Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association
Meet GM Pinball!
“I informed Jim yesterday afternoon that we do not plan to renew his agreement when it expires at the end of the year,” said Argos President Bill Manning. “To get a head start on the transition, Jim will relinquish his GM duties now but will remain available to assist our ownership and executive team through December 31st.”
In addition, John Murphy was named vice president of player personnel and will work closely with Clemons on the roster.
Clemons is one of the most legendary figures in Argonauts history and his contributions on the field and in the front office are countless. Known affectionately as “Pinball”, Clemons played twelve seasons in Double Blue where he was one of the most prolific players in Canadian Football League history, setting a league record for most combined yards all-time in the regular season with 25,438 yards while winning three Grey Cup championships as a player. He would serve twice as Head Coach of the Argos where he earned the second-most wins in team history with 67 while adding another Grey Cup championship in 2004. He also served as Argos team president from November 2001 to September 2002 and Chief Executive Officer of the team from December 2007 to November 2008 before being appointed Vice Chair of the team in May 2009, a role he has held since.
In memorium: Bob Kotzer
The association is saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Kotzer.
September 17, 1952 – September 5, 2019
Beloved husband of Gloria Piercey Kotzer
Loving father to Lauren Hayley Kotzer
Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend, Confidant, Colleague, Mentor
Celebration of Life
Thursday, October 3, 2019
4:30 – 7:30 pm
Argonaut Rowing Club, Toronto
Terry Greer is a Hall of Famer
(Aug. 9, 2019) Legendary Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Terry Greer has been inducted by the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Greer played in Toronto from 1980-85 when an overlapping CFL career created a memorable pass-catch tandem with quarterback Condredge Holloway, a fellow Hall of Famer. Terry went on to success in the NFL with Cleveland (1986), San Francisco (1987-89) and Detroit (1990). He won a Grey Cup with the Argos (1983) and two Super Bowls with the 49ers (1988 and 1989). Other members of that 1983 Argo team that won the first Grey Cup for the franchise since 1952 that are already in the Hall: President Ralph Sazio, Head Coach Bob O’Billovich, offensive lineman Dan Ferrone, Holloway and punter Hank Ilesic.
Greer was joined as a 2019 inductee by David Williams who played for five teams in the CFL from 1988 to 1995: the BC Lions in 1988-89, Ottawa Rough Riders in 1990, Edmonton Eskimos in 1991, the Argos in 1991-92 and Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1993 to 1995. Williams was a member of the 1991 Grey Cup champion Argos squad.
Saluting Terry at his induction festivities at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field were former 1983 Argos Steve Ackroyd, Bob Bronk, Ferrone (who made the presentation), Hank Ilesic, Paul Pearson, Geoff Townsend, trainer Fred Dunbar and equipment manager Danny Webb.
Argos in the Hall of Fame
Finally the kid is in the hall (Hogan)
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Communities rally for Kirwan after home fire
(July 18, 2019) Andre Kirwan (Argos 1997-2001), a member of the 1996 and 1997 Grey Cup Championship teams, has suffered a tremendous loss. While at home during the evening hours a random aerial firework landed atop of his house and unfortunately his home and belongings were destroyed. Virtually everything was decimated by the fire including the things that carried the most sentimental valuable for him — his CFL football memorabilia.
Andre lives in Tampa and the community in Tampa has come together to support him in his loss. Given all that was lost, Andre was most distraught about his football memorabilia. As we all know, the things that we accumulate over the years while playing are often irreplaceable, and it is tough to replace things of this nature.
Andre and his family would greatly appreciate any direction, help and or assistance you are willing to provide. They are seeking any photos of that era, jerseys or autographed footballs by his teammates, old game day programs, etc.
If you are able to contribute financially:
For further information, contact: Dinavon Bythwood by email at: email@example.com
At the game: Wiltshire and Winters
(July 6, 2019) Kelly Witshire (Argos 1997-99) and Chuck Winters (Argos 2003-08) met fans at the Argo Shipyard on Saturday.
Bill Graham honoured by The Jockey Club
(April 26, 2019) Bill Graham (Argos 1959-60) was posthumously awarded last week with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit for his life long dedication and commitment to Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding in Canada by The Jockey Club of Canada. Bill Graham passed away on January 15, 2019 at the age of 81 and is dearly missed by his family, friends and the North American Thoroughbred community.
He was an Argo: Bill Myers
(April 26, 2019) Sadly the alumni association has learned of the death of Bill Myers, who played for the Argos in 1945-46 (both Grey Cup seasons) and again in 1948. He will be missed by the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Janet (“Jenny” nee McNeil). He is survived by his children Lynn (Steve Doyle), Lee (Steve Brandt), Tracy (Myron Makepeace), son Brian and grandchildren Brian and Annie Brandt, Scott Doyle, Chloe and Kailen Makepeace.
Greer, Williams to be inducted into hall of fame
(April 24, 2019) Two former Argonaut receivers have been named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019: Terry Greer and David Williams.
Greer is regarded as one of the best players in Argo history. The native of Memphis, TN– and product of Alabama State University – spent all six of his CFL seasons in Toronto (1980-85), recording four 1,000-yard campaigns and was named an East All-Star in each of those years as well as a CFL All-Star in ’82- ‘83. For the speedy receiver 1983 proved to be his most memorable season. Greer finished with 113 catches for 2,003 receiving yards, the first pro player to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark. Greer recorded three-consecutive games with at least 200-receiving yards, set a league record of 16 catches in a game (now shared by four players), averaged 125.2 yards per game (second all-time), and capped it off by helping the Argos win their first Grey Cup in 31 years. Over 82 games, Greer caught 404 passes for 6,817 yards and 47 touchdowns.
Williams played one season with the Argos in the 1991 Grey Cup campaign. He was the League’s Most Outstanding Player with BC in 1988 after posting 83 receptions for 1,469 yards and 18 touchdowns, spent parts of two seasons in Double Blue (1991-92). The Los Angeles native was a four-time CFL All-Star (BC ‘88-’89, TOR ’91, WPG ’93) and two-time CFL All-Star (’88, ’93). Williams was acquired mid-way though the 1991 season and added even more firepower to the league’s eventual Grey Cup champions, scoring six touchdowns in seven games with Toronto. The receiver finished his Hall of Fame career with 439 receptions, 7,197 yards, and 78 touchdowns in 101 games played, including four 1,000-yard seasons.
Formal inductions will be held in Hamilton later this year.
5th annual golf event in memory of Keith Kelly
Keith Kelly, who played with the Argonauts in the 1990 and 1991 seasons, sadly passed away in 2015. A golf fundraiser will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Glenn Eagle Golf Club, 15731 Peel Regional Rd. 50, Bolton. Golf tickets include are $135 and include breakfast and lunch.
If you would like further information, please contact Mike Wilson at 647-746-9669, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving Hope gala info
It is always good to hear from members of the Argo alumni fraternity. In this case it’s our 1983 teammate Lyall Wosnesensky reaching out via Steve Ackroyd (1978 to 1984).
The Save Your Skin Foundation is hosting their 2nd annual Giving Hope Gala and Auction in Toronto on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. This year they will kick off Melanoma Awareness Month to increase awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer and ocular melanoma, to raise funds to support the work of the foundation and the patients they help, and to unify collaborative efforts of involved stakeholders nationwide.
Join us for a casual evening of buffet-style tapas and served hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts, and our signature cocktail – all while supporting an important cause. The fun will include an interactive photo booth, silent auction, informative presentations, music and dancing, printed takeaways, and a goodie bag! Full information, and to order tickets: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/save-your-skin-foundation/events/giving-hope-gala-auction-2019/
All ticket purchases and donations made will receive a tax receipt.
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.