Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association

Adam Rita Still Enjoying His Passion

(May 30, 2020 – cfl.ca) When Adam Rita was coaching the Toronto Argonauts to a 1991 Grey Cup title, and the offensive coordinator on the 1996 Grey Cup team, he did not lose sight of the promise he made to himself that he would retire from professional coaching when he turned 65.  When he turned 65, he retired from professional coaching.  That was seven years ago.  So what is he doing in retirement?  Coaching football, of course.  This time though, in Europe.

In the past seven years, Adam’s passion has taken him back and forth between Canada and Europe several times.  His first job was in Prague, before returning to Canada with Trinity College School in Port Hope.  In 2014, he went back Europe to coach the Calanda Broncos in Switzerland, before coming back to Canada to coach at Clarkson Secondary School in Mississauga.  In 2016, he headed to Italy to coach the Bergamo Lions; a team he wanted to coach.

“Personally, I wouldn’t pass this experience up for anything,” Rita said. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve done a lot of great things in my life. In fact, I tell my wife I’m the luckiest guy in the world — I get to do what I love to do.”

Full story at cfl.ca
Argo coaching records

He was an Argo: Marv Luster

(May 25, 2020) The Association is saddened to learn that All-Time Argo Marv Luster has passed away. He was 82.

This ferocious defensive back was an Eastern all-star seven straight years as an Argo (1966-72) and CFL all-star six times in total. Marv was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1990, and he was honoured as an All-Time Argo in 1998. He was named to the All- Time Argo depth chart at safety in 2007.

Marv was selected originally by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960 NFL Draft. He starred as a defensive back in the CFL for 14 years with the Argos (1964-72) and Montreal. With the Alouettes he won the 1974 Grey Cup. In 2006, he was voted 35th of the CFL’s Top 50 players of the league’s modern era by TSN.

Marv had been living in the Atlanta area.

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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Randy Ambrosie statement

(April 7, 2020) The Canadian Football League issued a statement Tuesday morning regarding the updated measures to help ensure public health and safety, acknowledging that the 2020 season won’t start before the beginning of July.

Full statement on cfl.ca

Our COVID-19 Preparedness and Support Commitment

(March 24, 2020) The mounting number of COVID-19 cases across the country represents a significant health and economic threat to businesses, communities and Canadians everywhere.  As an association, we are wholly committed to the health and well-being of our members and their families and our partners – and never more so than at this moment in time.

Acting on the guidance and precautionary measures of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, the Association has taken strong action to help slow down the spread of the virus.

As at March 19, 2020, the Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association decided to postpone its annual reunion until a later date.

After further deliberations, the Association is announcing the cancellation of its 2020 Annual Golf Tournament amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The challenges are complex, but we have a great deal of trust that we will continue to take care of each other and get through this together.

Be well, stay safe, and know that despite social distancing, the Double Blue family is always connected.

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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