What does the winner of a Hec Crighton Trophy as the nation’s outstanding university football player do for an encore?
Simple, just win the Crighton again!
And that is exactly what Tim Tindale did. This London-born fullback rewrote the record book during four years as one of the all-time performers for the Western University Mustangs.
A graduate of the football program at Saunders Secondary School, Tindale began his assault on the university records in 1991. In four seasons under head coach Larry Haylor he carried the ball 232 times, racked up 2,225 yards with a 7.9 yards average and scored 34 touchdowns.
“He knew no other way than 150 per cent,” Haylor who was inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, would say of his prized pupil. “He never took the line of least resistance.”
Tindale won the Hec Crighton Trophy in 1991 and 1993 and had he not suffered a broken leg on a blocking assignment that limited him to six games in 1992 would likely have won the coveted award a third time.
Among his many awards and citations, Tindale was a First Team All-Canadian in 1992 and 1994 and was named the outstanding male university athlete in 1994.
After graduating in kinesiology Tindale caught the eye of Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy and shuffled off to Buffalo for a four
year tenure with the NFL Bills, mostly as special teams player and blocking back.
He was coach Levy’s kind of player – tough but talented, hard- nosed and ready. Perhaps the highlight of his NFL career came on Sept. 7, 1996 against the New York Jets when he caught four passes for 106 yards and the 1995 playoff game against the Miami Dolphins when he rushed for 68 yards including a 44-yard TD run.
Tindale went to camp with the Chicago Bears in 1997 but knee ailments forced retirement. In all, he underwent four knee operations during his football years.
Tindale was named to the all-time and favourite Western player teams in addition to a place in the W Club Hall of Fame and the Football Wall of Champions.
These days he operates a successful home construction business near Campbellville where he lives with his family. The London Sports Hall of Fame is honoured to include Tim Tindale, purple and proud, in the Athlete Modern category.