Michael Pinball Clemons

Michael "Pinball" Clemons

Toronto, Ontario
Canadian Sports Hall of Famer - General Manager, CFL’s Toronto Argonauts - Philanthropist
Michael "Pinball" Clemons is a dynamic and captivating motivational speaker, inspiring audiences worldwide with his boundless energy and uplifting presence. As a CFL legend, coach, and philanthropist, Pinball's journey embodies the qualities of personal excellence, teamwork, and community leadership. Drawing from his remarkable career in football and his dedication to empowering disadvantaged youth through The Pinball Clemons Foundation, he shares powerful insights on overcoming obstacles, setting ambitious goals, and infusing hearts into everything we do. With infectious enthusiasm, Pinball demonstrates the potential within each individual to achieve greatness. His compelling stories of triumph over adversity and unwavering belief in the power of teamwork resonate deeply, leaving audiences inspired and motivated to reach for their dreams with determination and resilience.
  • Communications
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Teamwork
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Associations & Unions
  • Athletes & Sports
  • Career Development
  • Celebrity
  • Community Engagement Events
  • Conference


Michael “Pinball” Clemons is a CFL legend and an epitome of personal excellence, teamwork, and community leadership, exemplifies the potential within each of us to achieve greatness. With boundless energy and an impactful presence, Pinball’s talks inspire audiences to infuse their endeavours with heart and determination.

In 1987, Michael Pinball Clemons joined the National Football League before becoming a key player for the Toronto Argonauts and the CFL in 1989, earning his nickname due to his unique running style. His illustrious football career included accolades such as the CFL’s “most outstanding player” award in 1990, setting a single-season record for all-purpose yards.

Beyond his athletic achievements, Michael Pinball Clemons is also an author, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He founded the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation in 2009, dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth and building schools in third-world countries. His contributions to the community led to him being named a member of the distinguished Order of Ontario and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

While his accomplishments in football and philanthropy are extraordinary, Pinball cherishes his roles as a husband to Diane and a father to Rachel, Raven, and Rylie. His profound love for his family underscores his commitment to building a better world for future generations.

In 2019, Michael Pinball Clemons embraced a new challenge as the 20th general manager of the Toronto Argonauts, further solidifying his leadership capabilities. Under his guidance, the team achieved the pinnacle of success, winning the Grey Cup Championship in 2022.

Michael “Pinball” Clemons’ story is one of unwavering determination, resilience, and an enduring belief in the potential of individuals to make a positive impact. Through his various roles and endeavours, he continues to inspire and uplift others, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of countless individuals.




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Michael Pinball Clemons Topic Presentations

the importance of teamwork

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  • Michael Pinball Clemons, the esteemed former coach and player of the Toronto Argonauts, is a man of remarkable character and indomitable spirit. Not only celebrated for his accomplishments on the football field, Pinball possesses an undeniable talent for motivational speaking. His presentations are captivating and empowering, showcasing the power of teamwork and leadership, while illustrating how to overcome daunting odds. Michael’s unwavering commitment to community involvement and involvement in numerous charitable causes exemplify qualities rarely found in today’s professional athletes. Standing at just 5 feet 6 inches tall and becoming a football superstar is a testament to his exceptional journey. In his deeply moving and inspiring talks, he shares his personal experiences to illustrate how to conquer obstacles and achieve success. His message of perseverance and the significance of teamwork resonates across all industries.

winning against all the odds

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  • When Michael Pinball Clemons wasn’t mesmerizing fans on the football field, he seamlessly transitioned to the professional speaker’s platform, igniting corporate audiences with his engaging, inspirational, and high-energy delivery. Whether he delves into the topics of Teamwork, Coaching, or Winning Against the Odds, Michael leaves the audience on their feet, captivated by his powerful message.

all heart

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  • Michael Pinball Clemons‘ football journey exemplified remarkable perseverance and extraordinary skill. Despite his modest stature of 5 feet 6 inches and 170 pounds, he defied all odds and emerged triumphant. While others predicted failure, he exceeded expectations by giving his all when less would have sufficed. His story, “All Heart,” chronicles the path of a young man guided by fierce determination.

    Michael is not merely an exceptional athlete; he possesses true character, an incredibly generous spirit, and a quiet dignity that radiates both on and off the field. He shares how his upbringing has moulded him, how unwavering faith has served as his compass, and how his commitment to his team and community transcends mere professionalism—it is an authentic and profound sense of belonging and purpose.


Michael Pinball Clemons delivered an awe-inspiring motivational talk at our company’s annual conference. His energy and passion were contagious, leaving our team feeling motivated and empowered. His insights on teamwork and overcoming challenges resonated deeply with everyone. We are truly grateful for the impact he made on our organization.

Sarah Johnson

HR Manager

Having Michael Pinball Clemons as a keynote speaker at our leadership retreat was a game-changer. His captivating storytelling and genuine charisma captured the hearts of our executives. His talk on leadership and perseverance left a lasting impression on our team, sparking renewed determination to excel and achieve greatness.

John Smith


Michael Pinball Clemons’ electrifying presence as a speaker at our corporate event was beyond our expectations. His dynamic delivery and powerful message on winning against the odds had the audience on their feet, cheering and inspired. He was a true pleasure to work with and a highlight of the event.

Emily Chen

Event Coordinator
Events Unlimited

We invited Michael Pinball Clemons to speak at our sales conference, and he delivered an impactful talk that left our sales team invigorated. His insights on teamwork, determination, and embracing challenges were exactly what our team needed. Our sales reps left the event with renewed motivation and a shared sense of purpose.

David Brown

Sales Manager
Global Solutions Inc.

Michael Pinball Clemons brought an unmatched energy and passion to our training session. His talk on personal excellence and the power of belief truly resonated with our participants. The way he connected his own experiences with valuable life lessons was both captivating and inspiring. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our trainees.

Lisa Anderson

Training Manager

Michael Pinball Clemons’ motivational talk was nothing short of extraordinary. His charisma and passion had our entire team engaged from start to finish. His message on perseverance and the power of teamwork left a profound impact on our company culture. We are grateful for his inspiring words and the positive influence he’s had on our team.

Jessica Martinez

Marketing Manager

Articles & Media

'Pinball' Clemons inspires local students to achieve 'greatness'


Canadian Football League Hall of Famer Michael Pinball Clemons brought an inspirational message to students at Orillia Secondary School (OSS) on Tuesday morning. Before the pandemic, OSS history teacher Mike Jackson attended a student conference where Clemons was speaking. “He had great stories...

Michael "Pinball"Clemons Shares Story of Faith, Family and Football


Last night Morning Show co-Host Chris Sumner MC’d a fundraising dinner which featured four time Grey Cup champion, and Canadian Football League (CFL) icon Michael Pinball Clemons. Clemons accomplishments on the field are too long to list, but include a a pro-football record for most career...

Michael 'Pinball' Clemons to give Charter Day address on Feb. 10


William & Mary Alumnus Michael Pinball Clemons ’89, a football All-American who produced one of the most storied careers in Canadian Football League history, will speak at the 2017 William & Mary Charter Day ceremony on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. The annual event will be held in Kaplan Arena and...

Pinball Clemons delivers motivational speech to Argos ahead of clash with Eskimos

The Globe and Mail Inc.

When Michael Pinball Clemons speaks, the Toronto Argonauts listen. The club's former head coach and current vice-chair delivered an animated 10-minute address to the team following Friday's practice as the Argonauts prepare to host the Edmonton Eskimos.

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Michael 'Pinball' Clemons on the Toronto Argos' road to the Grey Cup



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All heart: My story
All heart: My story
Michael Clemons is only 5'6" tall and weighs 170 pounds. Yet this diminutive running back for the Toronto Argonauts Football Club is one of the best in the league, an electrifying player named the CFL's most outstanding player in 1990 and one of the key reasons for the Argos' three Grey Cup...
Pinball: The Making of a Canadian Hero
Pinball: The Making of a Canadian Hero
In 2004, Michael "Pinball" Clemons became the first black coach in the history of the CFL to hoist the Grey Cup in victory, the culmination of an experience that began when he came to Canada in 1989 as an unheralded American football player deemed too small to make it in the National Football...
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