The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Hamilton Tiger-Cat Alumni Association (HTCAA) announced Thursday that former player Joe Montford, who earned All-America honors as a linebacker at South Carolina State, was inducted to the Wall of Honour at Tim Hortons Field on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Montford’s name and number 53 joins other distinguished Wall of Honour inductees on the upper facade on the west side of the stadium.
“Joe Montford was not only one of the best players in Tiger-Cats franchise history, but also CFL history. He was a dominate pass rusher throughout his career and his accomplishments as a Tiger-Cat make him an obvious choice,” said Bob Young, Caretaker of the Tiger-Cats. “Being enshrined onto the Wall of Honour is the single largest acknowledgement of excellence the franchise and alumni association can provide. It symbolizes elite performance over a sustained period wearing the Black and Gold as evidenced by the legendary names honored in the past.”
“Knowing my name will be up at Tim Hortons Field every time I come to Hamilton is a great honour and one that’s right up there with being a Hall of Famer,” said Montford. “I’m proud of what we accomplished on the field, but the things I remember most about being a Ticat were the great teammates and coaches I had, and obviously the fans. I can’t wait to share this with them in August.”
Montford played 141 games over eight seasons with Hamilton (1996-2001, 2003-04) winning a Grey Cup with the team in 1999, and sits second in franchise history in career defensive tackles (460), quarterback sacks (115) and fumble recoveries (18). He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player three times (1998, 2000 & 2001) and was a CFL and Divisional All-Star in four consecutive seasons (1998-2001). The 6-1, 225-pound native of Beaufort, North Carolina, also set the Tiger-Cats single-season record with 26 quarterback sacks in 1999, just 0.5 shy of James Parker’s CFL record 26.5 sacks set in 1984.
During his SC State playing days (1989-93), Montford earned three letters on his way to All-MEAC and All-America honors. He was MEAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 when he led the Bulldogs in tackles with 131. He also reaped All-America accolades from the Sheridan Broadcasting Network, Associated Press and Pittsburgh Courier.
The Beauford, NC native was named to the SC State Centennial (1907-2007) Football Team in 2007 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.