Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association
Sowieta hits back after diagnosis
(Jan. 16, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Former Argo (1977-78) and Ottawa Rough Rider linebacker Rick Sowieta is facing the battle of his life after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Rick played 10 seasons in the CFL including eight years in Ottawa. He was a CFL Eastern All Star in 1980, 1983, and 1985.
Story (OttawaCitizen.com): ‘I’m a fighter’: Ex-Rough Rider Rick Sowieta hits back after cancer diagnosis
To donate: YouCaring.Com
Steinauer off to Fresno State
(Dec. 29, 2016 – ArgoAlumni.com) Former Argo player (2001-08) and coach (2010-12) Orlondo Steinauer will be the new defensive coordinator of the Fresno State Bulldogs in NCAA Division I college football. Steinauer, 43, was defensive coordinator of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the past four seasons. His CFL playing career spanned 12 seasons from 1996-2008 with Ottawa Rough Riders, the Ticats and Argos.
He finished his career second all-time in CFL history for interception return yards with 1,178. Steinauer was a two-time Grey Cup champion as a player after winning in 1999 with the Tiger-Cats and in 2004 with the Argonauts. He has also won a championship as a coach, winning the 100th Grey Cup as the defensive backs coach for the Argonauts in 2012.
Gene Mack wants to hear from you
(December 24, 2016 – ArgoAlumni.com) Recently, Gene Mack (Argo LB 1971-75) had surgery to remove a foot and is recuperating in hospital.
Gene is doing well and working hard at getting back home and to work making all those commercials and movies. His spirits are high and he asked us to post this notice for everyone and he is happy to see and/or chat over the phone with alumni.
Many of us have been to see or called him already. He can be reached at 416-243-3600 extension 3160.
To visit, or write to Gene:
WestPark Health Care Centre
82 Buttonwood Avenue (area of Jane Street, south of Weston Road)
Release still leaves bitter taste in Sam’s mouth
On the 10th anniversary of the death of P.K. Sam’s father, the veteran receiver lashed out at how Nick Saban, the former Dolphins head coach now leading Alabama, handled the matter
(Dec. 20, 2016 – Canadian Press) Family has helped ease P.K. Sam II’s pain, but not his anger toward Nick Saban.
Sam’s father died father died Dec. 14, 2006, at the age of 49, just more than a month after being diagnosed with cancer. The disease robbed Sam, then 23, of the opportunity to further bond with the man who helped him believe he could excel in athletics.
Full story: The Globe and Mail
He was an Argo: Wayne Smith
(Dec. 14, 2016 – Globe and Mail) Having never played high school or college football, Wayne Smith defied the odds and went on to become a CFL defensive all-star during his 12-year career in professional football.
In 1969, at the age of 19, Mr. Smith joined the Ottawa Rough Riders with little more than ambition and raw athletic talent. His only experience was playing briefly for a small football team in his hometown of Halifax. But Mr. Smith, who died in his sleep at his Halifax home on Nov. 27 at the age of 66, after suffering complications from diabetes, would quickly establish himself as a quick, ambitious force within the league, playing for five teams and winning two Grey Cups.
Full story: The Globe and Mail
Pinball and Peter Martin named CFL Alumni men of the year
(Nov. 25, 2016 – Argonauts.ca staff) The CFL Alumni Association (CFLAA) announced that former Toronto Argonaut players Michael “Pinball” Clemons and Peter Martin were the co-winners of the CFL Alumni Man of the Year Award. The CFLAA presented the prestigious award to the two outstanding Argonauts alumni during the Grey Festival at the popular CFL Legends Luncheon held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Jason Colero honoured for his 32 years of community work
(Nov. 24, 2016 – cfl.ca staff) An “unsung hero” was recognized for more than three decades of dedicated service to the Toronto Argonauts, the community and causes that serve youth.
Jason Colero, the Argos’ Director of Education and Community Programs, was honoured with the Commissioner’s Award, presented each year to an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the development of football in Canada.
Full story: cfl.ca
Surgery for former Argo Bob Skemp
Family of former Argo Offensive Guard Bob Skemp contacted the Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association to advise us that Bob recently had surgery that didn’t go so well. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob and his family.
Boston Herald: Hall of Fame fumbles with Flutie
(Sept. 21, 2016 – Boston Herald)
I need a break from politics before the first debate between the same candidates I’ve been inundated with for the past year. So let’s talk football; specifically, Doug Flutie.
Flutie is up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is among 94 nominees, a list that will be whittled down to between four and eight awarded the honor.
Will Doug win? Not a chance. Should he? Yes.
Full story: Boston Herald
Adam Rita jets off to Italy
(Aug. 17, 2016 – American Football International) The winner of six Grey Cup titles in the Canadian Football League as a head coach, coordinator and general manager, Adam Rita is heading back to Europe to take the reins as head coach ofItaly’s Bergamo Lions.
Rita is no stranger to football in Europe. A Hawaii native and Boise State alum, he has also coached the Prague Black Panthers in the Czech Republic (2012) and Switzerland’s Calanda Broncos (2014).
Full story: American Football Intl.
He was an Argo: Danny Nykoluk
(August 2, 2016 – ArgoAlumni.com) It is with heavy hearts we share the very sad news of the passing of legendary tackle Danny Nykoluk at the age of 82. He passed away in Oshawa last Friday.
Danny played for the Argos for 16 seasons and a total of 204 games which stands second only to Don Moen for games played with the team. Memorial arrangements are pending.
Golf Fun Day 2016
(June 17, 2016 – ArgoAlumni.com) The 18th annual Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association Fun Day was held once again at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Georgetown on June 6.
He was an Argo: Reverend Bob Rumball
(June 17, 2016 – ArgoAlumni.com) The Reverend Robert Rumball passed away peacefully on June 1, 2016.