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Go Deep with a CFL Legend

Posted: November 20, 2007

Meet legendary Hall-of-Fame quarterback Matt Dunigan and renowned sports author Jim Taylor at the Purolator Legends Lounge in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during the Grey Cup Festival for a book signing. On Friday November 23 and Saturday November 24 from 12:00 to 3:00pm Dunigan and Taylor will be signing their new book, Goin' Deep: The Life and Times of a CFL Quarterback (Harbour, $32.95).

Make a cash donation to the Purolator’s Tackle Hunger Food Bank Drive and get your picture taken with the Grey Cup or enter for a chance to win CFL Hall of Fame memorabilia and prize packages. In support of the Purolator’s Tackle Hunger Food Bank Drive, Harbour Publishing will donate a portion of the proceeds from each book sold at the event to Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank.

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.

From partying to parenting, college to the big leagues, Dunigan’s life has been all about guts without anesthetic. 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.

Matt Dunigan is a CFL Hall of Famer, holding many records achieved in the fourteen years he played as quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos, BC Lions, Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Birmingham Barracudas and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In his first season, Dunigan became the second best scoring offense in CFL history. He has led both the Edmonton Eskimos and the Toronto Argonauts to Grey Cup Victories. Today, Matt Dunigan is a TSN sports analyst. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Co-author Jim Taylor wrote a daily sports column in Vancouver for better than a quarter-century. A self-admitted CFL nut, he has written 10 previous books, is a member of the BC Sports and CFL Halls of Fame, and holds a lifetime achievement award from Sports Media Canada. Jim Taylor’s most recent book is the national bestseller The Best of Jim Coleman. He lives in Vancouver, BC.