Frank Rigney


           Frank Rigney

Inducted: 1985

Member of Canadian Football Hall of Fame (Inducted 1984)

Tackle, defensive tackle: 1958-67

CFL All-Star: 1962, 1965, 1966

Divisional All-Star: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966

DeMarco-Beckett Trophy (Most Outstanding Lineman, West Division): 1960, 1961

CFL Most Outstanding Lineman: 1961

Bombers Most Outstanding Lineman: 1961

Frank Rigney followed University of Iowa teammate Ken Ploen to Winnipeg, arriving in 1958 at the start of the franchise’s run of four Grey Cup titles in five years.

A draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles, Rigney chose the Bombers instead and was a seven-time West Division All-Star, a CFL All-Star three times (the CFL didn’t begin selecting league-wide stars until 1962) and the league’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 1961.

After his retirement, Rigney became a highly respected and popular analyst on CFL telecasts on both CBC and CTV and covered the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics.