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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.