CFL Hall of Famer
General Manager, Toronto Argonauts
Michael “Pinball” Clemons is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, personal character and integrity. He’s an author, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and currently the General Manager of the Toronto Argonauts.
Born and raised in Florida, this William and Mary economics graduate began his career in the Canadian Football League in 1989 after a brief stint in the National Football League. Renowned as one of pro football’s most electrifying players, Clemons compiled a brilliant career, including a pro-football record for most career combined yards with 25,438. He retired with 12 all-time team records to his credit and became Head Coach for the Toronto Argonauts. In this capacity he became the first and only black Head Coach to win the Grey Cup (Canada’s Super Bowl) in 96 years. In 2008 he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame with his friend and former teammate Doug Flutie.
A dynamic on-stage personality with both quiet dignity and boundless energy, he engages audience members and delivers unforgettable, often emotional speeches that touch on the potential in all of us to achieve anything to which we set our minds. Organizations respond to his presentations with rave reviews and overwhelming enthusiasm.
Mike Clemons’ football career was characterized by incredible perseverance and great skill. At only 5’6″ and 170 pounds, he won against all odds. He succeeded while others predicted failure, gave more when less would have been satisfactory. All Heart is the story of a young man guided by fierce determination.
Michael is an athlete with true character, and an incredibly generous spirit that shines on and off the field. Michael tells how his upbringing has shaped him, how his steadfast faith has always guided him, and how his commitment to his team and his community is much more than just a professional veneer, but a deeply held feeling of true spirit and belonging.
Toronto Argonauts former coach and player Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons is a man of unquestionable character and spirit. He exemplifies the capabilities of teamwork and leadership while demonstrating what it means to beat the odds.
Michael’s tireless community involvement and participation in countless charitable causes exemplify the qualities he possesses, which are so rarely found in today’s professional athletes. His presentations are at once captivating and empowering, and clearly demonstrate the capabilities of teamwork.
Clemons will share his past experiences to illustrate how people can overcome obstacles and achieve success. In his deeply moving and inspirational talk, he will speak about personal perseverance and the importance of teamwork, traits pertinent to any industry.
Renowned as one of pro football’s most electrifying players, Toronto Argonauts running back Michael “Pinball” Clemons is the CFL’s all time, all purpose yardage leader. However, it is his exceptional character, in addition to his outstanding athletic ability, which has made him the remarkable fan favourite he is throughout Canada.
He inspires his audiences by illustrating what is possible and what it means to beat the odds. Pinball communicates his heartfelt stories with a passionate spirit and his patented, contagious smile. Organizations respond to his presentations with rave reviews and overwhelming enthusiasm.