for a touchdown. (Hamilton 56, Toronto 28)

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