Grover Covington

Class of 2000

Grover Covington’s CFL career began in 1981 when a pre-season trade with the Montreal Alouettes brought him to Hamilton where he played from 1981 to 1991.

Throughout his 11-year career, Covington always gave back to the community at every chance he could. In 1985, Covington was the first winner of the Charlotte Simmons humanitarian award which was the Tiger-Cat who contributed the most to the community. Covington devoted his life in Hamilton to football and the community.

Among Covington’s many career highlights as defensive end was being named the CFL sack leader in 1988 with 25.

At the time of his retirement, Covington he was the CFL’s all-time quarterback sack leader with 157 sacks to his credit.

Playing Career

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1981 - 1991


  • All-Eastern Defensive End
    1981, 1985 - 1990
  • All-Canadian Defensive End
    1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
  • Grey Cup Outstanding Defensive Player
  • James P. McCaffrey Trophy
  • Schenley Award for the Most Outstanding Defensive Player
  • Grey Cup Participation
    1984 - 1986, 1989
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams