BEAVERTON, Or -- On behalf of former Head Coach Don Matthews, the Toronto Argonauts Football Club has issued the following statement:
“Many of my friends in the CFL have contacted me over the past few months to participate in events around the Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction and the 100th Grey Cup Festival. Unfortunately, I will be unable to participate in any of these activities and I wanted to let Canadian Football League colleagues and fans know the reason why.
“My doctors have found cancer cells in my lymph nodes and are still trying to determine from where these cells originate. It is early and I am still exploring my options and seeking medical advice.
“I’ve got this and I’m dealing with this. But I want everyone to know I plan to fight like hell and I intend to be playing golf at this time next year.
“I wish everyone well as the 100th Grey Cup is celebrated and am sorry I will not be there with all of you as I focus, with my wife Stephanie, on my immediate battle off the field.”