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Introducing Michael Clemons

 

Mike Clemons was born January 15, 1965 in Dunedin, Florida. He played football with the Toronto Argonauts for 12 seasons, and twice served as their head coach.
 
His #31 jersey is one of only four that have been retired by the Argos. He is one of the most famous Argo players as well as one of the most popular athletes in the history of Toronto sport.
 
In 1987, Clemons joined the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. During the 1987 NFL season, he played in eight games, predominantly as a punt returner, where he collected 19 returns for 162 yards. The following year, Mike tried out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was cut during training camp.
 
Undaunted, Clemons turned to Canada and the Toronto Argonauts. Head coach, Bob O’Billovich nicknamed him “Pinball” because of his running style.
 
In 1990, Mike was recognized as the CFL most outstanding player after setting a single season record for all purpose yards .. 3,300. The following year, Clemons won his very first championship, as the Argos defeated Calgary, to win the Grey Cup. Clemons would go on to win two more Grey Cups with the Argos. In 1997, Mike surpassed his single season all purpose yards record with 3,840 yards.
 
During his 12 year playing career with the Argonauts, Mike Clemons set many career team records:
 
Pass receptions ......................... 682
Punt returns ............................... 610
Punt return yards ..................... 6,025
Punt return touchdowns .................. 8
Kick off returns ........................... 300
Kick off return yards ................. 6,349
 
Mike also amassed a career 25,438 total combined yards during the regular season .. a CFL record.
 
Clemons became head coach of the Argos in September 2000. In November 2001, he was promoted to President, and then returned as head coach for the 2003 season.
 
Mike and his family are long time residents of Oakville. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2008, and in 2012 became an honoured member of the Oakville Sports Hall of Fame.
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