Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association

Alumnus Chuck Ealey tops Toledo’s All-Century team

(Sept. 20, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Former Argo quarterback Chuck Ealey was recently recognized as a member of his alma mater’s All-Century team at the University of Toledo.

RonFanfair.com: Ex-CFL star Chuck Ealey tops Toledo’s All-Century team

Chuck Ealey

Congratulations O’Sh

(Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL)

(Sept. 14, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association salutes former Argo player (1996-99, 2001-08) and assistant coach (2010-13) Mike O’Shea, a member of the 2017 Induction Class into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Mike, a North Bay, ON native,  has been the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers since 2014. Mike will be inducted in a class that also includes fellow CFL legends Stan Schwartz (builder), Geroy Simon, Brian Towriss (builder), Anthony Calvillo and Kelvin Anderson.

North Bay Nugget: Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction in Hamilton

BayToday.ca: New Canadian Football Hall of Famer handed out a lot of North Bay thank-you’s

He was an Argo: Rick Sowieta

(August 26, 2017 – Ottawa Citizen) A bit more than seven months ago, Rick Sowieta’s words came slowly, but there was great determination in his voice.
“I … want … to … live.”
Ottawa Citizen: Sowieta battled cancer to the end
Obituary

Remembering Dr. Shklar

Jerry Shklar

(August 18, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) It is with great sadness that we pass along the news that Dr. Jerry Shklar, Argonauts team physician from 1977-90, has passed away. He was 76.

Fred Dunbar, head trainer through nearly all of Dr. Shklar’s seasons with the Argos, said: “He was a well-read man on the subjects of History, Sports and Medicine, and to top it off he was a gentleman in the finest way. He treated the players with great dignity. He was great to work with because he understood Canadian football. He was one of a kind that is for sure. He also was a great friend for over 40 years.”

Dr. Jaroslav (Jerry) Oleh Shklar July 23, 1941 – August 16, 2017
Visitation at Turner & Porter – Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street, West, Toronto, ON M6S 1P4 – Wednesday, 23 August 2017, 12 noon – 4 pm AND 6 – 9 pm. A panachyda service will be held at 7:30 pm Wednesday.
Funeral at Turner & Porter – Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street, West, Toronto, ON M6S 1P4 –
Thursday, 24 August 2017, 10 am
Interment at Prospect Cemetery

Argos celebrate back-to-back champs

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(July 13, 2017 – argonauts.ca) When the Toronto Argonauts took on the Ottawa Redblacks at BMO Field for Monday night football on July 24, the Argos celebrated the 20th anniversary of the ’96-’97 back-to-back Grey Cup championship teams.  Fans in attendance received a Doug Flutie Bobblehead at the gates. The bobblehead was modeled after the historic photo of Flutie wearing red glass cutter gloves during the ‘Snow Bowl’ Grey Cup in 1996 in Hamilton.

More on argonauts.ca
Flutie to be named an All-Time Argo (July 17, 2017)
Flutie named an All-Time Argo (TSN)
1996-97 Grey Cup Champions reunion gallery

 

Commissioner Ambrosie!

Argo alumnus named CFL boss

(July 5, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Randy Ambrosie has been chosen as the 14th commissioner of the CFL.Randy is a veteran of the business world and the CFL. He was selected with the second overall pick in the 1985 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders. Over the course of a nine-season career, he played in 142 professional games and became a Grey Cup champion. Ambrosie played college football at the University of Manitoba. Randy was an offensive lineman with the Boatmen in 1987-88, and also played with Calgary (1985-87) and Edmonton Eskimos (1989-93). He earned a Grey Cup ring with the Eskimos in 1993.

Grey Cup Champion and business leader Randy Ambrosie is the new Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.
More on CFL.ca: CFL appoints Randy Ambrosie as Commissioner

Coach Matthews will be missed

(June 15, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Hall of Fame CFL and Argo coach Don Matthews passed away Wednesday. He will be known as one of the greatest coaches and motivators in league history. He was a five-time winner of the Annis Stukus Trophy as the CFL coach-of-the-year, and he coached several of the greatest teams in CFL history.

Don Landry on cfl.ca: The brilliant, headstrong, playful mind of Don Matthews
Mike Hogan on argonauts.ca: The loss of a legend
Argonauts Coaching Records

Golf Fun Day

(June 5, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) The inclement weather held off, and the fun was on. Review the day in pictures.
2017 Argo Alumni Golf Fun Day

Wayne Smith retires

(April 28, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) After 12 seasons in the Canadian Football League, offensive lineman Wayne Smith has announced his retirement from professional football. Originally selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats first overall in the in the 2014 CFL Draft, Smith went on to suit up for 183 regular season games, eight playoff games and one Grey Cup over a 12-year span with the Tabbies, Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Toronto Argonauts.

Full story (argonauts.ca): Argos OL Wayne Smith announces retirement

Grey Cup 2017 alumni ticket offer

(April 19, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) The Grey Cup Game is back in the Nation’s capital. The 105th Grey Cup game will be played in TD Place Stadium in Ottawa on Sunday, November 26.
CFL Alumni Association members are being given the privilege to access a special pre-sale window to purchase game tickets. As you will have a limited amount of time to purchase, please read this story in its entirety so that you are aware of the details surrounding this access window.
105th Grey Cup Alumni Ticket Offer

Brad Elberg joins law firm

(April 12, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Brad Elberg (Argonauts player from 1999-2002) has joined the Toronto law firm of Allen McDonald Swartz LLP business lawyers. Regina born and raised, Elberg was Saskatchewan’s first round selection, #2 overall, in the 1993 CFL Draft. The product of the Queen’s Golden Gaels was coming home even though they weren’t quite Canada’s Team.
Elberg profile on cfl.ca

Kevin Eiben returns to handle Argo special teams

(March 22, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Toronto Argonauts Head Coach Marc Trestman announced the team’s coaching staff for the 2017 season today and it includes longtime Argo linebacker Kevin Eiben. As a player, the Argos 2001 CFL Draft pick was named a League all-star on three occasions, East Division All-Star five times, and played a key role in the Argonauts 2004 Grey Cup championship.
Full story

Help save Leo Cahill

(March 16, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Former Toronto Argonauts head coach and general manager Leo Cahill is gravely ill and in need of financial help with medical expenses. Please help if you can.
To donate: GoFundMe

JOGO: Back for 2017

(March 16, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Started in 2013, the CFL Alumni Card Series has grown as a result of the response by the several former CFL players. In 2016, the JOGO CFL Alumni Card Series 15 featured 308 CFL alumni cards.
Full story: 2017 JOGO CFL alumni card series

Popp, Trestman to lead Boatmen

(Feb. 28, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) President and CEO Michael Copeland announced that Jim Popp and Marc Trestman have been hired to lead the Argos in 2017.  Popp becomes the Argos’ 19th General Manager and Trestman its 43rd Head Coach.
Full story (argonauts.ca): Popp and Trestman to lead new era of Argos football
Team history
Coaching records
It’s time to renew your alumni membership for 2017!

In Memorium: Bernie Custis

In this 2011 Hamilton Spectator file photo, Bernie Custis holds a photo of himself in action for the Tiger-Cats in 1951.

September 23, 1929 – February 23, 2017

(Feb. 23, 2017 – Canadian Press and argoalumni.com) All Bernie Custis wanted was the chance to be a pro quarterback, but to Damon Allen he will always be a football pioneer. Custis, pro football’s first black quarterback who blazed the trail for future CFL stars like Allen, Warren Moon and Chuck Ealey, died Thursday. He was 88.

Custis made pro football history Aug. 29, 1951, when he became a starter with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It came after he was denied the opportunity to play the position with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.

Ultimately, Bernie spent several seasons in the Argonauts front office as a scout for team president Ralph Sazio. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Full story: (thespec.com)
thespec.com: Bernie Custis: ‘He was a gentleman’
chchtv.com: Remembering Bernie Custis
Obituary and funeral details: Smith’s Funeral Home
In Memorium
Team History

Save the date – 2017 Argo Alumni Reunion

(Feb. 20, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) The 2017 edition of the Toronto Argonaut Alumni Association’s annual reunion will be held Wednesday, April 19. The year’s don’t-miss event will be once again held at the Royal Woodbine Golf Club at 195 Galaxy Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M9W 6R7. Further information will be forthcoming.
2016 Reunion revisited
Event calendar

He was an Argo: Darrell K. Smith

(Feb. 14, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Former Argo reciever (1986-92) Darrell K. Smith has passed away. Smith played 112 games over seven seasons (1986-92) with the Argonauts. The Youngstown, Ohio, native hauled in 465 passes for 8,144 yards and 52 touchdowns while adding 84 kick returns for 1,139 yards with the Double Blue.“Darrell was an electrifying player who captured the hearts of our fans, etched his name in the Argos’ record book, and helped lead us to our Grey Cup Championship in 1991,” said Michael Copeland, President & CEO for the Argos. “He will be forever remembered as one of the Argos’ all-time great receivers. On behalf of our fans and our entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to Darrell’s friends and family.”

Darrell K. Smith
In Memorium
All-Time Roster

Save the date: Golf Fun Day 2017

Mon., June 5 – 12:30 pm shotgun
Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Georgetown

(Jan. 26, 2017 – ArgoAlumni.com) Is there anything better in these dreary days of winter than to think of the dawning of spring and the 19th Annual Argo Alumni Association Golf Fun Day!!!
Information and registration form
Hole Sponsorship Package
2016 Golf Day revisited

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.
Steinauer, Orlondo
All-Time Roster

Gene Mack wants to hear from you

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(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)
Toronto, Ontario
M6M 2J5

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

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

peter-martin-football-card

(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.

Full story

Jason Colero honoured for his 32 years of community work

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(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