Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association
Argos to celebrate back-to-back champs
Argo alumnus named CFL boss
(July 5, 2017 – Argo-Alumni.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
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
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
Elberg profile on cfl.ca
Kevin Eiben returns to handle Argo special teams
Help save Leo Cahill
To donate: GoFundMe
JOGO: Back for 2017
Full story: 2017 JOGO CFL alumni card series
Popp, Trestman to lead Boatmen
Full story (argonauts.ca): Popp and Trestman to lead new era of Argos football
It’s time to renew your alumni membership for 2017!
In Memorium: Bernie Custis
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
Save the date – 2017 Argo Alumni Reunion
2016 Reunion revisited
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.”
Save the date: Golf Fun Day 2017
Mon., June 5 – 12:30 pm shotgun
Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Georgetown
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