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Encyclopedia > Michael Clemons
Pinball Clemons at the 2005 Argonauts Training Camp.
Pinball Clemons at the 2005 Argonauts Training Camp.

Michael Lutrell "Pinball" Clemons, O.Ont, (b. January 15, 1965 in Dunedin, Florida, USA) is the current head coach—and one of the most famous former players—of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Image File history File linksMetadata MichaelClemons. ... Image File history File linksMetadata MichaelClemons. ... The Order of Ontario is an award given in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... Dunedin, Florida Dunedin is a city located in Pinellas County, Florida. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... The Toronto Argonauts are a Canadian Football League team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Canadian Football League (CFL; French: Ligue canadienne de football) is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ...


Pinball graduated from the College of William and Mary and then played as a running back for twelve seasons with the Argos, and has been their head coach since December 17, 2002. Clemons is 5'6" (167 cm) tall and weighs in at 170 pounds (77 kg). This diminutive size allowed him to bounce between defensive players, much like a pinball inside a pinball machine. The College of William and Mary The College of William and Mary in Virginia is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States (after Harvard). ... High school running back A running back, halfback or tailback is the position of a player on an American football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pinball is a type of coin-operated arcade game where a player attempts to score points by manipulating one or more metal balls on a playfield inside a glass case. ...


During a 28 September 2005 radio interview via cell phone, Clemons was stopped by the police for driving without a seatbelt. Not muffling the phone, he dealt with the police officer live on the radio. Motorola T2288 mobile phone A mobile phone is a portable electronic device which behaves as a normal telephone whilst being able to move over a wide area (compare cordless phone which acts as a telephone only within a limited range). ... A three-point seat belt. ...

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Playing career

Pinball played NCAA Division I-AA football on a football scholarship at the College of William and Mary. In his four-year college playing career, Pinball amassed a total of 4,778 yards and 31 touchdowns. He was also named a Division I-AA All-American and Virginia major college offensive player of the year in 1986.-1... A scholarship is an award of access to an institution and/or a financial aid award for an individual (a scholar) for the purposes of furthering their education. ... The College of William and Mary The College of William and Mary in Virginia is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States (after Harvard). ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... State nickname: Old Dominion Other U.S. States Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Tim Kaine (D-Governor Elect) Senators John Warner (R) George Allen (R) Official language(s) English Area 110,862 km² (35th)  - Land 102,642 km²  - Water 8,220 km² (7. ... See also: 1985 in sports, other events of 1986, 1987 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Geoff Bodine won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Rahal Formula One Championship - Alain Prost of France 24...


Clemons was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and played for the Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League before going to Toronto in 1989 to play in the CFL. Conference AFC Division West Year Founded 1960 Home Field Arrowhead Stadium City Kansas City, Missouri Team Colors Red, Gold, and White Head Coach Dick Vermeil League Championships (3)AFL Champions: 1962, 1966AFL Champions & Super Bowl: 1969 (IV) Conference Championships (0) Division Championships (8)AFL West: 1962, 1965, 1966AFC West: 1971... Conference NFC Division South Year Founded 1976 Home Field Raymond James Stadium City Tampa, Florida Team Colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 178-286-1 The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (sometimes abbreviated as the Bucs... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In twelve seasons with the Argonauts, Clemons established himself as one of the greatest players the CFL has ever seen, and was a Grey Cup champion three times. The nickname "Pinball" was given by Argos head coach Bob O'Billovich when describing his offensive style. Clemons retired on September 15, 2000 to become the head coach of the Argonauts. Then Prime Minister Joe Clark presents the 1979 Grey Cup to victorious Edmonton Eskimos Danny Kepley and Tom Wilkinson. ... Robert (Bob) OBillovich hails from Butte, Montana and is the current director of player personnel with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. ... September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


Clemons set CFL career and single-season records for most combined yards (rushing, receiving, punt returns, kickoff returns and missed-field-goal returns). He was named the league's most outstanding player in 1990 and was voted a division all-star at three different positions (running back, slotback and special teams) over his 12-year playing career. For the Temptations album, see 1990 (Temptations album) MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ...


Coaching career

Clemons became head coach of the Toronto Argonauts upon ending his playing career on September 15, 2000. In November 2001, he was promoted to president of the Argonauts. September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of the Volunteer The United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations Events January January 1 - A black monolith measuring approximately nine feet tall appears in Seattles Magnuson Park, placed by an anonymous...


Pinball returned officially as head coach of the Argonauts on December 17, 2002 after taking over as interim coach for the second half of the 2002 season. Pinball Clemons was nominated for CFL Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He became the first black head coach to win the Grey Cup in 2004. December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Then Prime Minister Joe Clark presents the 1979 Grey Cup to victorious Edmonton Eskimos Danny Kepley and Tom Wilkinson. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Pinball, the person

Pinball's popularity isn't restricted solely to his abilities as an athlete, but also on his kind, loving, and engaging personality towards people. In addition to his head coaching responsibilities, he is heavily active in public appearances and community involvement throughout the Greater Toronto Area, bringing with him his philanthropy, charisma, eloquence and smile. Those sincere qualities have endeared himself to GTA residents, predominantly because it's perceived to be qualities rarely found in today's pro-athletes, especially those as high profile as himself. The Greater Toronto Area (called the GTA by local residents) is the largest metropolitan area in Canada and is centred around the fifth largest city in North America, Toronto, after Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. ...


Achievements

  • Record for career all-purpose yardage (25,402)
  • Record for single-season all-purpose yardage (3,840)
  • Recorded over 5,000 career yards in rushing (5,232), pass receptions (7,015), kickoff returns (6,349), and punt returns (6,025)
  • Argonauts team records for career pass receptions (682), punt return yards (6,025), punt returns (610), punt return touchdowns (8), kickoff return yards (6,349), and kickoff returns (300)
  • Argonauts team records for single-season punt return yards (1,070), punt returns (111), and kickoff returns (49)
  • Argonauts team record for single-game kickoff returns (8)
  • CFL outstanding player (1990)
  • Three-time Grey Cup champion as a player (1991, 1996, 1997)
  • One-time Grey Cup champion as a head coach (2004)
  • Two-time CFL all-star (1990, 1997)
  • Four-time division all-star (1990, 1993, 1994, 1997)
  • Two-time Tom Pate Award winner (1993, 1996)
  • Order of Ontario (2001)

The Order of Ontario is an award given in the Canadian province of Ontario. ...

External links

  • Official Argonauts.ca Page
  • Pinball delivering a seminar speech
  • Pinball at a victory rally at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square after winning the 2004 Grey Cup
  • Pinball at a press conference on gun violence

  Results from FactBites:
 
CFL.ca Network :: Official site of the Canadian Football League (386 words)
Born and raised in Florida, Clemons began his career in the CFL in 1989 after a brief stint in the National Football League.
Known for a personality that is as electric as his style of play on the field was, Clemons redefines the meaning of community involvement and has been recognized by many organizations for his tireless work with charities, schools and other community groups.
Clemons and his wife Diane, along with their treasured daughters, Rachel, Raven, and Rylie, are proud to call Oakville home.
Michael Clemons (264 words)
Michael "Pinball" Clemons, President of the Toronto Argonauts Football Team of the CFL, and former player and coach, is every bit as dynamic on the speaker's platform as he was on the gridiron.
Michael is know by CFL fans a dazzling running back, kick returner and pass receiver who never failed to electrify the crowd with gravity-defying moves with the football.
He inspires and captivates his audiences with his story of his humble roots born to a single, loving parent and having to overcome every stereotype there is. At every level of football he encountered the same comment "too small" only to move to the next higher level and excel time and again.
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