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Toronto Argonauts



Carl Brazley - Defensive Back (Western Kentucky)



Carl Brazley was a top defensive back for many years in the CFL.  He entered the league in 1980 with Montreal Alouettes.  He stayed in Montreal for 10 games in the disastrous 1981 season before being released and was claimed on waivers by Ottawa.  Brazley would earn his first CFL East All-Star selection with Ottawa in 1982.  The Buffalo Bills signed Brazley and brought him to training camp in 1983 but he was let go before the season.  Brazley headed back north and signed with the Toronto Argonauts.  Brazley earned recognition as a CFL East All-Star for five straight seasons (1982-1986).  His best season was perhaps in 1986 when he picked off 8 passes for the Argonauts.  In 1987, he signed with the NFL's San Diego Chargers and suited up for 2 games there and recorded one interception.  In 1988, he was back with the Argos where he would play until ending a distinguished career after the 1992 season.  He picked off 43 passes and recovered 18 fumbles in 171 CFL games in his career.





Bob Bronk - Fullback (Queens)



Bob Bronk was one of four territorial exemptions of the Toronto Argonauts in the 1981 CFL Draft (Simon Fraser guard Dan Ferrone was one of the others). The Argos had acquired the extra territorial pick used on Bronk in a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Bronk was the Argos rookie of the year nominee in 1982 when he ran 42 times for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns and added 39 receptions for 452 yards and another 3 scores. Bronk played five seasons with the Argos but requested a trade after the 1986 season to the Montreal Alouettes. He was dealt to the Als but his career came to an end when the Alouettes folded prior to the start of the 1987 season after participating in the preseason. Over his career, Bronk had 108 rushes for 419 yards and 3 touchdowns and caught 134 passes for 1,279 yards and 8 majors. Bronk was with the Argonauts when they won the 1983 Grey Cup although he was sidelined with an injury.





William Mitchell - Linebacker (Long Beach State)



Willie Mitchell began his pro career by attending training camp with the Atlanta Falcons in 1981.  After his release from the Falcons, Mitchell signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Rough Riders later that year.  Mitchell played 3 games for the eastern Riders in 1981 and another 13 games for them in 1982 before he was released.  That proved to be a mistake as Mitchell signed with the Toronto Argonauts and became an Eastern All-Star three straight seasons starting in 1983.  Despite the recognition, the Argos released Mitchell after the 1985 season and Mitchell inked a deal with the Montreal Alouettes.  Mitchell played in 15 games for the Alouettes in 1986 but the team folded after the preseason games in 1987 and Mitchell was selected by the Edmonton Eskimos in the second round of the Alouettes dispersal draft.  Mitchell closed out his career by playing 2 games with the Eskimos.  For his career, Mitchell was credited with 10 quarterback sacks, 6 interceptions, and 5 fumble recoveries.  He also caught one pass in 1984 for 2 yards.





Lance Chomyc - Kicker (Toronto)



Lance Chomyc was selected by the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 6th round (46th overall) in the 1985 CFL Draft.  He failed to make the squad and was released.  In July 1985, he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders but was released shortly afterward without appearing in a game for the green Riders.  Later that month, Chomyc found a home as the kicker for the Toronto Argonauts.  He would hold the job until the end of the 1993 season.  Over his career, Chomyc would make 337 of 457 field goal tries for a 73.7 percentage.  He would also add 75 singles, and make 52 punts for the Argos.  During his eight seasons with the Argos, Chomyc was named a East All-Star on three occasions (1986, 1988, 1991) and an All-Canadian twice (1986 and 1991).  He was also a member of the Grey Cup champions from Toronto in 1991 as the Argos defeated the Calgary Stampeders. This jersey was worn for home games in 1988, which was the final season Argo jerseys featured the boat logo.





Toronto Argonauts Game Pants


The Argonauts used this style of pants from 1982 to 1992. This version of Russell Athletic tagging was first used in 1983 I believe and carried well into the 1990's. The pants have the number 39 written into the waist with a marker. From my research, the players who wore the number 39 for the Argos while this style of pants were worn and this tagging style intersected were Linebacker William Mitchell from 1983-85, Linebacker Doug "Tank" Landry from 1987-88 and Linebacker Prentiss Wright in 1991.





Marcus Thomas - Defensive Back (Wyoming)



Marcus Thomas signed with the British Columbia Lions in April of 1987 as a free agent.  He played sparingly in his rookie season, suiting up for just two games in 1987.  In 1988, he played in just four games but was highly productive as evidenced by his four pickoffs, two of which he returned to the house for touchdowns including one that went 88 yards.  In 1989, Thomas played in 10 games for the Lions and he recorded another two interceptions.  He was released by the Lions towards the end of the 1989 campaign and inked a deal with the Toronto Argonauts the following February.  Thomas played in just two games in 1990.  His final season came in 1991 with the Argos where he played in 9 games.  This jersey is from the 1990 set of Argos jerseys and was a one-year style for the Boatmen.  This is the only style of Argos jersey I know of to feature a bit of red in the design (trim around Toronto).

 






Michael "Pinball" Clemons - Running Back (William & Mary)



Perhaps the most popular player in Toronto Argonauts history due to his immensely positive personality and work in the community, Michael Clemons began his professional career as an 8th round draft pick (218th overall) of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.  Clemons played in 8 games for the Chiefs and gained 7 yards on 2 rushing attempts and returned 19 punts for 162 yards.   In 1988, Clemons went to training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but did not make the squad.

Clemons began a brilliant career in the CFL in 1989 by signing with the Toronto Argonauts.  In his first game with the Argonauts, Clemons was named the player of the game.  He was dubbed "Pinball" by running backs coach Tom Cudney due to his size and unique ability to bounce between defenders.  The nickname stuck and the Argonauts would routinely play The Who's "Pinball Wizard" during home games.  Clemons was named the league's Most Outstanding Player in 1990 after he set a single season record for all-purpose yards with 3,300.  In 1997, he surpassed his own single season record for all-purpose yards with 3,840. Clemons retired in 2000 with a pro-football record for most career combined yards with 25,396 to become the team's head coach.  He hung up the cleats with 12 all-time team records to his credit, including career receptions (682).  As a player, Clemons won Grey Cups with the Argos in 1991, 1996 and 1997.  This jersey was worn by Pinball during the 1992 season as evidenced by the Canada 125 patch, which was sewn to all league jerseys during that campaign.  

Late in the 2000 season, Clemons retired to take over head coaching duties for the Argos.  Pinball stepped down from coaching duties after the 2001 season but returned in the second half of the 2002 season.  In 2004, Clemons led the team to its first Grey Cup victory since 1997.  As a coach, Clemons finished his career with a regular season coaching record of 68-55-1 and a .552 winning percentage. 






Adrion Smith - Defensive Back (South West Missouri)


One of gamewornfootballjersey.com's favourite players, Adrion Smith started his CFL career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1994.  He was traded with Gary Wilkerson and Don Odegarde to Memphis for the Mad Dogs' first two picks in the Las Vegas Posse dispersal draft (Anthony Calvillo and Don Robinson).  Smith signed with the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent in 1996 after the Mad Dogs folded and would spend the next 10 years with the team, leaving only briefly in 1998 to attend training camp with the Buffalo Bills.  Smith was a CFL All-Star twice and an Eastern Division All-Star six times with the Argos.  Smith picked off 49 passes during his career and returned five of them for touchdowns.  Smith originally wore #6 with the Argos but switched to #12.  My brother asked him about the switch when he met Smith at the 2012 Grey Cup.  Smith decided to make the change after the former #12 (QB Kerwin Bell) left the team.  When Bell returned to the team, he was apparently not pleased about Smith not surrendering it.  Bell was forced to change and decided to wear #14 in his second stint with the Argos.  He would be gone again long before Smith hung up the cleats after the 2005 season.





Chris "the Comet" Cunningham - Wide Receiver (SMU)



The Comet had a brief stay in the Canadian Football League, appearing in seven games primarily as a kick returner for the Toronto Argonauts in 2004.  Cunningham fielded 7 punts that season for 55 yards and returned 4 kickoffs for 59 yards.  On offense, Cunningham caught 10 passes for 149 yards.  He also had one carry, which was stopped for a 5 yard loss.  The Comet is the younger brother of Jimmy "the Jet" Cunningham, who starred for the Argos for two seasons in the mid 1990's and delivered a key punt return touchdown to help the team win the snowy 1996 Grey CupThis particular jersey has a significant hit mark on the right shoulder just above the Argonauts logo that you can see in the final photo below.  This appears to match the mark on the jersey shown in the picture to the right.






Cory Greenwood - Linebacker (Concordia)



A Presidents' Trophy award winner for best defensive player in Canadian Interuniversity Sport Football, Cory Greenwood was a first round selection of the Toronto Argonauts (3rd overall) in the 2010 CFL Draft. However, shortly after the draft's conclusion Greenwood inked a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Although a late free agent signing, Greenwood earned a spot on the Chiefs roster and became a key reserve linebacker and special teams player in three years with the team. The Chiefs released him in May 2013 and Greenwood inked a deal with the Detroit Lions just a few days later. Greenwood suffered an injury and spent the 2013 season on injured reserve. The Lions released Greenwood in August 2014. Late in the 2014, Greenwood  signed with the Toronto Argonauts and played in two games for the team. He was an important Canadian for the club the following two seasons when healthy as he suited up for 20 games in 2015 and 2016. As a free agent in 2017, Greenwood signed with the Edmonton Eskimos but suffered a season-ending injury before it began and was released after the season.

Greenwood wore this Reebok third jersey in 2015, which can be identified through the Red Tag corporate sponsorship patch. It was purchased directly from the club at their 2017 training camp Fan Day and features some game wear in the form of a few black hit marks on the shoulders. This alternate jersey was part of Reebok's Signature Uniforms, where alternate jerseys were made for all CFL teams in an initiative that was announced in 2013. The Argos wore this style for the first time in 2014 for two games - August 17 versus the Lions and on Labour Day against the Tiger-Cats. Most CFL teams phased out the Signature Uniforms rather quickly with the Argos last donning this style in the 2015 season, after its second season of use.