Tim Tindale

Last updated
Tim Tindale
Personal information
Born: (1971-04-15) April 15, 1971 (age 52)
London, Ontario
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Saunders Secondary (London, ON)
University: Western Ontario
Position: Running back
CFL Draft: 1994  / Round: 3 / Pick: 28
Undrafted: 1994
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Timothy Scott Tindale (born April 15, 1971) is a former gridiron football running back for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He played CIS football in Canada at the University of Western Ontario.

Contents

Western Mustangs

Tindale was an all-star fullback with the Western Mustangs football program from 1990 to 1994. After dominating the CIS, he graduated with a degree in kinesiology. While in High School at Saunders Secondary School, he said he never intended to play pro football, but instead wanted to be a doctor. Tim won 2 Hec Crighton trophies, which is awarded to the CIS Football player of the year. Many say that if he hadn't fractured his leg in 1992, he would've gotten a third. Tindale was announced as a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame 2022 class, based on his university career, on June 21, 2022. [1]

NFL

In 1994, after graduating from the kinesiology program, Tindale tried out for the Buffalo Bills as a free agent and made the squad. "It was an unbelievable life experience," he said. Tim remembers his first NFL game, saying he's never seen so many people for an exhibition game. "70,000 people came just to see some guys try out for a team."

With rumours of the treatment of Canadian players in the NFL filtering through fans and players alike, Tindale had the inside scoop and his pleasant experience contradicted the stereotypes. "On my first day of mini-camp, Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy came up to me and knew my name and all my stats. He was the head coach and he knew everything about me." (Levy had coached in the Canadian Football League for a period in the late 1970s and early 1980s.) Tindale had gained television exposure in Buffalo through CHCH-TV's broadcast of Ontario university football, which had made him a "cult hero" of sorts in the station's broadcast area. [2]

Tindale scored his first career rushing touchdown on December 30, 1995, in a playoff game against the Miami Dolphins. [3] His Western University coach, Larry Haylor, said he remembers watching Tindale's first NFL touchdown while on vacation. "We were huddled around a 7-inch TV screen. Tim broke a run for 44 yards and my wife and I were jumping up and down, cheering and screaming. People came storming into our room to see what was wrong." Haylor also said "I always said Tim would be the guy I would pick first if I had to choose a team. At 5'11", 220 [pounds], he had very unusual talents. He's one of those guys who will give you his soul in effort."

Retirement

Due to injuries, Tim had to retire from the NFL.

Awards and honors

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Regina Rams</span> Gridiron football team of the University of Regina

The Regina Rams represent the University of Regina, located in Regina, Saskatchewan, in the sport of Canadian football in U Sports. The Rams joined U Sports in 1999 and have competed in the Canada West Conference since then. The program has won one U Sports football conference championship, in 2000, and the team has made one appearance in the Vanier Cup championship game.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Marv Levy</span> American gridiron football coach and executive (born 1925)

Marvin Daniel Levy is an American former football coach and executive who was a head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for seventeen seasons. He spent most of his head coaching career with the Buffalo Bills, leading them from 1986 to 1997. Levy's first head coaching position was with the Montreal Alouettes of Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1973 to 1977, where he won two Grey Cup titles.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Music City Miracle</span> 2000 event in American football

The Music City Miracle was an American football play that took place on January 8, 2000, during the National Football League's (NFL) 1999–2000 playoffs. It occurred at the end of the American Football Conference (AFC) Wild Card playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills at Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee. After the Bills had taken a 16–15 lead on a field goal with 16 seconds remaining in the game, on the ensuing kickoff return, Titans tight end Frank Wycheck threw a lateral pass across the field to Kevin Dyson, who then ran 75 yards to score the winning touchdown to earn a 22–16 victory.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">The Comeback (American football)</span> 1993 American football playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Oilers

The Comeback was a National Football League (NFL) game held on January 3, 1993, as part of the 1992–93 NFL playoffs. The Buffalo Bills overcame a 35–3 deficit to defeat the visiting Houston Oilers 41–38 in overtime and set the then-record for largest comeback in NFL history. Though surpassed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2022, the Bills' 32-point comeback remains the largest comeback in postseason history and the second largest overall. It was also the first time an NFL team with a lead of at least 30 points lost the game, and the only one until the aforementioned Colts–Vikings game in 2022.

The Hec Crighton Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding Canadian football player in U Sports. The trophy is named after Hec Crighton who was a former teacher, coach, referee, and the author of the Official Football Rule Book as well as the U Sports Rule Book. It was first presented in 1967 by the board of directors of the Canadian College Bowl.

Mark Nohra is a former running back and fullback with the Canadian Football League's B.C. Lions.

Robbert Lee Riddick is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the Buffalo Bills. He played college football at Millersville University, as a running back and defensive back. He set numerous of the school's records in football as well as track and field. Riddick was drafted by the Bills in the ninth round, 241st overall, of the 1981 NFL Draft.

Brian Fryer is a retired football player who starred at wide receiver for the University of Alberta, and played professionally for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) and the Edmonton Eskimos and Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

The 1995 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League and the 36th overall. This was the last time the Bills won the division and won a playoff game until 2020.

Erik Glavic is a former Canadian football quarterback who played CIS football for both the Calgary Dinos and the Saint Mary's Huskies. Glavic is the only CIS football player to have won the Hec Crighton Trophy with two different teams. His brother Sasha Glavic is a former defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sean McDermott</span> American football coach (born 1974)

Sean Michael McDermott is an American football coach who is the head coach and defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He began his NFL coaching career as an assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2001, serving as defensive coordinator from 2009 to 2010, and was later the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers from 2011 to 2016. Following his six seasons with the Panthers, which included a Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl 50, he was hired in 2017 as the Bills head coach and assumed defensive coordinator duties in 2023.

The Bills–Dolphins rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. The teams, who are members of the AFC East, have played each other twice per year since the 1966 season. In the 115 regular season games between the teams in the series, the Dolphins lead 61–53–1 as of 2023. The teams have also met five times in the NFL playoffs. The Bills are 4–1 in the postseason, including a victory in the 1992 AFC Championship Game.

The Bills–Patriots rivalry is an American football rivalry between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Both teams are members of the East division of the American Football Conference (AFC) and play two games against each other annually. The series debuted in 1960 when both were charter members of the American Football League (AFL). The two clubs have combined for seventeen AFL or AFC championships, the most of any two teams in the AFC East. In addition, either the Patriots or Bills have won the AFC East division in 27 out of 34 seasons since 1988.

Tommy Denison is the offensive coordinator for York University's football team, the York Lions of U Sports. As a former quarterback in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, he is a two-time All-Canadian and two-time winner of the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2002 and 2003. He played professionally for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders, and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Windsor Lancers football</span> University Canadian football team

The Windsor Lancers football team represents the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario in the sport of Canadian football in the Ontario University Athletics conference of U Sports. The Windsor Lancers football team has been in continuous operation since 1968. The team won its only Yates Cup conference championship in 1975 as winners of the OQIFC West Division. The program is one of six currently in U Sports football that have not appeared in a Vanier Cup game. The Lancers have had three Hec Crighton Trophy winners, with Andrew Parici in 1972, Scott Mallender, in 1979, and Daryl Stephenson in 2006.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">UBC Thunderbirds football</span> University Canadian football team

The UBC Thunderbirds football team represents the University of British Columbia athletics teams in U Sports and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Thunderbirds program has won the CWUAA Hardy Trophy conference championship 16 times, which is third all-time among competing teams. On a national level, the team has won the Vanier Cup championship four times, in 1982, 1986, 1997 and, most recently, in 2015. The team has also lost twice in the title game, in 1978 and 1987. The Thunderbirds program has also yielded three Hec Crighton Trophy winners: Jordan Gagner in 1987, Mark Nohra in 1997, and, most recently, Billy Greene in 2011.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Western Mustangs football</span>

The Western Mustangs football team represents the University of Western Ontario in Canadian university football. The Mustangs compete as a member of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA), under the U Sports association.

The 1998 CIAU football season began on September 2, 1998, and concluded with the 34th Vanier Cup national championship on November 28, 1998, at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, with the Saskatchewan Huskies winning the third Vanier Cup championship in program history. Twenty-four universities across Canada competed in CIAU football this season, the highest level of amateur play in Canadian football, under the auspices of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU). This year would be the last for the Carelton Ravens until their re-establishment in 2013 as the program was discontinued in 1998.

Chris Merchant is a gridiron football quarterback for the Fehérvár Enthroners of the Hungarian American Football League (HAFL). He is a Vanier Cup champion after leading the Western Mustangs to a win in 2017 and a Hec Crighton Trophy winner after he earned the award in the final year of his university playing eligibility in 2019.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tre Ford</span> Canadian gridiron football player (born 1998)

Tre Ford is a Canadian football quarterback for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was named a Hec Crighton Trophy winner in 2021 as U Sports football's most outstanding player and won the Lois and Doug Mitchell Award as U Sports top male university athlete.

References

  1. "Canadian Football Hall of Fame welcomes distinguished class of 2022". Canadian Football League. June 21, 2022.
  2. Campbell, Morgan (24 September 2016). "Regular-season CIS football returns to TV". The Toronto Star.
  3. Brady, Erik (January 8, 2020). "Tim Tindale remembers run that helped in Bills' last playoff win". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on January 8, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2020.