CFL legend Tommy Joe Coffey passes away

Canadian Football League legend Tommy Joe Coffey has passed away.

My grandpa passed away last night, he was 84. RIP Pop, his grandson wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Coffey played 14 seasons in the CFL for Edmonton, Hamilton and spent the final year of his career with Toronto. He finished with 650 receptions for 10,320 yards and 63 touchdowns. Four times Coffey went over the 1,000-yard mark in a single season (1963, 1964, 1965 and 1969) while his best campaign came in 1965 when he caught 81 passes for 1,286 yards.

The six-foot, 190-pound Texas native was a key member of two Grey Cup teams, helping the Ticats win in 1967 and 1972, both times beating the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was nominated seven times for the Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Player and was the runner-up in 1962, 1967, and 1970.

Coffey scored a total of 971 points on 65 touchdowns, 204 converts, 108 field goals and 53 singles. He was the CFL scoring leader in 1962, 1967, 1969, and 1970 and led the league in receptions in 1962, 1964, 1965, and 1969. Seven times Coffey was named and CFL all-star.

Coffey was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

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