Clemons up for coaching honour

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

It's a rarity when they're together these days, but brothers Damon and Marcus Allen are going to be united for a special cause.

The Argos quarterback and his older brother, who had a Hall of Fame career as a running back in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, will be keynote speakers at the Coach of the Year luncheon, Feb. 23 at the Fairmont Royal York.

The two will talk about the important role leadership and mentorship play in the lives of today's youth. Leadership and mentorship are an integral part of Stop the Violence -- the Argos' Foundation -- initiated by the Argos last August and aimed at addressing issues of violent and gun-related crimes through increased awareness.

"Damon has emerged as a major celebrity in our city," Argos president Keith Pelley said yesterday. "To combine him with his Hall of Fame brother it makes for an even more special event."

Yesterday it was announced Mike (Pinball) Clemons is a finalist for coach of the year, along with Edmonton's Danny Maciocia and Calgary's Tom Higgins.

This is the fourth consecutive year Clemons is a finalist.

Maciocia is the favourite to win the award. He won the Grey Cup in his rookie season after finishing third in the West Division in the regular season.


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