1981 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Statistics

Canadian Football League (CFL)
Team Record: 11-4-1 23
Finishing 1st in the CFL's East Division
Postseason: 0-1 Lost Division Final
Coach: Frank Kush (11-4-1)
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
1981 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Roster
1981 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Results

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League ended the 1981 season with a record of 11 wins and 4 losses and 1 ties for 23 points, finishing first in the CFL's East Division. The team compiled a postseason mark of 0-1.

Hamilton chalked up 414 points, while the defensive squad yielded 335. Tom Clements led the charge, slinging for 4,536 yards. Keith Baker led all receivers, grabbing 68 receptions for 1,218 yards. Rocky DiPietro provided receiving help also.

Rufus Crawford carried the ball for a team-high 400 yards for the Tiger-Cats.

Harold Woods picked off 6 opponent throws. Grover Covington topped pass rushers with 16 quarterback sacks.

Frank Kush coached the team. The 1981 Hamilton Tiger-Cats lost in the Division Final.

Click on column headings to sort.


Player Att Comp Comp % Yds Yds/Att TDs TD % Ints Int % Long Rating
Tom Clements52330157.645368.7275.2234.48185.1
Dave Marler321340.61655.226.226.22552.2
Leif Pettersen22100.03115.500.000.026118.8
Keith Baker100.


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Rufus Crawford1094003.735 4
Mark Bragagnolo732783.816 2
David Green662083.216 2
Tom Clements321785.626 1
Dave Graffi21894.214 1
Bernie Ruoff22010.010 0
Keith Baker320.70
Phil Colwell100.00
Steve Stapler1-13-13.00
Totals30811623.835 10


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Keith Baker68121817.981 11
Rocky DiPietro5986814.742 6
Rufus Crawford4960712.436 0
Steve Stapler4890318.874 4
Leif Pettersen2741515.448 7
Mark Bragagnolo2224211.034 0
Gord Paterson2028314.229 0
Dave Graffi9687.632 0
David Green8668.218 0
Kerry Smith46215.528 1
John Priestner155.00
Henry Waszczuk1-5-5.0-5 0
Totals316473215.081 29


Player X/CA X/CM X/CP % FGA FGM FG % FGS KO Yds. Avg. Long KOS Pts.
Bernie Ruoff4040100.0462963.01369422661.2904144


Player No. Yds Avg. Long PS
Bernie Ruoff131594745.4718

Punt Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Steve Stapler403839.636 0
David Shaw2427111.3101 0
Howard Fields322377.425 0
Keith Baker9808.950 0
Rufus Crawford8334.115 0
Kerry Smith199.00
Totals11410219.0101 0

Kick Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Steve Stapler1845025.059 0
Howard Fields919822.030 0
Rufus Crawford812715.929 0
Harold Woods49223.028 0
Rocky DiPietro3124.00
Leif Pettersen100.00
Dave Graffi100.00
Preston Young100.00
Leroy Paul1-10-10.0-10 0
Totals4686918.959 0


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Harold Woods69716.223 0
Leroy Paul55811.632 0
Preston Young45714.224 0
David Shaw37324.337 0
Ben Zambiasi35919.752 1
John Priestner23115.531 0
Howard Fields273.50
Gerald Bess100.00
Totals2638214.752 1


Player No. Yds Avg.
Grover Covington16.00.00.0
Ecomet Burley7.50.00.0
Jim Ramey5.00.00.0
Ben Zambiasi4.00.00.0
Jim Muller3.50.00.0
York Hentschel1.00.00.0
Rick Kalvaitis1.00.00.0
Steven Parker0.50.00.0
John Priestner0.50.00.0

Defense and Fumbles:

Total Scoring:

Touchdowns Other Total
Player Rush Rec Punt Kick MFG Int Fum Other FG X/C Single 2Pt Saf Points
Bernie Ruoff0294025152
Keith Baker011000066
Leif Pettersen7000042
Rocky DiPietro6000036
Steve Stapler0400000126
Rufus Crawford400000024
David Green2000012
Leroy Paul00200012
Mark Bragagnolo2000012
Ben Zambiasi100006
Harold Woods0010006
Tom Clements10006
Kerry Smith100006
Dave Graffi1000006
John Priestner00000012


Recent Updates

  • January 14, 2022 - Corrected an issue affecting 2021 NFL kicking and punting statistics
  • January 10, 2022 - Added 1920 APFA through 1929 NFL game results
Football Search

Latest News

Tiger-Cats Sign Nationals Brown and Glave
Posted on Sunday January 23, 2022

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Wednesday the football club has signed two national players including kicker Dante Brown (pictured) and defensive li...

Tiger-Cats Release Tight End/Fullback Kalinic to Pursue NFL Opportunities
Posted on Saturday January 22, 2022

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Saturday the football club has released national tight end/fullback Nikola Kalinic to pursue opportunities in the Na...

Tiger-Cats Re-Sign Two Global Defensive Linemen
Posted on Friday January 21, 2022

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Friday the football club has re-signed two global defensive linemen, including Valentin Gnahoua (pictured) and David...