Legendary Argonaut Toogood dies

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

TORONTO - Teddy Toogood was almost too good for his era, proving it’s the size of a man’s heart rather than his physical dimensions that separates the average football player from the very best.

The legendary Argo, who attended Runnymede Collegiate and would later serve his country in the Air Force, passed away Sunday. Toogood would have celebrated his 87th birthday on Aug. 27.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 12 years ago, Toogood has donated his brain as part of the CFL’s concussion awareness program.

“A great life full of adventures,’’ said Toogood’s widow, Joan. “He was a great guy.”

And a great player on the gridiron.

“Anything they asked of Ted, he would do,” Joan said. “He was small, probably weighed 160 pounds soaking wet, but Ted was very fast and he was an excellent tackler. He didn’t just grab players by their shirts, he would bring them down properly.”

Nick Volpe, who serves as a consultant for the Argos, attended East York and would go toe to toe with Toogood.

The two became teammates at U of T and later with the Argos.

“Teddy had two punt returns for touchdowns in one game,” Volpe said. “It was unheard of because there was no blocking. Reverse left, reverse right, go right, go left, criss cross or go up the middle, that’s what we used to do.

“The two of us were always out there on special teams with one guy saying I got it, the other guy telling him what to do.”

While funeral arrangements have yet to be arranged, visitation will be held at Turner & Porter (2357 Bloor St. West at Windermere).


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