Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association
Video: The memorable 1971 Argonauts
(Aug. 25, 2018) The ’71 Argos was a team that captured the imagination of the city of Toronto like no CFL team has before or since. A team “made up of characters with character,” huge on talent and with the swagger to match. This team may have been the most popular Argos team, but we like to think of these guys as the most notorious bunch of characters that ever played in the CFL. The team had such mystique, that a film “Mavericks: They were a The Story of the 1971 Argos” by Christie Callan-Jones was made and featured on TSN during the 2012 Grey Cup period.
These guys all loved the game of football, playing together, the city of Toronto and for a coach none of them (or the rest of us) will ever forget.
Alumnus Bryan Crawford to head up Canadian Open
(July 27, 2018 – thespec.com) OAKVILLE — When Canada’s biggest golf event returns to Ancaster next June, Bryan Crawford will be able to walk to work. Like his grandfather did.
The former football star for Queen’s University played for the Argos from 2005-11. He officially began his tenure as Golf Canada’s RBC Canadian Open tournament director last week.
At this week’s Open at Glen Abbey, his title is virtually in name only as he’s heavy into information-gathering mode, inhaling the structure, logistics, nuances and contacts of his new job, while Bill Paul, Golf Canada’s chief championship officer, orchestrates what might be the last of the Abbey Opens.
Alumni featured at the Edmonton game
(July 7, 2018) Argo legends Damon Allen (2003-07) and Hank Ilesic (1983-89, 1990-93) participated in the ceremonies prior to the Argonauts 20-17 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos. Both played for the Argos and Esks in their distinguished CFL careers. Also in attendance in the alumni suite was Mike Campbell (1989-94).
At the home opener
(June 23, 2018) Argo legends Bob Bronk (1982-86) and Mike Eben (1968-69, 1971-77) greet fans at the Argo Shipyard prior to the 2018 home opener vs. the Calgary Stampeders. Argonauts alumni will be featured each game under the new ownership of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.
Photo by Robert Thompson.
Keith Kelly memorial tournament
(May 31, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com) A fundraising golf tournament held in memory of the late Keith Kelly (Argos 1990-91) will be held at Glen Eagle Golf Club Saturday, June 16.
Full event details
Alumnus Shell hailed as a hero
(May 10, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, firstcoastnews.com) Former Argo Lin-J Shell (2009-11), currently the physical education teacher at a Jacksonville high school, is being hailed a hero after his quick thinking prevented a possible tragedy.
More at firstcoastnews.com
Damon Allen called to (another) Hall
(April 26, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, cfl.ca) Damon Allen has been named to the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame as part of its 2018 class. He was inducted by the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Allen, a four-time Grey Cup Champion, was one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the Canadian game. He is currently second in all-time professional football passing yards and second in all-time CFL passing yards. He is also pro football’s combined passing and rushing leader with a total of 84,301 yards.
The 54-year-old spend six seasons (1985-88 and 1993-94) with the Edmonton Eskimos, 1989-91 with the Ottawa Rough Riders, 1992 with Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Memphis Mad Dogs (1995), 1996-2002 with the BC Lions and his final five seasons with the Argonauts (2003-07) over his illustrious career. He finished his career with an incredible total of 72,831 passing yards and 394 passing touchdowns. The San Diego native announced that his retirement as a player on May 28, 2008.
Allen, Damon in all-time roster
He was an Argo: Rob Forbes
(April 6, 2018) Rob Forbes, an Argo running back in 1983-84, passed away on March 25, 2018 at the age of 61. Rob passed peacefully from a long term brain injury at the Rekai Centre in Toronto.
Predeceased by his parents Nora and Kenneth, Rob is survived by his children Meghan (Dylan), Calder(Mike); grandchildren Jacob and Connor; his siblings Ken(Fran), Marg (George deceased), Mary(Pete), Jim(Denice). Rob played football for the Calgary Stampeders, Toronto Argonauts and had a career working in the film industry. In honour of Rob there will be a future gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life. In memory of Rob, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
Two more Boatmen to enter Hall
(March 22, 2018 – cfhof.ca/ArgoAlumni.com) Hank Ilesic, Frank Cosentino, Scott Flory, the late Tommy Hugo, Brent Johnson and Barron Miles are headed to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as professional players while Cosentino will join them as a builder and Paul Brûlé will be so honoured for his amateur playing career, it was announced on Wednesday at Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field. The group will be officially inducted in the fall at an event in Hamilton.
More at cfhof.ca
Argos in the hall of fame
Photo of the month: 1970 Grey Cup
The 58th Grey Cup was played November 28, 1970, before 32,669 fans at CNE Stadium at Toronto. The Montreal Alouettes defeated the Calgary Stampeders 23-10. The game was marred by woeful field conditions, as throughout the contest several sections of the natural-grass surface came away in chunks. As was customary in the day, the ever-stylish prime minister Pierre E. Trudeau was in attendance. In this image, he descends down the steps to his seat in the grandstand.
He was an Argo: Leo Cahill
(Feb. 16, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, TorontoSun.com) Beloved former Argo coach Leo Cahill has passed away. He was 89. There was no one on the Toronto sports landscape quite like Leo, not before him, not after him. Not ever.
More at TorontoSun.com: Former Argos coach Leo Cahill dies at 89
Statement from the Commissioner
What you may not know about this Super Bowl champ
(February 5, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, PhillyMag.com, FresnoBee.com) Mychal Kendricks is a Super Bowl champion after his Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis on Sunday.
Kendricks started Sunday at outside linebacker and recorded his first solo tackle in the first quarter. He was also in on plays in the second quarter and fourth quarter.
Mychal is the eldest son of Marv Kendricks who played running back with the Argonauts in 1973. Marv attended UCLA and played for the Bruins in ’70 and ’71.
More at FresnoBee.com
He was an Argo: Jim Stillwagon
(February 4, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com) Jim Stillwagon (February 11, 1949 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio – February 4, 2018) was a former Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman and all-star American college player.
One of the two Jims (Corrigall the other) who dominated the Toronto Argonauts defensive line in the 1970s. Jim earned four CFL all-star selections and named to the All-Time depth chart in 2007 at Defensive Tackle.
Jim Stillwagon Obituary
Steinauer key part of one of college football’s biggest turnarounds
(Jan. 24, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, The Hamilton Spectator) Orlondo Steinauer has pretty much been a success everywhere he has gone in football. He was a 12-year CFL player (Argos 2001-08), a two-time Grey Cup champ and a five-time All-Canadian selection. As a defensive coach (Argos 2010-12), he won another Grey Cup with the Argos.
They — in the ‘most people’ sense of the word — said he was an “unorthodox hire,” by Fresno State University in 2017, but a year later they’re saying: “Who needs orthodox?”
Steinauer and the rest of the second-year Fresno State Bulldogs’ football coaching staff have become one of the most important assets on the central California campus.
More on thespec.com
Mack welcomed into HS hall
(Jan. 16, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, Herald-Banner) Gene Mack, a talented all-around athlete, was recently inducted into the Greenville (TX) Athletic Hall of Honor.
Gene and Patsy Jefferson (volleyball/track/basketball) took their places in the Hall and then were recognized before the Greenville Lions’ home football game against Texas High in October.
Mack excelled in football, basketball and track and field at Carver in Greenville before transferring to Greenville High School in 1967. He went on to earn all-conference honors as a defensive end at Texas-El Paso and then all-star honors as a linebacker in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts.
Mack, who has gone on to a long and distinguished acting career, talked about the rough start to his football career at Carver.
“The first day I went out for football I broke my leg,” he said.
Rashovich turns back the hands of time
(Jan. 9, 2018 – Regina Leader-Post) Damaged digits are a lasting reminder of 16 years as a linebacker and special-teams ace in the Canadian Football League — an experience that, despite the various souvenirs of on-field combat, he will always treasure.
“I loved trying to be the best you could be,” the 57-year-old Rashovich, who spent his final 13 CFL seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, said in the living room of his south Regina home. He also played in 1985 and 1986 with the Toronto Argonauts.
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