Boatmen honour past stars

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

The careers of a couple of legendary Argos found common ground last night prior to the team's 2008 CFL home opener.

Joe (King) Krol and Damon Allen starred for the Double Blue in different eras but were united to have banners in their honour added to the Argos' Wall of Fame at the Rogers Centre.

The Argos also paid tribute to former Toronto Sun sports editor and columnist George Gross, who passed away suddenly in March, on the videoboard in the fourth quarter. Former Argos public address announcer Marc Chambers, who died in April, similarly was honoured.

Allen and Krol watched together from a private box as a pre-game video tribute included highlights from their playing days. The two waved to the crowd afterward but did not address the gathering.

Allen, who retired in the spring as the leading passer in professional football, was an Argo from 2003-07. He won a Grey Cup with Toronto in 2004 and was named the CFL's most outstanding player in 2005.

Krol, whose No. 55 is one of four numbers retired by the Argos, played for Toronto in the 1940s and 1950s, winning five Grey Cups.

Allen's No. 9 already has a new home this season, being worn by receiver Andre Talbot.


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