|Born:||August 16, 1970|
Concord, North Carolina
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL East All-Star||1997, 1998, 2000|
Lester Smith (born August 16, 1970 in Concord, North Carolina) was a football player in the CFL for eight years. Smith played defensive back for the Baltimore Stallions, Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes from 1994-2001. He was a CFL All-Star in 1997and won two Grey Cup Championships (1995 and 1996) with the Stallions and Argos. He played college football at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, where he was a two-time All-American and had his #15 jersey retired.
The Memphis Mad Dogs were a Canadian football team that played the 1995 season in the Canadian Football League. The Mad Dogs were part of a failed attempt to expand the CFL into the United States. They played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
The 1996 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 43rd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 39th Canadian Football League season.
Orlondo Steinauer is the head coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). As a player, he played professional Canadian football as a safety for 13 seasons with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts from 1996 to 2008. He finished his career second all-time in CFL history for interception return yards with 1178 yards. Steinauer was a two-time Grey Cup champion as a player after winning in 1999 with the Tiger-Cats and in 2004 with the Argonauts. He has also won a championship as a coach, winning the 100th Grey Cup as the defensive backs coach for the Toronto Argonauts in 2012.
Joe Montford is a Canadian and American football defensive end. Montford played with the Shreveport Pirates, the Toronto Argonauts, the Edmonton Eskimos, the Charlotte Rage of the Arena Football League and, most famously, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
James Thomas Popp is an American sports executive and a Canadian football icon, who has been recognized as one of the brightest minds in professional sports, known for his ability to both build expansion teams and rebuild established franchises into championship organizations. Popp has the uncanny ability to hire, develop, mentor top executives, coaches, and players that are spread across North America. Popp most recently was the general manager of the Toronto Argonauts football club of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He had previously served as Vice President, General Manager, Head Coach, Director of Football Operations, and Director of Player Personnel of the Montreal Alouettes, General Manager and Director of Player Personnel of the Baltimore Stallions, and the Director of Player Personnel and Wide Receiver Coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Popp has become one of the most decorated General Managers in professional sports, leading three separate franchises to a total of 5 Grey Cups championship wins and his teams have appeared in 18 Divisional Championship games, 11 Grey Cups.
Marvin Luster was an American football defensive back and end. He played college football at UCLA and professional football in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for from 1961 to 1974. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
Jordan Younger is a former professional cornerback in the Canadian Football League. Younger majored in political science at the University of Connecticut where he also played college football and holds the school record for career kick return touchdowns with 4.
David E. Raimey is a former American football player. He played college football as a halfback for the University of Michigan from 1960 to 1962. He then played professional football as a defensive back for the Cleveland Browns in 1964 and as a running back and defensive back in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1965-1968) and Toronto Argonauts (1969-1974). He played in two Grey Cups, one for the Blue Bombers and one for the Argonauts. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
James W. Rountree was an American college and professional football player who was a defensive back in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for ten years during the 1950s and 1960s. Rountree played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
Tyron Lyle Brackenridge is a former Canadian football defensive backs coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He is a former gridiron football cornerback who played the majority of his career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, where he won a Grey Cup championship in 2013. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Washington State.
Adrion "Pee Wee" Smith was a football player in the CFL for twelve years. Smith played defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Memphis Mad Dogs and Toronto Argonauts from 1994–2005. He was a CFL All-Star four times and won three Grey Cup Championships with the Argos. Smith was noted for occasionally playing quarterback as well as returning punts. As such, he was considered relatively versatile. He played college football at Southwest Missouri State University. In 2007, he was a radio analyst for the Argonauts. In 2008, Smith was a CFL analyst on Rogers Sportsnet. In 2011, Smith married Denise Warriner and they share three children together, Makayla, Kiondre and Charlize.
Dwight Anderson is a former professional Canadian football defensive back in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at South Dakota.
The 1996 Montreal Alouettes finished in second place in the East Division with a 12–6 record in the franchise's first full season in the Canadian Football League since 1986. Unlike the lean years from 1981–86, the revived Alouettes were going to be competitive, especially since most of them had won the Grey Cup in the previous season as the Baltimore Stallions. They had some nice talented offensive players from that team, such as Tracy Ham, Mike Pringle, kick returner Chris Wright, slotback Chris Armstrong, and two great defensive players in Irvin Smith, and Elfrid Payton. After a slow start they rebounded to finish strong and after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, they traveled to Toronto, where they were defeated in the East Final by the eventual Grey Cup champions, the Toronto Argonauts.
Cassius M. Vaughn is a former Canadian football defensive back. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Ole Miss. In the NFL, Vaughn has also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers. He made his CFL debut in 2016 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Marcello Muhammad Simmons is a former professional gridiron football defensive back and the former special teams coordinator for the BC Lions. He played for two seasons in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals before playing for seven seasons in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts, Edmonton Eskimos, and BC Lions. He is a three-time Grey Cup champion having won twice as a player in 1996 and 1997 and once as a coach in 2004. He played college football for the SMU Mustangs.
Shawn Lemon is a Canadian football defensive lineman for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at the University of Akron and attended Westlake High School in Waldorf, Maryland. He has also been a member of seven CFL teams, three arena football teams and two NFL teams.
Ahmaad Smith is a former American football defensive back who played one season with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at Tennessee State University. He was also a member of the Mississippi MudCats, Texas Copperheads, Team Tennessee, BC Lions, Toronto Argonauts and Pittsburgh Power. Smith appeared on Michael Irvin's reality show 4th and Long.
Jeff Richards is a gridiron football defensive back for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M from 2009 to 2010 before transferring to Emporia State. He previously played for the Ottawa Redblacks and helped them win the 104th Grey Cup in 2016.
Dondre Wright is a professional Canadian football defensive back who is currently a free agent. He was most recently a member of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for the New Mexico Military Institute Broncos and the Henderson State Reddies.
Charles Anthony is a former American professional Canadian football defensive back who played in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at UNLV.