Posted 2.5.15 @ 18:41
Oakvillians have so much to be proud of. Not only is Oakville home to one of the world’s best golf course, it is also home to a lot of very talented and note-worthy personas, just like Toronto Argonauts’ Michael “Pinball” Clemons. Want to know more? Just take a look below.
A True Argonaut
Pinball Clemons played with the Argos for 12 seasons and have been the team’s head coach twice. He made such a name for himself that the Argos retired his no. 31 jersey, an honour which has been vested to only a very select few, 4 to be exact.
One of the most popular amongst all of Toronto’s professional athletes of all time, Clemons already has his name at the Canadian Hall of Fame way back 2008. He’s certainly a living legend.
Michael Lutrell “Pinball” Clemons was born in the 15th of January 1965 in Dunedin Florida to a single mother who was only 18 at that time and a new high school graduate. Clemon’s father was still studying at that time to be a school teacher. Even with a hard start in life, the young Michael showed signs of being a football fanatic early on. He played with the Dunedin Golden Eagles when he was 8. He is also a very devout Christian and a motivational speaker.
Shooting to Stardom
Clemons was drafted by Kansas City Chiefs in 1987 and became a part of Toronto Argonauts in 1989. From then on, he played in 4 Grey Cup Championships in 1991, 1996, 117, and 2004, participated in 2 CFL All-Star in 1990 and 1997, and 3 CFL east All-Star in 1990, 1994, and 1997. He was also awarded the Jeff Russel Trophy in 1990, the CFL MOP in 1990, and the Tom Pate Memorial Award in 1993 and 1996. He retired from playing and is now the Toronto Argonauts Vice-Chairman following a career as the team coach from 2000-2007.
Clemons has not always been a professional sportsman. He had a promising future as an economist before he decided to go into professional football instead. Can you imagine Canadian football without him?
The legend of Pinball Clemons began in 1989 when the then coach Tom Cudney nicknamed him as pinball because of the way he runs. His 5’6 size and impressive balance allowed him to bounce around just like a pinball, much to the awe of the crowd. He was named as the player of the game in his very first game with the Argonauts. How many players can say the same about themselves?
Between that very first game until his last game as a player with the Argonauts in September, 2000, Clemons managed to amass a record 25,438 combined yard, a CFL record. His achievements are so numerous that he was inducted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2008. At present time, he is the Argonaut’s Vice Chairman.
One of Oakville’s Own
Clemons lives in Oakville Ontario with his wife and 3 daughters who were all born in Canada. The girls are aged 9 to 17 and attending schools around the town so don’t be surprised to run into a football legend when you’re in Oakville.
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