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CFL Star Matt Dunigan Launches Autobiography, Goiní Deep, Coauthored with Jim Taylor

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Meet legendary Hall-of-Fame quarterback Matt Dunigan and renowned sports author Jim Taylor at The Bomber Store (Canad Inns Stadium, 1465 Maroons Road, Winnipeg) on November 9 from 5-8pm and at The Shark Club (180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver) on Thursday, November 15 from 5-6pm as they sign copies of their new book, Goin’ Deep.

Matt Dunigan’s gritty memoir Goin’ Deep charts the unstable and unforgiving field of professional football. Dunigan exposes the secret truths beyond the stadium, finding humour in the face of pain—an uninvited, yet ever present guest in the game, beckoning players to the sidelines.

Dunigan’s tale progresses from making the cuts to picking them as his career in the CFL led him into coaching and TSN sports analysis after a crushing concussion tackled his Hall of Fame career. Matt still can’t remember being hammered by BC Lion’s defensive halfback Reggie Carthon and linebacker Sheldon Quarles that fateful 1996 night in the Ivor Wynn Stadium in Hamilton. “It was like watching Achilles being felled at Troy,” notes photographer Mark Okrainec, who was at Matt’s final game as quarterback.

“All those years of giving everything and doing anything to get the job done, of playing with torn cartilage or ligaments, … but still being confident that somehow, some way, you had the ability to get it done—they were all washed away. In the middle of a crowded stadium, surrounded by teammates, I was all alone.” But despite the severe concussion, Matt somehow manged to walk off the field.

“We all face different obstacles. What counts is how we face them.” Find out how Matt coped with the pressure of following in the footseps of the great Warren Moon, the perks and perils of fame and the rites and ritualsof the game, all of which Dunigan faced with a motto of “Bring it on!.”

From partying to parenting, college to the big leagues, Dunigan’s life has been all about guts and go. He openly talks about the struggle between family and career—the two loves of his life—and how easily it is to fumble one when your eye is on the other.