TO BE NAMED ALL-TIME ARGO
September 02, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto - The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association is pleased to announce that defensive tackle Jim Stillwagon will be named an All-Time Argo at the September 11 Retro Night game vs. the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Rogers Centre.
This addition brings the total number of All-Time Argos to 20 and the first All-Time Argo named since 2006.
Peter Martin, President of the Alumni Association, remarked, "On behalf of the Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association, I would like to congratulate Jim on this honour.
By today's standards, Jim was considered to be an undersized lineman, however, he more than made up for it with his quickness, speed, and perhaps more importantly, his work ethic.
paired up with another Jim
, Corrigall, to create one of the toughest defensive lines and run-stopping tandems in the league during the 1970s.
A three-time CFL and East Division All-Star (1971, 1972 and 1974), Stillwagon
was named to the Modern Era (1954-1973) All-Argonaut
Team in 1974 and was added to the club's All-Time Argos Depth Chart in 2007 at defensive tackle.
Stillwagon was brought into the Argos organization by former Head Coach and General Manager Leo Cahill in 1971 after a stellar career as a three-year starter with the Ohio State Buckeyes.
An All-American in his
junior and senior year, Stillwagon
was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
Just prior to joining the Argos, Stillwagon was a fifth round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 1971 NFL Draft.
Commented Stillwagon, "This honour is bigger than just me.
It is a statement of achievement for the players I played with, the coaches I played for and the opponents I played against.
The way that the Argonauts organization has contributed to the game of football since its inception is like no other and this is truly one of the great accomplishments of my football career."
Honouring Jim Stillwagon
will be named an All-Time Argo during halftime at the September 11 game.
will arrive in Toronto on Wednesday, September 9 and watch the Argonauts pre-game walk through, address the team and attend the media conference at University of Toronto at Mississauga
the day before the game.
At the game, the ceremony will feature a video tribute, the unveiling of the banner, a gathering of alumni from all generations on-field, a short speech by Jim and a gift presentation by Argos President and CEO Bob Nicholson and Vice Chair Michael "Pinball" Clemons.
In addition, fans are invited to meet Jim
and other alumni at a pre-game autograph session outside Gate 3 beginning at 5:45 p.m.