Bishop Boards the Ship for Second Tour
Toronto Argonauts

Posted Aug 11, 2006

Just one day before the Toronto Argonauts travel to Ivor Wynne to take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the club is pleased to welcome back QB Michael Bishop.

Bishop dressed in 67 games for Toronto over four seasons from 2002 to 2005. He played a significant role in helping the Argos win the 2004 Grey Cup Championship, finishing with a 4-3-1 regular season record as a starter. His best CFL game statistically was on August 24, 2004 when he threw for 300 yards and rushed for 96 yards on route to a win over Winnipeg at Rogers Centre. His heroics earned him the CFL Offensive Player of the Week award.


Bishop has seen extensive time in the Arena Football League over the past several seasons and is the league record holder for rushing yards in a single season (459) and a single game (100). The former Heisman trophy candidate, who was the runner-up to current Argonauts RB Ricky Williams in 1998, recently played with the Chicago Rush and participated in seven games helping them to the 2006 league championship.


Michael Bishop #17


6’2”, 215 lbs.

Kansas State                                                  

Born: May 15, 1976                                          

Galveston, Texas

5th Year Argo / 5th Year CFL                              



Acquired:  Signed with Toronto as a CFL free agent on August 11, 2006.


2006: Played 7 games with the Chicago Rush, completing 60.4% of his passes for 10 TDs and a 94.7 passer efficiency rating…Part of Arena Bowl Championship team.


2005: Returned to Grand Rapids Rampage (AFL) in January…Set all-time AFL single game rushing record of 100 yards (05/02/05) and named AFL Player of the Week, became first member of Grand Rapids club to ever be named Player of the Week…named Offensive Player of the Game four times…Shattered the AFL single season rushing record tallying 459 yards on the ground…Arrived at Argonauts training camp on June 5…Played in 18 games for Toronto, starting two…Week 6, dressed as backup QB and entered the game in the third quarter when Damon Allen fell to injury, threw for 111 yards and 1 TD in 1.5 quarters of play…Week 7, made first start of the season against Montreal (12/08/05) at QB before being relieved by Damon Allen following halftime…Week 18, made second start of season in loss to Ottawa at Frank Clair Stadium…Signed a 2-year contract with the Chicago Rush (AFL) on November 1…2005 Playoffs Dressed as backup QB in East Division Championship loss to Montreal at Rogers Centre.


2004: Signed with the Grand Rapids Rampage (AFL) February 25…saw action in five games…returned to Toronto in time for training camp…Dressed primarily as a backup QB but started in Weeks 11-18 & 20 for injured Damon Allen…Week 9, dressed as backup QB and entered game in 3rd quarter for injured Damon Allen against Montreal and completed 3 of 10 passes for 39 yards (LG 21) with 2 INT…Week 10 vs WPG (24/08/04), started his first contest since Sept. 15, 2002 and looked sharp completing 16 of 27 passes for career highs including (59.3%) for 300 yards (LG 67) and 1 TD, also collected 10 carries for 96 yards (LG 29), including one for a TD, was named CFL’s Offensive Player of the Week for first time in his career…Week 16 vs WPG (18/09/04), set a single game career-high with 3 TD passes…Returned to backup role vs HAM in Week 19, behind Damon Allen…Week 20, started vs Montreal and left the game in the first quarter in favour of Damon Allen…2004 Playoffs Dressed as backup QB behind Damon Allen vs Hamilton in East Semi-Final…Dressed as backup QB behind Damon Allen in East Championship vs Montreal…Grey Cup Championship Dressed as backup QB behind Damon Allen in win vs BC, entered the game in the third quarter and completed 3 of 4 passes for 38 yards (LG 18) and rushed twice for 7 yards (LG 5).


2003: Dressed in all 18 games…dressed as Toronto’s third QB in opening loss…replaced Marcus Brady at QB in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s 49-8 victory over Hamilton…dressed as the third QB from weeks 2 to 5…dressed as the third QB and entered game vs Calgary in week 6…Entered week 7 game against the Lions for one series…dressed as a third QB in week 8 and entered the game in week 9 completing 2 of 7 pass attempts for 53 yards with 1 INT…dressed as third QB in weeks 10 to 17 and saw no action…Entered week 18 game vs Montreal and saw action in the fourth quarter…Week 19 dressed as third QB…2003 Playoffs Dressed as the third QB in East Semi-Final vs B.C….dressed in the East Championship as the third QB but quickly became the backup when Allen was sidelined with an injury and Marcus Brady entered the game…Bishop made one hail-mary pass attempt on the final play of the game.


2002: Rights acquired by the Toronto Argonauts, along with two 2002 late round draft choices (DL Chuck Walsh & WR Darryl Ray), from the Calgary Stampeders in exchange for LB Michel Dupuis, a 2003 first-round draft choice (LB Emmanuel Casseus) and a conditional 2002 draft pick (TE Deitan Dubuc) on March 26, 2002…Started 5 games at quarterback for the Argos in his rookie season…Listed behind veteran Stanley Jackson on the pre-season depth charts…earned the first start of his CFL career against the B.C. Lions on July 9 and led the team to a 30-22 win…suffered an injured hamstring in his next start against Edmonton, but came back to start the next week (Week 5) against Winnipeg…gave way to veteran Reggie Slack as the team’s starter in Week 6 against Ottawa…started against Hamilton in Week 10 and threw for a score and ran for another as Toronto lost 22-14 in the Labour Day Classic…came on in relief of injured starter Reggie Slack in Week 11 for a 30-25 win over Ottawa…started against Saskatchewan in Week 12 but gave way to newly-signed Jim Ballard in the second half in a 40-11 loss to the Riders.


2001: Spent time in the training camps of both the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers in 2001…after spending two seasons with the Patriots was released by New England on August 20 and claimed off waivers by Green Bay… released by Green Bay on August 25…started in six games for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe...In his best game he completed 19 of 26 passes for 233 yards, including one touchdown and one interception before having to leave the game vs. Berlin with an injured hamstring in Week Five.


2000: Played in eight games with the Patriots in 2000...Indianapolis (10/8): Completed his first professional pass attempt for a 44-yard hail-mary TD to Tony Simmons on the last play of the first half...became the first player since Pat Haden to complete his first NFL pass for 40 or more yards.


1999: Listed among the Patriots’ inactive players for 15 of their 16 games…was active for the Patriots’ game vs. Miami (10/17), but did not play...In four preseason games, completed 17 of 34 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns.


College: Bishop started in all 25 games (including bowl games) during his two seasons at Kansas State and posted a 22-3 (.880) record…finished second in the 1998 Heisman Trophy voting to Ricky Williams... holds the school career records with 23 rushing touchdowns and 1,314 yards rushing for quarterbacks (11th overall)...started at Blinn (Texas) Junior College during 1995-96 season and went 24-0 with two NJCAA national titles.


Personal: Michael Paul Bishop was born the son of Artis and Ethel Bishop...All-Montgomery County, All-City and All-State selection at Willis (Texas) High...two-year starter who averaged 221.2 yards per game passing as a senior...majored in sociology at Kansas State...Michael has one daughter, Nia, and enjoys writing poetry and listening to R&B music… cousin of Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx.

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