Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association
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SPRING REUNION is Wednesday, April 17
Royal Woodbine Golf Club
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He was an Argo: Forrest Gregg
Forrest Gregg, who earned the nickname “Iron Man” for playing in a then-record 188 consecutive NFL games during his Hall of Fame career, died Friday at the age of 85, it was announced. Gregg was head coach of the Toronto Argonauts in 1979 and also the CFL’s Shreveport Pirates in 1994 and 1995.
He went on to coach the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Packers, compiling a record of 75-85-1 over 11 seasons. He led Cincinnati to the Super Bowl after the 1981 season, where the Bengals lost to San Francisco 26-21.
He was an Argo: Lee Sampson
(March 26, 2019) The Argonauts Alumni Association has lost another of our own. Lee Sampson played end with the Argonauts in 1964, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1965. Lee was born in Memphis Feb. 16, 1939. He was 82.
Matt Black announces retirement
(March 20, 2019) The Toronto Argonauts announced that defensive back Matt Black has retired from professional football.
Black was born and raised in Toronto and spent his entire 10-year career with the Double Blue after being selected in the sixth round of the 2008 CFL Draft. The defensive back reached the pinnacle of the sport twice during his career, winning Grey Cup championships with the Argos in 2012 and 2017. His first Grey Cup title was won on home turf at the Rogers Centre and his second ring ended on one of the most memorable plays in Grey Cup history. It was Black, released by the team midseason and re-signed later, who came soaring through the snowy November air for a Grey Cup-sealing interception in the end zone with 20 seconds left on the clock. Over 127 games played for the Argos, the Saginaw Valley State product tallied 153 defensive tackles, 83 special teams tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, two touchdowns and two forced fumbles. His 21 special teams tackles in 2012 were good for fourth-best in the CFL that year.
A natural leader in the locker room and role model away from the field, Black has been a constant presence in his community, time and again making a difference any way he can. He was honoured in 2016 with the CFL’s Jake Gaudaur Veterans’ Award, an award given to a Canadian CFL player who best demonstrates the attributes of Canada’s veterans through strength, perseverance, courage, camaraderie and contribution to Canadian communities. Black’s community initiatives include: 10 years with the Huddle Up Bullying Prevention program, ambassador at MLSE Launchpad, Canadian Tire JumpStart, Make the Call: Ending violence against women, Level the Playing Field program, the Goodlife Argo-cise program, Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinners, book launch programs at schools and past spokesperson for Canadian Blood Services.
Matt will be continuing his career in Double Blue by entering the front office in a football operations and player relations capacity.
He was an Argo: Ken Foster
(January 23, 2019) Ken Foster, who played for the Argos in 1954-55 passed away December 12, 2018. He was 89.
Ken had been ill for some time and we had moved to Vancouver Island. His first loyalty always remained with the Argonauts, despite him later working as game videographer for the rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats for several years.
He was an Argo: Bill Graham
(January 16, 2019) The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened by the news that former Boatman Bill Graham passed away Tuesday. The association has lost a lost a dear friend and teammate.
Bill played in the CFL with Calgary and BC as well as Toronto. He played for the Argos in 1959-1960. He retired from football to join his brothers in growing their family business “Graham Brothers” to one of Ontario’s largest independent heavy equipment construction contracting companies.
Bill is a member of several Halls of Fame including Brampton Sports Hall of Fame, the Ontario Road Builders Association Hall of Fame and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Bill will be sadly missed by his family, friends and Argos brothers.
Former Argo standout Steinauer named as Ticats head coach
(December 3, 2018) The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Monday that former Argonauts defensive standout Orlondo Steinauer (2001-2008) has been named the 26th head coach in Ticats history. June Jones will return to the football club next season as associate head coach and offensive coordinator.
“After working closely with Orlondo last season, it was obvious to me that he’s ready to take the next step in his career and become a head coach in the CFL,” said Jones. “He’s earned this opportunity and the time was now. I made a decision that in order to put our best foot forward and bring a Grey Cup championship back to Hamilton, we needed to keep him here and expand his role. Winning is the most important thing and I’m excited about our great opportunity for success in 2019 with Orlondo returning as head coach.”
Liebrock: First Kelowna high school team to win a provincial championship
Chuck Liebrock played on the Argos O-Line in 1968 and 1969, and with the Bombers 1970-77
(Nov. 27, 2018) “What a wonderful way, to end a perfect season: the Kelowna Secondary Junior Varsity Owls completed their 2018 season — undefeated, scoring over 330 points in offence, while allowing only 40 points defensively.
“We had an incredible group of dedicated, knowledgeable, totally invested coaches, who spent hours, patiently, respectively, and tirelessly, working with as I’ve said, an undersized group of football players, whose speed and quickness was unmatched as a group.
NFL Jaguars promote Milanovich to offensive coordinator
(Nov. 26, 2018) In a press conference on Monday afternoon, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said that quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich will move up to take on offensive coordinator responsibilities. That includes calling plays for a unit now being quarterbacked by Cody Kessler.
Milanovich joined the Jaguars last year after spending five years as the head coach of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. The Argonauts won a Grey Cup in Milanovich’s first year on the job and the Jacksonville gig is his first in the NFL.
Milanovich was a starting quarterback at the University of Maryland in the 1990s and he played one game for the Buccaneers in 1996.
Alumni, club in mourning for Murray Sullivan
(Nov. 15, 2018) It is with sadness and great love that we announce Murray’s passing on November 11, 2018 after a fall at home and brief hospital stay. Murray was dedicated husband to Barbara (nee Ferrie), father to Kathy, Ian, Trish (Michael & Sarah) and Lisa (Valentine), grandfather to Jack, Sydney, Nigel, and Holly, good friend, and affectionately known as “Big Mur“ to many. Murray played for the Toronto Argonauts in 1945 and 1946.
Obituary: Sullivan, Murray
Alumni, club mourning the passing of Arnie Stocks
(Nov. 14, 2018 – argonauts.ca) One of the last surviving members of the iconic “Mud Bowl” passed away in Toronto over the weekend.
Arnie Stocks, 91, was a defensive back for the Argos in their 13-0 win over Winnipeg on November 25, 1950 at Varsity Stadium in the 38th Grey Cup game. He had one interception in that legendary contest. Stocks also played running back in his tenure with the Argos.
Stocks, a Toronto native and product of the Toronto Junior Argonauts, played two seasons for the Double Blue, as well as one season with the Calgary Stampeders.
The Toronto Argonauts Football Club and the Argo Alumni Association would like to express condolences to his family and friends.
Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame comes calling for Bud
(Oct. 27, 2018) The Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting our own Bud Fowler on Thursday. Inductees for the 2018 induction ceremony include 91 year-old Bud (Argos 1950-53, with the Grey Cup champions in the 1950 Mud Bowl) in the Legends category, Geno Reda (Media), Joanne Noble (President & Chair), Rod Toner (
…And Canada’s Sports Hall calls for Damon
Bud’s induction caps an incredible month for former Argos as Damon Allen was inducted by the Canada Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 18.
Peter Martin visits the Shipyard
(Oct. 12, 2018) Longtime Double Blue linebacker, broadcaster and former Alumni president Peter Martin met fans in the Argo Shipyard prior to the game Oct. 12, 2018 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
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.