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Chris Sigourney

Inducted 2008

Larkin High School Class of 1979

Biography

This 1979 Larkin graduate was inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame for football and baseball. He lettered in football and baseball and then went on to a standout career as a punter at the University of Illinois. He was a punter-tight end at Larkin and a two-time letter winner. His senior season he averaged 40 yards per punt. In baseball, he was co-MVP with Roger Stevens as a junior (1978) and senior ( '79). He hit .450 his senior season with an ERA of 1.00 as a pitcher. After his senior season, Chris was drafted as a pitcher by the American League Cleveland Indians. He declined the opportunity to play professional baseball to play football at Illlinois, where he was a four-year starter as punter (1979-1983). Sigourney was All-Big Ten honorable mention as a junior and senior and named Illinois' Special Teams MVP as a senior. He punted 227 times for a 39.4 average and ranks second in career punts and punting yards, fourth in career average and in the top 10 in several seasonal categories. His longest punt was 69 yards and he punted seven times in the 1984 Rose Bowl for a 43.6 average. He also played baseball one year at Illinois.