Grover Covington

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Grover Covington
No. 77     Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Grover Covington.jpg
Grover Covington - Photographed by Mike F. Campbell
Date of birth: (1956-03-25) March 25, 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth: Monroe, North Carolina
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: International
Position(s): DE
College: Johnson C. Smith
Organizations
As player:
19811991 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
CFL East All-Star: 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
Career stats

Grover Covington (born March 25, 1956 in Monroe, North Carolina) is a former Canadian Football League defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Grover Covington didn't begin playing football until his junior year of high school, but was good enough to earn a scholarship to Johnson C. Smith University, an NCAA Division II school in Charlotte, North Carolina.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Grover Covingtons career began in 1981 as a free agent signing by the Montreal Alouettes. However a pre-season trade that year sent him to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he played his entire career.[3] Covington was a seven-time CFL All-Star and often led the league in quarterback sacks. He won the Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player once and also led the Tiger-Cats to a Grey Cup victory in 1986. He finished his career with 157 sacks, a CFL record. In 1995 Covington was inducted along with former teammate Chet Grimsley into the Johnson C. Smith University Sports Hall of Fame. (Grimsley's 2011 book The White Golden Bull: How Faith in God Transcended Racial Barriers includes a chapter on the relationship between the author, a white student at the historically black university, and Covington.)[4] Covington was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and, in November 2006, was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#28) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.

Life after retirement[edit]

Covington lives in Surrey, British Columbia with wife Natalie and three children. In addition he serves as a football consultant and motivational speaker. Covington's son Christian was recruited by several NCAA Division I schools to play football in the US and plays for the Rice University Owls in Houston, Texas on a full-ride scholarship for football. His daughter Asianna will now be attending the University of Georgia on a full-ride scholarship for track and field as she signed her Letter of Intent February 6, 2013.

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