June 10, 2008

Argos Sign Veteran Kicker Mike Vanderjagt

Mississauga (CFL.ca) – The Toronto Argonauts announced that two-time Grey Cup Champion, and the most accurate kicker in NFL history, Mike Vanderjagt has signed a contract with the club.

An Oakville, Ontario native, Vanderjagt carried the
Argonauts on his foot to consecutive Grey Cup Championships in 1996 and
1997. He still holds several Argos regular season, playoff and Grey Cup
records for excellence in place kicking and punting. In 1996, he was
named the Grey Cup game’s Most Outstanding Canadian for a perfect
5-for-5 performance. He was named an East Division and CFL All-Star for
a terrific 1997 season in which he single-handedly scored 190 points.

Regarded as the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history with a
staggering 86.4% average, Vanderjagt spent nine seasons in the NFL,
primarily with the Indianapolis Colts and part of one season with the
Dallas Cowboys. He achieved perfection for field goal kicking (37 for
37) in the 2003 season, the same year he won the AFC scoring title and
was named to the NFL Pro-Bowl team. He also won the 1999 NFL scoring
title in just his second season.

Argos’ GM/VP, Football Operations Adam Rita remarked, “Mike Vanderjagt
is probably the best field goal kicker in the history of the game. We
know him, he’s been an Argonaut before and we think he’ll be good in
the locker room and on the field. We’re ecstatic to have the hometown
boy back again.”

Vanderjagt is expected to report late this afternoon and will be on the field with his teammates tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.