Toronto Argonauts

Facts and information about the Toronto Argonauts

  • The interesting team name comes from the fact that the Argonauts were formed in 1873 by the Toronto Argonauts Rowing Club.
  • The Toronto Argonauts are not only the oldest professional football team in either Canada or the United States, they are the oldest professional sports franchise of any kind to still retain their original team name.
  • The Argonauts two tone blue uniforms started the tradition of professional teams in Toronto (Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, etc.) using blue as not only the teams colors, but the city’s colors as well.
  • The Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup in 1952, they wouldn’t win the championship again until 1983.
  • In the 1991 Grey Cup victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Rookie Raghib “Rocket” Ismail returned a kickoff 87 yards for a Touchdown.
  • In 1993 the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos were involved in a massive 16 player trade.
  • Behind star Quarterback Doug Flutie, the Argonauts won the Grey Cup in 1996 and 1997.
  • Showing just how impressive the 1997 Toronto Argonauts were; Doug Flutie won the Most Outstanding Player award, Mike Kiselak won Most Outstanding Lineman, Derrell Mitchell was the Most Outstanding Rookie, and Don Matthews won the Coach of the Year award.
  • In 1992, the Argos played against the Calgary Stampeders in an exhibition game in Portland, Oregon. The following year the CFL expanded into America.
  • In 1999 Linebacker Mike O’Shea became the first Toronto Argonaut to win the Most Outstanding Canadian award.
  • Toronto Argonaut great Damon Allen is the brother of former NFL star and Hall-of-Fame running back Marcus Allen.
  • In the year 2000, after a disappointing 1-6-1 start to the season the Argonauts fired Head Coach John Huard. Argonaut player Michael Clemons promptly retired and took over as Head Coach in the middle of the season. Two years later, after another disappointing start to the season, Clemons would come down to the sidelines from his position as Team President and finish the season as Head Coach after Gary Etcheverry’s firing.
  • In 2003, Damon Allen moved past Dolphins great and Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino into second place for all-time passing yards in professional football.
  • The 2005 season saw Bashir Levingston win the Special Teams Player of the Year for the incredible tenth time.
  • The best one-season statistics Quarterback Damon Allen ever put up came in his 21st season in the Canadian Football League (2005).
  • In 2006, the only team in all of professional football to have two former Heisman Trophy winners on its roster was the Toronto Argonauts; Running Back Ricky Williams and Quarterback Eric Crouch.
  • Eric Crouch and Ricky Williams weren’t the only Heisman Trophy connection on the 2006 Toronto Argonauts. Quarterback Damon Allen is the brother of former Heisman winner and NFL Hall-of-Fame running back Marcus Allen. Defensive Back Anthony Dorsett is the son of Tony Dorsett, former Heisman winner and NFL Running Back with the Dallas Cowboys.
  • One-time NFL Running Back Terry Metcalf, who is the father of former NFL Running Back Eric Metcalf, played for Toronto in the 1970s.
  • Players who played for the Argonauts that also made a name for themselves in the NFL: Joe Theismann, Doug Flutie, Terry Metcalf, Rocket Ismail, Gil Fenerty, Ricky Williams, and Mike Vanderjagt.
  • The 1997 Toronto Argonauts were the first professional football team to have two different Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks on their roster; Doug Flutie (Boston College – 1984) and Andre Ware (University of Houston – 1989).
  • Doug Flutie played only two seasons for the Toronto Argonauts (1996 & 1997) and led them to Grey Cup championships twice.

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