Grover Covington
No. 77
Grover Covington - Photographed by Mike F. Campbell
Born: (1956-03-25) March 25, 1956 (age 65)
Monroe, North Carolina
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight235 lb (107 kg)
CollegeJohnson C. Smith
Career history
As player
19811991Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
CFL East All-Star1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
Career stats

Grover Covington (born March 25, 1956) is a former Canadian Football League defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Covington's career began in 1981 as a free agent signing by the Montreal Alouettes. However a pre-season trade that year sent him to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he played his entire career.[1] Covington was a seven-time CFL All-Star and often led the league in quarterback sacks. He won the Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player once and also led the Tiger-Cats to a Grey Cup victory in 1986. He finished his career with 157 sacks, a CFL record. In 1995 Covington was inducted along with former teammate Chet Grimsley into the Johnson C. Smith University Sports Hall of Fame. (Grimsley's 2011 book The White Golden Bull: How Faith in God Transcended Racial Barriers includes a chapter on the relationship between the author, a white student at the historically black university, and Covington.)[2] Covington was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and, in November 2006, was voted one of the CFL's Top 50 players (#28) of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.

Personal life

His son, Christian Covington, plays as a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League-


  1. ^ "Grover Covington". Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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