Allen Signs On for Another Tour of Duty
Toronto Argonauts

Posted Mar 10, 2007

Professional football’s all-time leading passer, QB Damon Allen has signed on for a fifth straight season with the Toronto Argonauts.

Damon Allen commented, “I’m excited about returning to the Argos, especially knowing that Grey Cup 2007 is in Toronto.  It is our strong desire to win a championship in our home city.  I want to thank the great Argo fans for encouraging me this off season to return to Toronto.  They were a large part of my decision to remain an Argonaut for another season.”


Argonauts’ Head Coach Michael “Pinball” Clemons remarked, “I would say welcome back but the truth of the matter is, Damon never left.  Recently, many questioned his ability to lead the team to a Grey Cup again.  History frowns on the fate of those who have gone against him.  Damon has accepted the challenge to compete for the number one position so naysayers beware.  I know Damon is as excited as I am about this season, the season where the Grey Cup return to the City of Toronto.”


Commented Argonauts’ Offensive Coordinator Steve Buratto, “I’m delighted that Damon has chosen to stay with the Argonauts.  I will evaluate him as an athlete, without regard to his chronological age.  He will come to camp and compete for the starting position. The passion he continues to show for this game and his skills should put him in good stead to win the job and take his team to the Grey Cup.”


One of the most accomplished and celebrated players in the CFL, Allen’s 22-year career spans three decades and includes four Grey Cup Championships, two Grey Cup MVP’s, one Grey Cup Offensive Player of the Game, one CFL All-Star nomination and one CFL Most Outstanding Player award. His 71,889 passing yards are more than any other player in professional football, and his 11,899 rushing yards rank as the third highest total in CFL history – just 344 yards behind his brother, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen’s career rushing total.


In just four seasons, Allen has also carved his name into the Argonauts’ record books. In 2007, he is poised to become the club’s all-time leading passer, improving on legendary Argo QB Condredge Holloway’s marks for most passing yards, passing attempts and passing completions. Allen needs to pass for 3,137 yards, 343 attempts and 143 completions to move into first.


Damon Allen - CFL Regular Season Records
- CFL’s all-time leading passer 
- CFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns 
- CFL’s all-time leader in pass attempts 
- CFL’s all-time leader in pass completions 
- CFL’s all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback (ranks 3rd in all-time CFL rushing, by any player)

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