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CFL great Tommy Joe Coffey dies

(Aug. 26, 2020) CFL legend Tommy Joe Coffey passed away in Hamilton Aug. 25. Coffey, one of the best athletes in the history of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was diagnosed with lung cancer in June and died in hospital Tuesday night. According to Tiger-Cat Alumni Association, there will be no local services for the legendary pass receiver and ashes will be buried at a later date in Sayre, Okla.

Although Coffey concluded his career with the Argos in 1973, he spent the majority of his career with the Edmonton Eskimos (1959-66) and Hamilton (1967-72). He was a seven-time All-Canadian All-Star, and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

League cancels 2020 season

(Aug. 17, 2020) Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging and uncertain for everyone in the country and around the world.  And earlier today, we received saddening news that the 2020 CFL season was cancelled, again, a result of the challenging times we are facing.

Although this is truly heartbreaking and unfortunate news, it is important that we accept this with the understanding that this decision focused on the health, safety and welfare of the players, fans and partners and their families. In doing so, we acknowledge their thoughtfulness and patience as the league and CFLPA worked together to find a safe way to get the players on the field this season.

We all know what it is like to have to deal with adversity, and the challenges that confront us in overcoming those episodes.  So as we have done so many times before (and hopefully, if faced with difficult circumstances, we will again) we must move on to the 2021 campaign now.

Our game has stood the test of time many times before, and will again!  Let’s “Pull Together” and make 2021 the best season in CFL history!

As Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.

Stay safe and Double Blue!

Stace Coray
President, Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association

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TSN names all-time Argo team

(Aug. 7, 2020) TSN named their all-time Toronto Argonauts team and Argonauts Alumni Association board VP Dan Ferrone made the list. Congratulations Dan!

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Former Argo QB Joseph joins Seahawks coaching staff

Kerry Joseph

(Aug. 6, 2020) Former Toronto Argonauts quarterback Kerry Joseph has landed a National Football League coaching job. Joseph has been hired as an offensive assistant with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Michael Ball of CKRM 620 in Regina.

“I’ll be in the running back room assisting the running back coach Chad Morton. Offensive assistant, quality control, working and helping out in many facets. Learning the process and program coach Pete Carroll is running and grow from there,” said Joseph.

“My goal is to eventually at one point be an Offensive Coordinator.  I’ve always had the dream of coaching in the NFL. When I got the call and asked if I was interested in the position, I went through the interview process virtually.”

Joseph played 12 seasons in the CFL for Toronto (2008 – 2009), Ottawa, Saskatchewan, and Edmonton, throwing for 28,097 yards, 148 touchdowns against 126 interceptions with a 58.4 completion rate.  Before joining the Argos, he was named the CFL Most Outstanding Player in 2007, when he led the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a Grey Cup championship.

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Uteck Goes into the Hall in the Builder category

Larry Uteck

(July 16, 2020) The Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum (CFHOF) announced its Class of 2020 which includes Larry Uteck posthumously as a foundational program-builder.

Uteck served as an Assistant coach at Saint Mary’s University in 1982, before being named Head Coach the following year – a position he held until 1994. He was a four-time Atlantic University Athletic Association (AUAA) Coach of the Year and a two-time Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) Coach of the Year. During his tenure, the team captured seven AUAA titles, three Atlantic Bowls (1988, 1990 and 1992) and appeared in three Vanier Cups. As Athletic Director from 1995-2002, Uteck’s Huskies claimed two Vanier Cups (2001 and 2002) and won four (1999 to 2004) of an eventual six consecutive Atlantic University Sport conference championships. Uteck passed away in 2002. The Atlantic Bowl was renamed the Uteck Bowl in 2003.

Uteck also had a seven-year professional career in the CFL.  As a defensive back, he played for the Argonauts (1974-76), BC Lions (1977), Montreal Alouettes (1978-1980) and Ottawa Rough Riders (1980).  He was named an East Division all-star in 1975 and 1976.

Also, the Class of 2020 comprises offensive linemen Clyde Brock and Freddie Childress, quarterbacks Henry Burris and Greg Vavra, and former Calgary Stampeders Head Coach and current President and General Manager John Hufnagel.

Congratulations to the entire Class of 2020.

Canadian Football Hall of Fame (CFHOF) and Museum Press Release

He was an Argo: Bill McFarlane

(July 13, 2020) The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to learn of the passing of one of its own, Bill McFarlane. He was 90.

Bill was drafted first overall in the 1954 CFL Draft by the Argonauts. He went on to play three seasons at halfback/end with the Double Blue (1954-56). The Hamilton native notably made 10 interceptions in his rookie season with the Argos. Bill was a member of the undefeated Yates Cup winning 1951 Varsity Blues team at the University of Toronto which was recently inducted into the U of T Sports Hall of Fame.

Private family service and interment was held, with plans for a Celebration of Life to follow when safe to do so. If you wish, memorial donations may be made to ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton-Halton. Condolences may be made at www.dbburlington.ca.

In Memorium
All-Time Roster

Alumni memories

This photo takes us on a trip down memory lane back to the 1989 CFL season.  Bruce Elliott (35), Jearld Baylis (99) and Glenn Kulka are seen here gettin’ after some Rough Riders in Ottawa.  This was the first season of Harry Ornest’s ownership (note the helmet logo), and the first season the Argos had played their home games at SkyDome.

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All-Time Roster: Now up-to-date!

If you ever played a single game for the Argos, you will find yourself on this list all the way from D.S. Abbott to Morris Zubkewych. Take a walk down memory lane…
Argo Alumni All-Time Roster

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