Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Argos Extend Owens
The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is excited to announce that reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player SB/KR Chad Owens will wear Double Blue through the 2014 season!
Commented Argonauts General Manager Jim Barker, "Extending Chad Owens' contract helps us to create continuity and ensures another key player remains in Double Blue for the foreseeable future. Over the past several months, we have been busy putting the pieces in place to build a team that our fans and all of Toronto will be proud of for the long term. Chad is a dynamic player whose work ethic resonates within our locker room, and we are very happy he has committed to being an Argonaut."
The "Flyin' Hawaiian" enjoyed one of the most prolific CFL seasons ever in 2012. Owens became the first player in CFL history to lead the league in both receiving yards (1,328) and kick return yards (2,418), and broke a 15 year-old record held by Michael "Pinball" Clemons for most Combined Yards in a single season with 3,862. For his efforts, Owens was named the CFL Most Outstanding Player and CFL All-Star at receiver while helping lead the Argonauts to a memorable victory in the 100th Grey Cup championship on November 25, 2012 at Rogers Centre. Owens was red-hot during last season's post-season Grey Cup run. He scored his first punt return touchdown of the year (vs. Edmonton in the Eastern Semi-Final at Rogers Centre), set a club single-game playoff record with 11 receptions for 207 yards in the Eastern Final against Montreal, and scored the first touchdown for the Double Blue in the 100th Grey Cup victory. Recently, Owens was named the number one player on CFL's Top 50 list for 2013, marking it the first time an Argonauts player has sat atop this list.
Chad Owens remarked, "I am very excited for the opportunity to remain in Toronto and continue to build off of what we were able to accomplish in 2012. I appreciate the confidence the organization is showing in me by giving me this extension and I love the city of Toronto. I am looking forward to sharing more successes with the city, my teammates, our coaches and with the fans as we strive toward our ultimate goal of winning another Grey Cup."
The Argonauts acquired Owens in a trade with the Montreal Alouettes on June 23, 2010. Over his three year career in Double Blue, Owens has amassed 2,636 receiving yards, 5,464 kick return yards and 2,652 punt return yards. He was named East Division Special Teams Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011, and captured CFL Special Teams Player of the Year in 2011 before finally receiving the CFL MOP award last season. He was also named a CFL All-Star at kick returner in 2010 and 2011 before being named a CFL All-Star at receiver in 2012.
(Toronto Argonauts Football Club)