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Michael Clemons bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Michael (Pinball) Clemons

Playing Career

Toronto Argonauts
1989 - 2000

Awards and Honours

Canadian Football League (CFL) Most Outstanding Player
1990 (1)

All-Eastern Special Teams
1990, 1993, 1994, 1997 (4)

All-Canadian Special Teams
1990, 1997 (2)

Tom Pate Award
1993, 1996 (2)

Grey Cup Participation
1991, 1996, 1997 (3)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1991, 1996, 1997 (3)

Career Highlights

  • 5th on the Toronto Argonauts All-Time Most games played with 186 (as of 2015).

  • 2nd on the Toronto Argonauts All-Time Career Touchdowns list with 85 (as of 2015).

  • 1st on the Toronto Argonauts All-Time Punt Return Yards in a season with 1,070 (as of 2015). This was done in 1997.

Michael (Pinball) Clemons signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts in 1989. In his first game as an Argonaut, he was named player-of-the-game with two kickoff returns for 62 yards and five punt returns for 46 yards.

Then Toronto Argonauts head coach, Bob O'Billovich, started calling Clemons "Pinball" because of his knack for bouncing off would-be tacklers. In 1997, he amassed 3,840 all-purpose yards.

During the 1999 season, Clemons passed the 5,000 yard mark in the following categories: rushing with 5,341 yards, receiving with 7,015 yards, kick-off returns yards with 6,349, and punt returns yards with 6,025 - the only person in pro-football to do this.

At the time of his retirement in 2000, he held the pro-football record for most combined yards in season with 3,840 and most career combined yards with 25,438.

After a phenomenal career, Clemons retired in 2000 and immediately stepped into the head coaching position which he held until 2001. After a brief period as the Argonauts president, Clemons again took over the head coaching job from 2002 until 2007, in which he won his only Grey Cup as a coach in 2004.

Michael (Pinball) Clemons is also a member of the Order of Ontario and had his number retired by the Toronto Argonauts.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008 as a player.

Class of 2008

John BonkMichael ClemonsDoug FlutieMike PringleTom Shepherd

Football Reporters of Canada

Tony ProudfootHerb Zurkowsky

Clemons, Michael (Pinball)
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