-Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Defensive Player, 2015, 2018
-CFL All-Star, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
-CFLPA All-Star, 2012, 2015, 2019
-West Division All-Star, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
-Norm Fieldgate Trophy (Most Outstanding Defensive Player, West Division), 2015, 2018
2019: Blue Bombers
Bighill put up solid numbers in 2019, despite missing three games due to injury. He finished with 61 tackles, four quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, two tackles for a loss and a pair of pass knockdowns in his 15 regular-season games, all starts, while being named to the CFLPA All-Star Team. His 675 career defensive tackles now ranks him 10th on the CFL’s all-time list.
Bighill remains one of the club’s most-influential players and leaders on the field and in the community and he and his family became Winnipeg residents after he signed a three-year contract extension on January 15, 2019.
2018: Blue Bombers
Bighill joined the Bombers on May 19, 2018 and his impact was immediate. He recorded 105 tackles while adding four sacks, four tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), and a league-leading four forced fumbles. His 127 defensive plays were the third-most in the league last season. He was not only named to the West Division All-Star Team for a sixth time, but was selected to the CFL All-Star squad for a fifth time and was honoured as the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second time in his career.
2017: New Orleans Saints
Bighill signed a reserve/futures contract with the Saints on January 4, 2017. After standing out during training camp and in the preseason, Bighill was able to dress for three games for New Orleans before being released on May 14, 2018.
2011-2016: B.C. Lions
Bighill suited up for six seasons with the Lions, recording 509 defensive tackles, 70 special teams tackles, eight interceptions, eight forced fumbles and 33 sacks in 99 career CFL games (85 starts). He was a four-time CFL All-Star and five-time West All-Star with the Lions and was a member of their 2011 Grey Cup championship team. In 2015, Bighill led the CFL with 117 tackles and was named the league’s top defensive player.
Bighill was twice named the Lions Most Outstanding Player (2013, 2015) and was honoured as their Most Outstanding Defensive Player on three occasions (2012, 2013 and 2015).
Starred at Central Washington from 2007-10, racking up 163 solo tackles — 46 of which were for a loss — along with 11 sacks and seven interceptions in 44 games. He was CWU’s 2010-11 Co-Male Athlete of the Year and earned a starting spot and team captaincy in the Division II All-Star Game in January of 2011. He was also named a First-Team Division II All-American.