Frank Rigney

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Frank Rigney
No. 67
Date of birth: (1936-04-09)April 9, 1936
Date of death: June 29, 2010(2010-06-29) (aged 74)
Place of death: West Vancouver, British Columbia
Career information
CFL status: International
Position(s): OL
Height: 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight: 233 lb (106 kg)
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 1958 / Round: 4 / Pick: 43
Drafted by: Philadelphia Eagles
Organizations
As player:
19581967 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1962, 1965, 1966
CFL West All-Star: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966
Awards: 1985 Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame
1961 CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award
Honors: Grey Cup champion - 1958, 1958, 1961, 1962
Career stats

Frank Rigney (April 9, 1936 – June 29, 2010) was an offensive tackle for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.

College[edit]

Rigney played college ball with another Blue Bomber great, quarterback Ken Ploen at the University of Iowa.

CFL[edit]

Frank Rigney was an outstanding offensive tackle for Winnipeg. During his 10-year stint from 1958 to 1967, Winnipeg won the Grey Cup four times, in 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1962. Winnipeg also participated and lost in 1965, the so-called Wind Bowl. "The first year we got a tie clasp from the city. The second year that we won, we did get a ring, the one and only one we got. The next two that we won, I can't remember what we got. I think we got a watch," Rigney stated. Rigney retired from football due to back injuries. Through ten seasons he only missed five games.

Post-football[edit]

After football he had a thirty-five year career in the insurance business and did media work for twenty years. He was the colour commentator for both the CBC and CTV football broadcasts, plus covered other sports such as the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York and the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.

In 2003, Rigney received a titanium shoulder replacement. In 2004 due to an ulcer in his right foot he had a toe amputated. Later, Rigney's right leg was amputated below his knee after an infection from an operation turned to gangrene. At the time of his death, Rigney resided in West Vancouver.

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References[edit]

  • Judy Owen. Legends - Game was cruel to lineman Rigney, Bomber Game Day/Winnipeg Free Press/Friday, June 2, 2006