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MICHAEL "PINBALL" CLEMONS

Michael Clemons was born January 15, 1965 in Dunedin, Florida. A William and Mary College economics graduate, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts in June, 1989 after a brief stint with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. In his first game as an Argo, he was named player-of-the-game with two kickoff returns for 62 yards and five punt returns for 46 yards.

His coach, Bob O’Billovich, started calling his dynamic running back and returner “Pinball” because of his knack for bouncing off would-be tacklers. In just his second year, Pinball set a single season record amassing 3,300 all-purpose yards. In 1997, Clemons surpassed his own mark when he recorded 3,840 all-purpose yards, a record that still stands today. He also holds the career record for combined yards with 25,438. Both are both pro-football records.

In 1999 he passed the 5,000 yard mark in four separate categories: rushing (5,341), receiving (7,015), kickoff returns (6,349), and punt returns (6,025) -- the only person in pro-football to do this.

After a phenomenal career, Pinball retired in 2000 and immediately stepped into the head coaching position which he held until November, 2001. After a brief period as the club’s President, Clemons again took over the head coaching job from 2002 to 2007. He now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Argonauts.

He has been recognized by many organizations for his work with charities, schools and other community groups. In 2005, he was an integral part of launching The Argos Foundation –- Stop the Violence. In February, 2006, Clemons was named Chair of the Youth Challenge Fund by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. In 2007, he fulfilled a long-time ambition by launching the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth.

“American by birth but Canadian by choice”, Clemons and his wife Diane, along with their daughters Rachel, Raven and Rylie, live in Oakville, Ontario.

Playing Career
Toronto Argonauts: 1989–2000

Coaching Career
Toronto Argonauts: 2000-2007

Awards and Honours
CFL Most Outstanding Player: 1990
CFL All-Star: 1990, 1997
CFL East All-star: 1990, 1993, 1994, 1997
Tom Pate Award: 1993, 1996
Order of Ontario: 2001
Grey Cup Winning Teams (Player): 1991, 1996, 1997
Grey Cup Winning Teams (Head Coach): 2004

MICHAEL "PINBALL" CLEMONS STATISTICS
SCORING
RUSHING
YEARTEAMGPTDCFGSTP
NOYDSAVELGTD
1989TOR10200012
281344.8231
1990TOR161400084
1055194.9624
1991TOR11600036
644436.9643
1992TOR185x10032
1485723.9200
1993TOR186x10038
894815.4321
1994TOR16600036
1497875.3603
1995TOR181100066
1818364.6297
1996TOR18900054
612864.7235
1997TOR1815x10092
503156.3474
1998TOR16900054
1486104.1253
1999TOR1600000
582494.3170
2000TOR10200012
261094.2230
TOTALCFL18585x300516
1,1075,3414.86431

RECEIVING
PUNT RETURNS
YEARTEAMNOYDSAVELGTD
NOYDSAVELGTD
1989TOR122.020
5050710.1481
1990TOR7290512.6658
741,04514.1922
1991TOR3841711.0282
3244013.8941
1992TOR4655912.2525
342798.2320
1993TOR323139.8313
777169.3792
1994TOR5157711.3692
766718.8901
1995TOR594337.3304
564708.4440
1996TOR1161,26810.9524
1114513.2490
1997TOR1221,0858.95610
1111,0709.6651
1998TOR9399510.7416
10676.7150
1999TOR302498.3290
614737.8580
2000TOR222129.6332
181427.9250
TOTALCFL6827,01510.36946
6106,0259.9948

KICKOFF RETURNS
MISSED FIELD GOAL RETURNS
YEARTEAMNOYDSAVELGTD
NOYDSAVELGTD
1989TOR1335627.4450
615826.3440
1990TOR3983121.3510
000.000
1991TOR1921611.4230
1-10-10.0-100
1992TOR1529519.7380
000.000
1993TOR3060420.1410
33110.3140
1994TOR1631719.8400
5479.4200
1995TOR3570620.2630
514328.6520
1996TOR3388326.8720
14444.0440
1997TOR491,11722.8620
725336.1630
1998TOR814918.6340
000.000
1999TOR2249622.5470
35317.7330
2000TOR2137918.0490
1-11-11.000
TOTALCFL3006,34921.2720
3270820.5630

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