Ticats head coach Orlondo Steinauer to be inducted to Canadian Football Hall of Fame in front of home crowd

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Orlondo Steinauer will have his Hall of Fame bust unveiled in front of a hometown crowd.

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame (CFHOF) and Museum will welcome Orlondo Steinauer and 12 other members in an induction ceremony on June 17 – the eve of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2022 Home Opener presented by First Ontario Credit Union.

“Our incredible fans always make the home opener at Tim Hortons Field a must-attend event in the city of Hamilton,” said president & COO of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Matt Afinec. “This year will be even more special with president of football operations & head coach Orlondo Steinauer being celebrated along with 12 other deserving individuals.”

The six inductees from the 2020 Class and the seven from 2021 will formally join the hallowed ranks of the CFHOF following two years of delays due to the health and safety concerns posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The previously announced 2020 Class includes offensive linemen Clyde Brock and Freddie Childress, as well as quarterbacks Henry Burris and Greg Vavra, in the Players category. The Calgary Stampeders’ former Head Coach and their current President and General Manager, John Hufnagel, and former Saint Mary’s University coach and Athletic Director, Larry Uteck (posthumously), will be inducted in the Builder Category.

To be inducted in the Player category as part of the previously unveiled Class of 2021 are defensive linemen Will Johnson and Mike Walker, wide receiver Nik Lewis and defensive backs Orlondo Steinauer and Don Wilson. In the Builder category, the CFHOF will welcome former Montreal Alouettes Head Coach Marv Levy and the sixth Commissioner of the CFL, Doug Mitchell.

A dominant defensive back known as much for his smarts and his athleticism, Steinauer played for 13 seasons in the CFL, with the Ottawa Rough Riders (1996), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1997-2000) and the Toronto Argonauts (2001-2008). He was named an all-star at three different positions (cornerback, halfback and safety), earning seven East all-star nods and five CFL all-star honours in total.

Steinauer career featured 49 interceptions, including five returned for touchdowns. His 1,178 interception return yards are the second most in CFL history behind Less Browne (1,508). He was a two-time Grey Cup champion as a player (1999 and 2004), before coaching Hamilton to back-to-back Grey Cup losses.