He was an Argo: Marty Martinello
(March 26, 2022) The association is saddened to learn of the passing of former CFL lineman Emelio (Marty) Martinello. Marty, who played with the Argos from 1959-65, passed away Thursday at the age of 91.
He had the privilege of playing for many different organizations, including Montreal Alouettes, the BC Lions, the Toronto Argonauts and finishing his years in his hometown with the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
Former college teammates Danny Barrett, George Warhop now reunited as coaches
(March 3, 2022) The last time Danny Barrett (Argo quarterback 1985-88) was working with George Warhop, he was throwing passes as the starting quarterback for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.
Barrett, now entering his fifth season as the Houston Texans Running Backs coach, threw for 4,407 career yards at Cincinnati from 1979-82. Warhop, who joined the Texans staff as the new offensive line coach, was blocking for Barrett during their collegiate careers. At the time, Barrett ranked No. 2 on the all-time Bearcats passing list and Warhop played center, earning a varsity letter in 1981 and 1982.
Remembering athletic therapist Fred Dunbar, who first played football, then helped players
(Feb. 20, 2022) A gifted amateur football player, Fred Dunbar made an impact in the sport – not only on the field, but as a pioneering athletic therapist for the Guelph Gryphons and the Toronto Argonauts.
Often called a “legend” and “a giant of a man” by associates, Dunbar helped grow the then-burgeoning profession of athletic therapy in Ontario, co-founding and becoming the first president of the Ontario Athletic Therapist Association (OATA).
He was an Argo: Rod Humenuik
(Feb. 16, 2022) The Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to report that former assistant coach John (Rod) Humenuik has passed away. He was 83.
Humenuik attended Los Angeles High School in Los Angeles, where was named an All-City tackle in 1954. He began his college football career at Pierce College in Los Angeles, earning All-Western State Conference laurels and honorable mention on All-American Junior College team in 1955. Humenuik transferred to the University of Southern California, earning letters for the USC Trojans football team in 1956 and 1957. The then played professionally with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a tackle from 1960 to 1962.
Humenuik began his coaching career in 1963 when he was hired as line coach at La Habra High School in La Habra, Calif. He served in the same role at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif. the following year before moving to Fullerton College in 1965, once again serving as line coach. Humenuik returned to USC in 1966 as an assistant coach under John McKay. He joined the Argos as an assistant coach in 1973-74. He later acted as offensive line coach in the NFL with Cleveland, Kansas City, New England and New York Jets. He retired in 2002.
He was an Argo: Gary Williams
(Feb. 9, 2022) The Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to report that Gary Williams (Argos 1957) has passed away.
A graduate of the Toronto Parkdale Lions junior program, Williams played 13 games for the Argos in 1957. It was his 72 punt returns for 424 yards that won the Gruen Trophy as the Eastern Conference (Big Four) rookie of the year. This was when the trophy was awarded to Canadian players only. Gary also played 1 game for the Calgary Stampeders in 1958.
Chuck Ealey, 1st Black QB to win Grey Cup, tapped for College Football Hall of Fame
(Jan. 13, 2022) Quarterback Chuck Ealey, who guided Toledo to three unbeaten seasons before playing seven seasons in the CFL (with Tiger-Cats in 1972-74, Blue Bombers in 1974-75 and Argos in 1975-78).
Chuck, who became the first Black passer to win the Grey Cup with the Ticats in 1972, was named for induction into the U.S. College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.
Remembering Don Sutherin
(Jan. 11, 2022) The Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to learn about the passing of Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee (2018) Don Sutherin. He was 85. Don played 5 games with the Argos in 1970 at the end of his 12-year playing career. He also played in the NFL for New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers and in the CFL for Hamilton, and Ottawa.
After his playing career, Don Sutherin was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Eskimos from 1985 to 1990 and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1990 to 1994. He was promoted to head coach of the Ticats in 1994 and remained in that role until 1997.
He was an Argo: Fred Dunbar
(Nov. 20, 2021) The Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to learn about the passing of longtime athletic therapy industry veteran and Toronto Argonauts trainer Fred Dunbar. He was 82.
Fred nurtured hundreds of injured Argonauts players back to health throughout his career. Fred impacted countless people through his years as an athletic therapist at the University of Guelph and the Argos, and as an instructor at Sheridan College. He was also an active board member of the Argonauts Alumni Association.
A native of Hamilton, Fred joined the University of Guelph Gryphons in 1969 as the Athletic Trainer. His talents, however, far exceeded that role alone as he designed department publications, created logos and uniforms and counselled a wide number of athletes. Fred was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Human Kinetics Sports Medicine Symposium at the University of Guelph. An active member of the Canadian Sports Therapist Association – he hosted the 1972 Annual Convention in Guelph and in 1974 was named Canada’s Trainer of the Year.
Visitation will take place on Thursday, November 25th, Friday, November 26th, and Saturday, November 27th, from 1:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Gilbert MacIntyre & Son, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St., Guelph. Due to COVID restrictions, guests must RSVP their attendance using the link below.
He was an Argo: Ron Arends
(Oct. 30, 2021) Again the association mourns one of its legendary heroes of yesteryear. We are saddened to learn of the Oct. 20 passing of former Argo (1966-70) defensive back Ron Arends. He was 76.
It has been 30 years for this Grey Cup winning team
(Oct. 6, 2021) The Argonauts hosted the players, and staff from the Grey Cup championship team from 1991 as the 2021 edition beat the Ottawa Redblacks 35-6 at BMO Field.
He was an Argo: Al Irwin
(Sept. 6, 2021) Again the association mourns one of its legendary heroes of yesteryear. We are saddened to learn of the Sept. 2 passing of former Argonauts receiver and Toronto native Al Irwin. He was 78.
Al was a product of McMaster University, and he broke into the CFL with Montreal Alouettes in 1964-65. with the Als, he was the East’s top Canadian rookie in 1964.
He went on to a three-year stay with his hometown Argos from 1966-68 followed by single season in Edmonton and a final year with Hamilton.
He was an Argo: Nick Volpe
(Aug. 23, 2021) The Association is saddened to learn that Nick Volpe, who served the CFL as an Argonauts player (1949-1952), scout and administrator for 70 years, as well as television isolation director, passed away Saturday.
Nick won a Grey Cup with the Argos in 1950, where he was named the game MVP. Volpe previously played football and attended the University of Toronto and East York Collegiate. He recently served as Consultant for Football Operations for the Argonauts. He was inducted into the University of Toronto Hall of Fame in 2012.
He was an Argo: Ken Clark
(Aug. 23, 2021) The Association is saddened to learn that former Argonauts punter Ken Clark has passed away. Ken died Aug. 8, 2021 at the age of 73.
Ken played 13 seasons in the CFL (with the Argos, Hamilton, Saskatchewan and Ottawa), WFL and NFL. He led Saint Mary’s University to a 14–6 win over McGill University in the 1973 Canadian College Bowl to win the Vanier Cup, and won the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as the game’s Most Valuable Player. He was a punter for the Portland Storm of the WFL in 1974. He played in Super Bowl XIV for the Los Angeles Rams, becoming the second Canadian to play in a Super Bowl.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 at the Barrie Country Club (635 St Vincent St N, Barrie) from 1-4 p.m.
He was an Argo: Ellis Rainsberger
(July 23, 2021) The Association is saddened to learn that former Argonauts offensive line coach Ellis Rainsberger has passed away. He was 88.
Rainsberger (born October 20, 1932) was a former American football and Canadian football player, coach, and scout. He served as the head football coach at Washburn University (1962–1964), Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1966), and Kansas State University (1975–1977), compiling a career college football record of 27–42–1.
Rainsberger was the head coach of the USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers for part of the 1984 season. Ellis was the offensive line coach with the Argonauts between 1986-88.
He was most recently a scout with the Tennessee Titans (2000–2004) and Miami Dolphins (2005–2007).
He was an Argo: Rick Mohr
(June 18, 2021) The Association is saddened to learn that former Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive end Rick Mohr of San Francisco passed away on June 6. He was 61.
Rick signed as a free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 1981. Released after playing two games, he signed with the Argos and headed north. He led the Argonauts in sacks with 9.5 for the season. His team played in the Eastern Final game and then the Grey Cup. In 1983 Rick continued to play for the Argos, again leading the team in sacks, this time with 15.5 (still the 3rd most in their history). He was selected to the Eastern Division All-Stars and the CFL’s All-Canadian All-Star team. His team played in the Eastern Final and the Grey Cup again, winning this time and securing a Grey Cup ring. It was the first Grey Cup win for the Argos in 31 years.
Rick concluded his playing career with the Roughriders in 1984 and 1985. Rick was a product of California-Davis.
CFL announces plans to return to play for 2021 season
(April 21, 2021 – cfl.ca) Canadian Football League (CFL) Commissioner Randy Ambrosie issued the following statement on Wednesday announcing the League’s Return-to-Play plans for the 2021 season:
“We will play CFL football in 2021.
“Our revised target date to start our regular season is August 5. To facilitate a 14-game season, for our players, fans and partners, we are re-scheduling the Grey Cup to December 12 in Hamilton, Ontario.
“I say ‘target date’ because our plans are subject to the state of COVID-19 across the country. A so-called ‘third wave’ in some provinces is forcing us today to postpone the start of our regular season, which had been scheduled for June 10.
VIRTUAL reunion next Wed., April 21 at 6:30 p.m.
We hope all former Argos can join us for the 10th Annual Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association VIRTUAL Reunion. If you’ve always wished to attend the physical reunions of the past but couldn’t, this is your chance.
An all star cast will include CFL Commissioner (and former Argo!) Randy Ambrosie, CFLPA boss Brian Ramsay, Argos President Bill Manning, General Manager Michael (Pinball) Clemons, Head Coach Ryan Dinwiddie, and CFL Alumni Association head Leo Ezerins.
Many Argo alumni have already registered!
You will need to register for the event. There is less than a week to go, so if you want to attend the event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can put you on the list. A few days prior to the event, an email with the log-in details will be sent to the email address you have provided.
Stay safe and Double Blue. Hope to see you on the 21st!
DON’TCHA DARE MISS IT!
He was an Argo: Tom Bland
The Association is saddened to learn that Tom Bland, Sr. age 83 of Casselberry, Florida passed away on March 8. He is survived by his wife Jane Bland, son Thomas Bland, Jr., and daughter Sydney Bland Jones.
He was an import receiver who played with the Argos in 1970. After that, he moved to Orlando, Florida and got into coaching and became the offensive coach University of Central Florida football program. From 1982-1984, he was the player personnel director for the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL under Steve Spurrier. In 1985, he served in that same role for the Orlando Renegades of the USFL under Lee Corso.
From 1991-1992, he was the receivers coach under Perry Moss of the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League.
Tom was a successful businessman in the Orlando area, and a scratch golfer. He was inducted into the West Liberty University’s (Wheeling, West Virginia) Hall of Fame in 1992.”
He was an Argo: Zeke O’Connor
(March 7, 2021) The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association has learned the sad news that we’ve lost another of the team’s warriors, Zeke O’Connor. He was 94.
William Francis “Zeke” O’Connor, Jr. (born May 2, 1926) played five seasons in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and the CFL in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He played on the Argos’ 1952 Grey Cup championship team and caught the winning touchdown pass.
After retiring, O’Connor went into business and incredibly devoted himself to helping Nepalese Sherpas.
O’Connor grew up in a large Catholic family in New York City and went to college at the University of Notre Dame. After starting for Notre Dame’s football team as a freshman in 1944, he spent two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II and played for a service team at Naval Station Great Lakes. O’Connor returned to Notre Dame in 1946 and graduated in 1947, but he did not play in his senior year because of a knee injury.
O’Connor signed in 1948 with the Buffalo Bills of the AAFC, where he played for one year. He was then traded to the Cleveland Browns. The Browns won the AAFC championship in 1949, but O’Connor was cut early the next year and played one season for the minor-league Jersey City Giants. He next had a one-year stint with the New York Yanks of the National Football League before his playing career in the CFL with the Argonauts. A late-game touchdown catch by O’Connor helped the Argonauts win the Grey Cup in 1952.
O’Connor worked for Sears in Canada after his playing career, and served as the color commentator for Grey Cup broadcasts from 1956 to 1981. He became friends with the famed mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and helped establish a foundation in his name to benefit Sherpas in Nepal. On September 24, 2015, O’Connor was the recipient of the Sandy Hawley Community Service Award, awarded by the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
Zeke was often in attendance at Argo alumni events.
He was an Argo: Chris Schultz
(March 5, 2021 – tsn.ca) Chris Schultz, who played in both the NFL and CFL and eventually became a popular television football analyst, died on Thursday at the age of 61.
The native of Burlington, Ont., played left tackle for the Dallas Cowboys from 1983-86 and then nine seasons with the Toronto Argonauts, winning a Grey Cup in 1991.
He was a two-time CFL all-star and was selected to the Argos’ all-time team in 2007.
Sharing important lessons learned: Jason Colero
(Feb. 12, 2021 – argonauts.ca) Muhammad Ali once suggested that “A man who views the world at fifty as they did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” That’s one reason why I am grateful to have started with the Argos as a ball boy at the age of 14, learning different life lessons over the course of the next 35 years. One aspect of my job today is the liaison between Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the Argos Alumni. This has allowed me to tell the stories of the Argos of yesterday to the Argo fans of today and tomorrow.
In the spirit of Black History month, I want to share with you the lessons I learned from two former Argonauts. What brought me back to thinking about this pair was living in a time when it seems there’s nothing to do but watch television. I was reminded of Condredge Holloway’s 30 for 30 documentary and the project that John Williams co-executive produced and narrated. After re-watching these documentaries, I interviewed each man.
The untold story of Ken Whitlock, the first Black Argonaut
(Feb. 2, 2021 – argonauts.ca) When a team has played for almost 150 seasons, it’s not surprising that many players have faded from memory, simply forgotten over time. Sadly, that’s happened to Ken Whitlock Sr., though it shouldn’t be the case as he played a significant role in the history of the team.
He was the first Black player for the Toronto Argonauts.
Classic Grey Cups revisited: GREY CUP ON DEMAND PORTAL POWERED BY MARK’S
(Jan. 28, 2021) – Today, the Canadian Football League (CFL) released the first installment of Grey Cup games on the Grey Cup On Demand Portal powered by Mark’s. Note the league wants you to register your email address and postal code before viewing Grey Cups on demand.
A letter from Randy Ambrosie
(Jan. 22, 2021)
To the CFL Family:
We just wanted to check in and let you know how we’re doing. But most of all, we want you to know we’re thinking about you and wondering how you’re doing.
There’s no getting around it: this can feel like a dark time. Some of us are in “lock down”, most of us feel cooped up. It’s easy to feel down or get worked up.
Legendary Argo QBs get together (virtually)
(Nov. 24, 2020) During Grey Cup Unite week in the CFL, the Argos put together a QB round table with alumni Damon Allen, Joe Barnes, Condredge Holloway, Matt Nichols, Ricky Ray and Joe Theismann.
The boat logo is back
(Nov. 16, 2020) An important piece from Argonauts lore is new again.
The Toronto Argonauts announced today they will be bringing back the famous boat logo, with a modern twist. The current shield logo will still be used selectively as a secondary mark moving forward.
“We are so excited to bring back a logo that is beloved by so many Toronto Argonauts fans,” said Argos General Manager Michael “Pinball” Clemons. “This contemporary redesign of one of our most iconic emblems reinforces the great tradition of the Argonauts while continuously steering towards the horizon and our future. The boat is back, and our passion lives on!”
Seven Decades an Argo with the Legendary Pete Martin
(Oct. 30, 2020 by Mike Hogan) If there is someone who best personifies the Toronto Argonauts, “Pinball” Clemons would undoubtedly get the nod. He was a Hall-of-Fame player, he coached, he’s been the team president and now resides in the general manager’s office.
In the quest to find who would be second on that list, it would be tough to come up with a better name than that of Peter Martin.
Since joining the Argos as a player in 1965, Martin has also served as the long-time radio colour commentator, while acting as the president of the Argos Alumni Association.
The case of Ray’s missing ring
(Oct. 26, 2020 by Mike Hogan) A former Toronto Argonauts coach just went Charlie Sheen.
No, Ray Zaremba isn’t a warlock, he didn’t drink tiger blood, nor did he do anything illegal.
He did, however, upstage Jon Cryer.
Cryer, Sheen’s co-star in Two and a Half Men, made headlines this week when he lost, then recovered his wedding ring while filming in Vancouver. The story went viral.
But the likable actor has nothing on the former offensive line coach.
Former team owner David Braley dead at 79
(Oct. 26, 2020 by Steve Milton) Bob Young, the saviour of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, is sincere and succinct in his praise of David Braley, the saviour of three CFL teams and, arguably, of the league itself.
“You’re lost in admiration for what he did with his life,” Young said Monday after learning of the death of Braley at the age of 79. “It’s hard to imagine how the CFL would have survived without him helping so many times. And, of course, what he has done for the City of Hamilton, from the hospitals through to McMaster is nothing short of unique in its scale of philanthropy.”
Braley, who died in his Burlington home Monday following a longterm illness, had owned the B.C. Lions since 1996 after rescuing them from near-certain extinction at the suggestion of former Ticat general manager Mike McCarthy, who was then overseeing the debt-ridden and popularity-challenged franchise for the CFL. He owned the Toronto Argonauts from 2010-17, including a victory in the 100th Grey Cup in 2012.
CFL great Tommy Joe Coffey dies
(Aug. 26, 2020) CFL legend Tommy Joe Coffey passed away in Hamilton Aug. 25. Coffey, one of the best athletes in the history of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was diagnosed with lung cancer in June and died in hospital Tuesday night. According to Tiger-Cat Alumni Association, there will be no local services for the legendary pass receiver and ashes will be buried at a later date in Sayre, Okla.
Although Coffey concluded his career with the Argos in 1973, he spent the majority of his career with the Edmonton Eskimos (1959-66) and Hamilton (1967-72). He was a seven-time All-Canadian All-Star, and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
League cancels 2020 season
(Aug. 17, 2020) Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging and uncertain for everyone in the country and around the world. And earlier today, we received saddening news that the 2020 CFL season was cancelled, again, a result of the challenging times we are facing.
Although this is truly heartbreaking and unfortunate news, it is important that we accept this with the understanding that this decision focused on the health, safety and welfare of the players, fans and partners and their families. In doing so, we acknowledge their thoughtfulness and patience as the league and CFLPA worked together to find a safe way to get the players on the field this season.
We all know what it is like to have to deal with adversity, and the challenges that confront us in overcoming those episodes. So as we have done so many times before (and hopefully, if faced with difficult circumstances, we will again) we must move on to the 2021 campaign now.
Our game has stood the test of time many times before, and will again! Let’s “Pull Together” and make 2021 the best season in CFL history!
As Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”
Stay safe and Double Blue!
President, Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association
TSN names all-time Argo team
Former Argo QB Joseph joins Seahawks coaching staff
(Aug. 6, 2020) Former Toronto Argonauts quarterback Kerry Joseph has landed a National Football League coaching job. Joseph has been hired as an offensive assistant with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Michael Ball of CKRM 620 in Regina.
“I’ll be in the running back room assisting the running back coach Chad Morton. Offensive assistant, quality control, working and helping out in many facets. Learning the process and program coach Pete Carroll is running and grow from there,” said Joseph.
“My goal is to eventually at one point be an Offensive Coordinator. I’ve always had the dream of coaching in the NFL. When I got the call and asked if I was interested in the position, I went through the interview process virtually.”
Joseph played 12 seasons in the CFL for Toronto (2008 – 2009), Ottawa, Saskatchewan, and Edmonton, throwing for 28,097 yards, 148 touchdowns against 126 interceptions with a 58.4 completion rate. Before joining the Argos, he was named the CFL Most Outstanding Player in 2007, when he led the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a Grey Cup championship.
Uteck Goes into the Hall in the Builder category
(July 16, 2020) The Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum (CFHOF) announced its Class of 2020 which includes Larry Uteck posthumously as a foundational program-builder.
Uteck served as an Assistant coach at Saint Mary’s University in 1982, before being named Head Coach the following year – a position he held until 1994. He was a four-time Atlantic University Athletic Association (AUAA) Coach of the Year and a two-time Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) Coach of the Year. During his tenure, the team captured seven AUAA titles, three Atlantic Bowls (1988, 1990 and 1992) and appeared in three Vanier Cups. As Athletic Director from 1995-2002, Uteck’s Huskies claimed two Vanier Cups (2001 and 2002) and won four (1999 to 2004) of an eventual six consecutive Atlantic University Sport conference championships. Uteck passed away in 2002. The Atlantic Bowl was renamed the Uteck Bowl in 2003.
Uteck also had a seven-year professional career in the CFL. As a defensive back, he played for the Argonauts (1974-76), BC Lions (1977), Montreal Alouettes (1978-1980) and Ottawa Rough Riders (1980). He was named an East Division all-star in 1975 and 1976.
Also, the Class of 2020 comprises offensive linemen Clyde Brock and Freddie Childress, quarterbacks Henry Burris and Greg Vavra, and former Calgary Stampeders Head Coach and current President and General Manager John Hufnagel.
Congratulations to the entire Class of 2020.
He was an Argo: Bill McFarlane
Bill was drafted first overall in the 1954 CFL Draft by the Argonauts. He went on to play three seasons at halfback/end with the Double Blue (1954-56). The Hamilton native notably made 10 interceptions in his rookie season with the Argos. Bill was a member of the undefeated Yates Cup winning 1951 Varsity Blues team at the University of Toronto which was recently inducted into the U of T Sports Hall of Fame.
Private family service and interment was held, with plans for a Celebration of Life to follow when safe to do so. If you wish, memorial donations may be made to ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton-Halton. Condolences may be made at www.dbburlington.ca.
Story at 3DownNation.com: If all CFL players became free agents, Argos’ Pinball Clemons contends it would be ‘craziness’
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
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.”
He was an Argo: Marv Luster
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.
He was an Argo: Len Sparks
(May 2, 2020) The Association is saddened to learn that Len Sparks passed away this past Thursday, April 30. Len’s daughter was by his side. He will be missed.
Len was born in Kirkland Lake, ON and starred at the University of Wyoming. He later played for the Argonauts in 1965, as well as Ottawa (1963-64), Calgary (1966-67) and BC (1967-1969). Len was a versatile player, as a defensive back with the Argos. He also performed as a receiver and running back throughout his CFL career.
In 1965, Len was introduced to his wife Bonnie by Rough Rider Joe Poirier. Len and Bonnie were married in August, 1966 with CFL star quarterback Peter Liske as his best man. Most of those in attendance were fellow football players.
He was an Argo: Zac Henderson
(April 21, 2020) The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association membership is saddened to learn of the passing of Zac Henderson, who starred for the Argos in 1982 and 1983. He died in Oklahoma City on April 20, 2020.
Henderson was signed by Argo President Ralph Sazio and anchored the Argos defensive backfield in 1982. We went on to win the James P. McCaffrey Trophy awarded to the outstanding defensive player in the CFL’s Eastern Division. Zac went on to lose out to James (Quick) Parker for the league honour. He was also named as a CFL all-star that season.
Henderson played defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1978 and 1979. He was a favourite of then-Ticat boss Sazio, who recruited Henderson out of the University of Oklahoma. Henderson also played one season in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1980. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma, where he was a two-time All-American.
Zac’s college coach, Barry Switzer, recalled for The Oklahoman that Henderson was a great high school baseball player, and that he was a high school sprint champion and often beat out his prime competition, Art Briles, of nearby Rule, Texas.
Doug Flutie at Conn Smythe Dinner for Easter Seals Ontario
He was an Argo: Willie Wood
(February 4, 2020 – Canadian Press) Dan Ferrone says he owes all of his CFL success to Willie Wood.
Wood, a former head coach of the Toronto Argonauts, died Monday of natural causes in Washington D.C. He was 83.
He was an Argo: “Bud” Fowler
(January 18, 2019) The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to learn of the passing of former Argo Charles Percy “Bud” Fowler at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the age of 94. Bud grew up in New Toronto, served as a wireless air gunner in the Canadian Air Force as a young man and went on to enjoy a 39-year career with Bell Canada. Bud Fowler was a gifted athlete who played for the Argos from 1950-53 and was a valuable member of two Grey Cup championship winning teams including the famous 1950 Mud Bowl. Bud was also a dedicated coach to many aspiring athletes in the Etobicoke hockey and football community. In November 2018 Bud had the honour to be inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame in the Legends Athlete category. A Celebration of Life will be held for Bud at Lambton Golf & Country Club, 100 Scarlett Road, Toronto, on Saturday, February 1, 2020 between 1 and 4 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Veterns K Wing would be appreciated. Online condolences at newediukfuneralhome.com
He was an Argo: Earl “Bubba” Wilson
(December 16, 2019) The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to learn of the passing of former Argo defensive lineman Earl “Bubba” Wilson at the age of 61. Earl attended the University of Kentucky, played for the Argos from 1982-84 and was a member of the 1983 Grey Cup winning team. He joined the NFL San Diego Chargers from 1985-87.
Earl passed away November 24 in New Jersey.
He was an Argo: Bill Bell
The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Bell at the age of 97.
“Billy” successfully tried out for the Argos following WWII, playing a variety of positions as a scat back, defensive back, punter and backup quarterback. His name is proudly displayed on the Grey Cup three times, winning consecutive championships in 1945, ’46 and ’47 with the Boatmen.
Spotted in Calgary: Two former… Argos?
It’s Grey Cup week, and here’s the Alumni spin
(November 21, 2019) When the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats meet in Sunday’s Grey Cup, two former Argonaut defensive teammates will be on opposing sidelines. Mike O’Shea (Argos 1996-99, 2001-08) has been the Bombers head coach since 2014 and Orlondo Steinauer (Argos 2001-08) is in his first season as head coach of the Ticats.
He was an Argo: Norm Stoneburgh
(October 27, 2019) The association is saddened to learn of the passing of Norm Stoneburgh. He passed away Thursday at the age of 84.
Norm was a former all-star center who played for the Toronto Argonauts (1955-1967), and was a longtime volunteer at the Scott Mission, St. Felix Centre, Evangel Hall and Dorothy Ley Hospice. He was selected as a member of the All-Time Argo depth chart in 2007.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Former Argo standout Steinauer named as Ticats head coach
(December 3, 2018) The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Monday that former Argonauts defensive standout Orlondo Steinauer (2001-2008) has been named the 26th head coach in Ticats history. June Jones will return to the football club next season as associate head coach and offensive coordinator.
“After working closely with Orlondo last season, it was obvious to me that he’s ready to take the next step in his career and become a head coach in the CFL,” said Jones. “He’s earned this opportunity and the time was now. I made a decision that in order to put our best foot forward and bring a Grey Cup championship back to Hamilton, we needed to keep him here and expand his role. Winning is the most important thing and I’m excited about our great opportunity for success in 2019 with Orlondo returning as head coach.”
Liebrock: First Kelowna high school team to win a provincial championship
Chuck Liebrock played on the Argos O-Line in 1968 and 1969, and with the Bombers 1970-77
(Nov. 27, 2018) “What a wonderful way, to end a perfect season: the Kelowna Secondary Junior Varsity Owls completed their 2018 season — undefeated, scoring over 330 points in offence, while allowing only 40 points defensively.
“We had an incredible group of dedicated, knowledgeable, totally invested coaches, who spent hours, patiently, respectively, and tirelessly, working with as I’ve said, an undersized group of football players, whose speed and quickness was unmatched as a group.
NFL Jaguars promote Milanovich to offensive coordinator
(Nov. 26, 2018) In a press conference on Monday afternoon, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said that quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich will move up to take on offensive coordinator responsibilities. That includes calling plays for a unit now being quarterbacked by Cody Kessler.
Milanovich joined the Jaguars last year after spending five years as the head coach of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. The Argonauts won a Grey Cup in Milanovich’s first year on the job and the Jacksonville gig is his first in the NFL.
Milanovich was a starting quarterback at the University of Maryland in the 1990s and he played one game for the Buccaneers in 1996.
Alumni, club in mourning for Murray Sullivan
(Nov. 15, 2018) It is with sadness and great love that we announce Murray’s passing on November 11, 2018 after a fall at home and brief hospital stay. Murray was dedicated husband to Barbara (nee Ferrie), father to Kathy, Ian, Trish (Michael & Sarah) and Lisa (Valentine), grandfather to Jack, Sydney, Nigel, and Holly, good friend, and affectionately known as “Big Mur“ to many. Murray played for the Toronto Argonauts in 1945 and 1946.
Obituary: Sullivan, Murray
Alumni, club mourning the passing of Arnie Stocks
(Nov. 14, 2018 – argonauts.ca) One of the last surviving members of the iconic “Mud Bowl” passed away in Toronto over the weekend.
Arnie Stocks, 91, was a defensive back for the Argos in their 13-0 win over Winnipeg on November 25, 1950 at Varsity Stadium in the 38th Grey Cup game. He had one interception in that legendary contest. Stocks also played running back in his tenure with the Argos.
Stocks, a Toronto native and product of the Toronto Junior Argonauts, played two seasons for the Double Blue, as well as one season with the Calgary Stampeders.
The Toronto Argonauts Football Club and the Argo Alumni Association would like to express condolences to his family and friends.
Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame comes calling for Bud
(Oct. 27, 2018) The Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting our own Bud Fowler on Thursday. Inductees for the 2018 induction ceremony include 91 year-old Bud (Argos 1950-53, with the Grey Cup champions in the 1950 Mud Bowl) in the Legends category, Geno Reda (Media), Joanne Noble (President & Chair), Rod Toner (
…And Canada’s Sports Hall calls for Damon
Bud’s induction caps an incredible month for former Argos as Damon Allen was inducted by the Canada Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 18.
Peter Martin visits the Shipyard
(Oct. 12, 2018) Longtime Double Blue linebacker, broadcaster and former Alumni president Peter Martin met fans in the Argo Shipyard prior to the game Oct. 12, 2018 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Video: The memorable 1971 Argonauts
(Aug. 25, 2018) The ’71 Argos was a team that captured the imagination of the city of Toronto like no CFL team has before or since. A team “made up of characters with character,” huge on talent and with the swagger to match. This team may have been the most popular Argos team, but we like to think of these guys as the most notorious bunch of characters that ever played in the CFL. The team had such mystique, that a film “Mavericks: They were a The Story of the 1971 Argos” by Christie Callan-Jones was made and featured on TSN during the 2012 Grey Cup period.
These guys all loved the game of football, playing together, the city of Toronto and for a coach none of them (or the rest of us) will ever forget.
Alumnus Bryan Crawford to head up Canadian Open
(July 27, 2018 – thespec.com) OAKVILLE — When Canada’s biggest golf event returns to Ancaster next June, Bryan Crawford will be able to walk to work. Like his grandfather did.
The former football star for Queen’s University played for the Argos from 2005-11. He officially began his tenure as Golf Canada’s RBC Canadian Open tournament director last week.
At this week’s Open at Glen Abbey, his title is virtually in name only as he’s heavy into information-gathering mode, inhaling the structure, logistics, nuances and contacts of his new job, while Bill Paul, Golf Canada’s chief championship officer, orchestrates what might be the last of the Abbey Opens.
Alumni featured at the Edmonton game
(July 7, 2018) Argo legends Damon Allen (2003-07) and Hank Ilesic (1983-89, 1990-93) participated in the ceremonies prior to the Argonauts 20-17 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos. Both played for the Argos and Esks in their distinguished CFL careers. Also in attendance in the alumni suite was Mike Campbell (1989-94).
At the home opener
(June 23, 2018) Argo legends Bob Bronk (1982-86) and Mike Eben (1968-69, 1971-77) greet fans at the Argo Shipyard prior to the 2018 home opener vs. the Calgary Stampeders. Argonauts alumni will be featured each game under the new ownership of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.
Photo by Robert Thompson.
Keith Kelly memorial tournament
(May 31, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com) A fundraising golf tournament held in memory of the late Keith Kelly (Argos 1990-91) will be held at Glen Eagle Golf Club Saturday, June 16.
Full event details
Alumnus Shell hailed as a hero
(May 10, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, firstcoastnews.com) Former Argo Lin-J Shell (2009-11), currently the physical education teacher at a Jacksonville high school, is being hailed a hero after his quick thinking prevented a possible tragedy.
More at firstcoastnews.com
Damon Allen called to (another) Hall
(April 26, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, cfl.ca) Damon Allen has been named to the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame as part of its 2018 class. He was inducted by the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Allen, a four-time Grey Cup Champion, was one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the Canadian game. He is currently second in all-time professional football passing yards and second in all-time CFL passing yards. He is also pro football’s combined passing and rushing leader with a total of 84,301 yards.
The 54-year-old spend six seasons (1985-88 and 1993-94) with the Edmonton Eskimos, 1989-91 with the Ottawa Rough Riders, 1992 with Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Memphis Mad Dogs (1995), 1996-2002 with the BC Lions and his final five seasons with the Argonauts (2003-07) over his illustrious career. He finished his career with an incredible total of 72,831 passing yards and 394 passing touchdowns. The San Diego native announced that his retirement as a player on May 28, 2008.
Allen, Damon in all-time roster
He was an Argo: Rob Forbes
(April 6, 2018) Rob Forbes, an Argo running back in 1983-84, passed away on March 25, 2018 at the age of 61. Rob passed peacefully from a long term brain injury at the Rekai Centre in Toronto.
Predeceased by his parents Nora and Kenneth, Rob is survived by his children Meghan (Dylan), Calder(Mike); grandchildren Jacob and Connor; his siblings Ken(Fran), Marg (George deceased), Mary(Pete), Jim(Denice). Rob played football for the Calgary Stampeders, Toronto Argonauts and had a career working in the film industry. In honour of Rob there will be a future gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life. In memory of Rob, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
Two more Boatmen to enter Hall
(March 22, 2018 – cfhof.ca/ArgoAlumni.com) Hank Ilesic, Frank Cosentino, Scott Flory, the late Tommy Hugo, Brent Johnson and Barron Miles are headed to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as professional players while Cosentino will join them as a builder and Paul Brûlé will be so honoured for his amateur playing career, it was announced on Wednesday at Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field. The group will be officially inducted in the fall at an event in Hamilton.
More at cfhof.ca
Argos in the hall of fame
Photo of the month: 1970 Grey Cup
The 58th Grey Cup was played November 28, 1970, before 32,669 fans at CNE Stadium at Toronto. The Montreal Alouettes defeated the Calgary Stampeders 23-10. The game was marred by woeful field conditions, as throughout the contest several sections of the natural-grass surface came away in chunks. As was customary in the day, the ever-stylish prime minister Pierre E. Trudeau was in attendance. In this image, he descends down the steps to his seat in the grandstand.
He was an Argo: Leo Cahill
(Feb. 16, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, TorontoSun.com) Beloved former Argo coach Leo Cahill has passed away. He was 89. There was no one on the Toronto sports landscape quite like Leo, not before him, not after him. Not ever.
More at TorontoSun.com: Former Argos coach Leo Cahill dies at 89
Statement from the Commissioner
What you may not know about this Super Bowl champ
(February 5, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, PhillyMag.com, FresnoBee.com) Mychal Kendricks is a Super Bowl champion after his Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis on Sunday.
Kendricks started Sunday at outside linebacker and recorded his first solo tackle in the first quarter. He was also in on plays in the second quarter and fourth quarter.
Mychal is the eldest son of Marv Kendricks who played running back with the Argonauts in 1973. Marv attended UCLA and played for the Bruins in ’70 and ’71.
More at FresnoBee.com
He was an Argo: Jim Stillwagon
(February 4, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com) Jim Stillwagon (February 11, 1949 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio – February 4, 2018) was a former Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman and all-star American college player.
One of the two Jims (Corrigall the other) who dominated the Toronto Argonauts defensive line in the 1970s. Jim earned four CFL all-star selections and named to the All-Time depth chart in 2007 at Defensive Tackle.
Jim Stillwagon Obituary
Steinauer key part of one of college football’s biggest turnarounds
(Jan. 24, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, The Hamilton Spectator) Orlondo Steinauer has pretty much been a success everywhere he has gone in football. He was a 12-year CFL player (Argos 2001-08), a two-time Grey Cup champ and a five-time All-Canadian selection. As a defensive coach (Argos 2010-12), he won another Grey Cup with the Argos.
They — in the ‘most people’ sense of the word — said he was an “unorthodox hire,” by Fresno State University in 2017, but a year later they’re saying: “Who needs orthodox?”
Steinauer and the rest of the second-year Fresno State Bulldogs’ football coaching staff have become one of the most important assets on the central California campus.
More on thespec.com
Mack welcomed into HS hall
(Jan. 16, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, Herald-Banner) Gene Mack, a talented all-around athlete, was recently inducted into the Greenville (TX) Athletic Hall of Honor.
Gene and Patsy Jefferson (volleyball/track/basketball) took their places in the Hall and then were recognized before the Greenville Lions’ home football game against Texas High in October.
Mack excelled in football, basketball and track and field at Carver in Greenville before transferring to Greenville High School in 1967. He went on to earn all-conference honors as a defensive end at Texas-El Paso and then all-star honors as a linebacker in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts.
Mack, who has gone on to a long and distinguished acting career, talked about the rough start to his football career at Carver.
“The first day I went out for football I broke my leg,” he said.
Rashovich turns back the hands of time
(Jan. 9, 2018 – Regina Leader-Post) Damaged digits are a lasting reminder of 16 years as a linebacker and special-teams ace in the Canadian Football League — an experience that, despite the various souvenirs of on-field combat, he will always treasure.
“I loved trying to be the best you could be,” the 57-year-old Rashovich, who spent his final 13 CFL seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, said in the living room of his south Regina home. He also played in 1985 and 1986 with the Toronto Argonauts.
Argo team history
NFL conference championships have Argo link
(Jan. 21, 2018 – ArgoAlumni.com, Canadian Press) Today’s NFL conference championships will have a unique Double Blue connection – Scott Milanovich, who was Toronto Argonauts head coach from 2012-2016.
When interviewing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Milanovich was asked why he’d want to give up the Argo head-coaching job to become the NFL club’s quarterback coach.
The answer was simple: To win a Super Bowl.
Milanovich and the upstart Jaguars find themselves one win away from the NFL title game. Today, they visit the five-time champion New England Patriots for the AFC championship.
More at cbc.ca
He was an Argo: John Trainor
(Dec. 23, 2017 – argoalumni.com.com) The membership of the Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association was saddened to learn of the passing of former Argo John Trainor. John, who played for the Argos between 1971-73, was 70.
Flutie Brothers Band headlines Grey Cup VIP tailgate party
(Nov. 7, 2017 – ottawaredblacks.com) The 105th Grey Cup Festival organizing committee today announced that the Flutie Brothers Band, featuring Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductees Doug and Darren Flutie, will perform at the Grey Cup VIP Tailgate Party, presented by Casino Lac-Leamy, on the afternoon of November 26.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Doug Flutie, a three-time Grey Cup champion and three-time Grey Cup MVP. “Playing classic rock with my brother Darren and our friends is a blast and playing at Canada’s biggest party is going to be incredible,” said the 2008 Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee. “I’ve heard a lot about RNation …. the crazy fans in Ottawa … and we’re going to put on the plaid and give them a great show.”
Doug was named to the list of All-Time Argos at a game earlier this year.
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
(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
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
Remembering Dr. 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
(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.
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.
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.