Pinball: The Making of a Canadian Hero

Paperback | July 21, 2006

byPerry Lefko

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In 2004, Michael "Pinball" Clemons became the first black coach in the history of the CFL to hoist the Grey Cup in victory, the culmination of an experience that began when he came to Canada in 1989 as an unheralded American football player deemed too small to make it in the National Football League. Not only did Clemons make it big—literally and figuratively—in the Canadian Football League in a career that spanned 11½ seasons, but he cultivated a reputation as an enduring Canadian figure.

In between dazzling people with his on-field exploits that resulted in winning the Most Valuable Player in the Canadian Football League in 1990, he became a Most Valuable Person off the field, too, giving generously of his time to charity and causes. His motivational speaking abilities at countless events have wowed his listeners. And throughout this period, Clemons began to realize that he wanted to make Canada his full-time home, embracing the country that, in turn, has embraced him.

The book will focus on how it all came to be and how Mike Clemons’ special qualities contributed to making him an enduring Canadian personality, well known beyond the city of Toronto where he became the most popular athlete. It will describe his tremendous natural leadership skills and important inspirational messages to Canadians.

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In 2004, Michael "Pinball" Clemons became the first black coach in the history of the CFL to hoist the Grey Cup in victory, the culmination of an experience that began when he came to Canada in 1989 as an unheralded American football player deemed too small to make it in the National Football League. Not only did Clemons make it big—literally and figuratively—in the Canadian Football League in a c...

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Michael "Pinball" Clemons came into the Canadian Football League a virtual unknown, but he retired as a sporting hero, and has become a cultural icon. In this day and age of fallen sports stars, Clemons stands out as a true hero—not just for his athletic accomplishments, but also for his humanity and dedication to high ideals. Both on the field and in the community, he has become a role model for ...

Perry Lefko worked for the Toronto Sun as a sports writer from 1985 to 2006, reporting on amateur sports, curling, horse racing and football, then accepted an offer to become the Communications Director for the Canadian Football League. He is a three-time Sovereign Award winner for outstanding writing about Canadian horse racing, has twice received honourable mention in the Sun Media category of sports writing, and o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.06 × 5.91 × 0.79 inPublished:July 21, 2006Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0470839090

ISBN - 13:9780470839096

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Chapter 1. The Dream Week.

Chapter 2. Growing Up in Florida.

Chapter 3. College and the NFL.

Chapter 4. The Making of Pinball.

Chapter 5. The Toronto Treasure.

Chapter 6. Coach Clemons.

Chapter 7. Presidential Appointment.

Chapter 8. Taking Ownership.

Chapter 9. Epilogue.

Index.