Michael “Pinball” Clemons is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, personal character and integrity. Having graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in economics, he was drafted by the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs in 1987. He joined the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Toronto Argonauts in 1989, earning the nickname “Pinball” because of his running style. He became head coach of the Argos in September 2000, a position he held until 2007.
Pinball is a four-time Grey Cup winner, playing three championships and coaching one. He was the pro-football world record holder in all-purpose yards until 2012, which earned him induction into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2008. He is also the first and only black head coach to win the Grey Cup in its 100 years.
Mike is also well known for his off-the-field activities. He is the founder of his own foundation whose most noteworthy project to date is building 131 schools in third-world countries over five years. The author, philanthropist and entrepreneur is currently Vice-Chair of the Toronto Argonauts.
A member of the distinguished Order of Ontario, Mike’s proudest accomplishment is to be the husband of Diane, and the father of Rachel, Raven and Rylie.