Jim Corrigall

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Jim Corrigall
No. 79
Born: (1946-05-07) May 7, 1946 (age 73)
Barrie, Ontario
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight253 lb (115 kg)
CollegeKent State
NFL draft1970 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Drafted bySt. Louis Cardinals
Career history
As player
19701981Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1971, 1973, 1975, 1977
CFL East All-Star1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
Awards1970 – Gruen Trophy
1975 – CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award
Career stats

Jim Corrigall (born May 7, 1946) is a Canadian former gridiron football player and coach. He was all-star defensive lineman in the Canadian Football League.

High school and college[edit]

Corrigall played football in high school at Scollard Hall, a private boys' school in North Bay, Ontario, and Barrie North Collegiate, in Barrie, Ontario. He played his college football at Kent State University. During his outstanding university career, Corrigall was selected Most Valuable Sophomore, Best Defensive Lineman, Most Inspirational Player and he was the first Kent State player to be selected to the first team All-Mid-American Conference for three consecutive years. His jersey number 79 was retired by Kent State when he graduated.


Though drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL), (2nd round, 33rd overall) Corrigall came home to play an 11-year career with the Toronto Argonauts (from 1970 to 1981), including 148 regular season and 5 playoff games (included in those playoff appearances was the 1971 Grey Cup game). He won the Gruen Trophy as outstanding rookie in the CFL East, would be named an all star 7 times (All Canadian 4 times) and in 1975 he won the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award.

Jim Corrigall was honoured as an "All-Time Argo" in 1997 for his contributions to the Argonaut team and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1990.


In 1994, Corrigall returned to his alma mater, Kent State, as head football coach. The program had been struggling for years when he arrived and had just come off a winless season in 1993. Although some progress was made, the Golden Flashes best season under Corrigall, a 3–8 campaign, proved to be his last in 1997. Three wins in 1997 were the most wins for Kent State since 1988. Corrigall had an overall record of 8–35–1 in four seasons. In 2012, Corrigall was the defensive line coach for Archbishop Hoban High School (Akron, OH). He led the Knights to an undefeated season.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kent State Golden Flashes (Mid-American Conference) (1994–1997)
1994 Kent State 2–9 2–7 8th
1995 Kent State 1–9–1 0–7–1 10th
1996 Kent State 2–9 1–7 10th
1997 Kent State 3–8 3–5 T–4th (East)
Kent State: 8–35–1 6–26–1
Total: 8–35–1