Assistant General Manager, Director of U.S. Scouting
The former Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterback returns for his fourth season in the club’s front office as the Assistant General Manager, Director of U.S. Scouting. McManus continuously monitors the southern United States; attending NCAA games, NFL pre-season games, and dozens of workouts, while working closely with General Manager Kyle Walters on the development of the current roster. Danny facilitates free agent camps throughout the United States throughout the offseason along with Assistant General Manager Ted Goveia and National Scout Craig Smith.
Prior to his appointment with the Blue Bombers, McManus – a Canadian Football Hall of Famer – spent the past three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as their Head U.S. Scout, managing all aspects of the organization’s U.S. recruitment. McManus also spent 2009-2010 as the Tiger-Cats Southeast Regional Scout. He joined the Tiger-Cats staff in 2008 as an Offensive Assistant before moving into the scouting department in 2009.
As a player, McManus enjoyed one of the Canadian Football League’s most illustrious careers, spending 17 seasons in the league with the B.C. Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Edmonton Eskimos, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders.
McManus spent three seasons with the Blue Bombers (1990-92) before leaving as a free agent, and played in 54 games, getting six starts and six wins (6-0). The Bombers had a combined record of 32-22 during his time with the club, won three of their four playoff games, played in all three Division Finals and captured two Eastern titles. McManus played on the 1990 Bombers’ Grey Cup championship team, coming into the game as a late reliever for Tom Burgess and throwing a touchdown pass to Rick House in the 50-11 win over Edmonton. He also played in the 1992 Grey Cup for Winnipeg and completed 7-of-18 passes for 150 yards. Over three seasons, Danny threw for 3,084 yards and 16 touchdowns.
At the time of his retirement, McManus finished his career second in all-time CFL passing yards with 53,255, and ranked second with 6,689 pass attempts and 3,640 pass completions. He also finished sixth all-time in regular season games with 298 while suiting up in 18 playoff games. He won three Grey Cup titles with three separate teams in 1990 (Winnipeg), 1994 (B.C.) and 1999 (Hamilton).
Before joining Hamilton’s staff, McManus spent one season as an analyst for TSN’s CFL broadcast team.