Michael Pinball Clemons
One of Canada's Greatest Athletes and Community Leaders
- The Globe and Mail
Michael "Pinball" Clemons is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership and personal integrity. Considered one of the best athletes Canada has ever known, his real legacy may well lie with the thousands of people he has inspired, both on and off the field. Clemons stands only 5 feet 6 inches; he weighs 170 pounds. Despite this—because of this—he led a spectacular CFL career, obliterating records, and winning Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts, as both a player and their head coach. (When you win as a coach, he has said, it's like winning 42 times at once.)
All Heart: An Evening with Michael "Pinball" Clemons
It is impossible to overstate just how dynamic, how energizing Michael Clemons is on stage. Contrasting boundless "pinball"-like energy with moments of quiet dignity, he engages audience members, literally, to deliver an unforgettable, often emotional speech. One of the most in-demand speakers in Canada, he talks with unabashed passion about teamwork, about the potential in each of us to achieve anything we set our minds to, and about putting your heart—fully—into everything you do.
Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
The event went very well, and Michael’s presentation was outstanding! We also really appreciate how he took the time to incorporate what our members do into his presentation. We really enjoyed having him at the conference, and he was kind enough to hang around for a bit after his session to meet and take pictures with delegates.
Michael was absolutely amazing and did exactly what we asked him to do with the Closing message, he took the delegates on a roller coaster ride of emotion and left every one of the delegates on a high when they left the conference. He was so dynamic and touching at the same time. He was able to relate to the delegates and the importance of what they do for their organizations and communities. His message hit the mark. Michael was an absolute delight to work with.
Pinball was AMAZING! I just looked at our evaluations from the Summit and 100% of the participants rated his session as excellent—he is very dynamic and real and through his great story telling he provided some very good leadership points. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a motivating, inspiring, and all round great speaker!
Allstate Insurance Corporation
In brief, Pinball was terrific. The presentation was high-energy entertainment for all participants, including those who are not sports or football fans. He truly is an engaging speaker. He did a tremendous job of "weaving in" the information about Allstate that I'd provided for him. He used our conference theme, corporate data/statistics, information about our President etc. He also got the audience involved, which made a big difference.
Barrie Food Bank
Michael electrified the room with his personality and super warm smile, and he made a point of getting to know each of the 200 people in the room. It was like reuniting with an old high school buddy from 30 years ago.
We have had several speakers over the past two years, but you are the best! Your passion, energy, humility, and great sense of humour really resonated with the group—I know they left the room pumped!
HD Supply Canada Inc.
I knew Michael was going to be great, but he exceeded all expectations. He was absolutely amazing. The nicest man I have ever met. Everyone commented on how touched they were by his speech. The room was filled with laughter and tears. His stories were touching and hit close to home for a lot of us. I have never seen my team as excited about something has they were after Michael’s visit! I will be recommending Michael to friends and family, and other organizations as well. We were extremely pleased and blessed to have him attend our meeting.
La Roche Ltd.
Thanks for the opportunity to have Mike Clemons come and speak to our team. He was simply amazing! I knew he would be a very inspirational speaker to have join us for this meeting and I am so pleased he was able to help us out.
Avon Maitland District School Board
I have received many messages of thanks from our Principals stating just how much they appreciated Michael’s presentation. His message touched the hearts and minds of our group. His personal and professional insights had a profound impact. His stories brought a sense of hope and inspiration to the entire group. These stories helped us to laugh and brought us to tears. He touched the audience deeply with his thoughtful and upbeat themes. Michael is truly a gifted speaker.
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 championships. His skill on the field is a story in itself, but it is his fight to get there that is revealing, fascinating, and above all, inspiring.
All Heart is a story of winning against all odds, of succeeding while others predicted failure, of giving more when less would have been satisfactory. It is the story of a young man growing up without a father, but guided by the fierce determination and love of his mother and great-great-grandmother. It is the story of a young man who would realize his dream of the NFL, but make his career in the Canadian Football League, where the larger field and faster game suit his ricochet speed. Here, Michael Clemons tells of his battle to find his niche, revealing the inner workings of two quite different professional leagues, the management, the coaches and the players. It is also the story of an athlete with true character, an incredibly generous spirit and a quiet dignity that shines on and off the field. Michael tells how his upbringing has shaped him, how his steadfast faith has always guided him, and how his commitment to his team and his community is much more than just a professional veneer, but a deeply held feeling of true spirit and belonging.
All Heart is a story of hope and inspiration for all those who are still searching for their own dream, despite seemingly impossible odds. Young people are already instantly drawn to the charismatic Michael, and his story will be especially appealing to them, as they struggle to make their own life choices and meet the tough challenges of growing up. All Heart is a terrific read, an autobiography of a sports hero and a man who realized his dream on his own terms. "If you take away hope from a person, you kill a part of them. There's not much more we have in life than hope. When you take hope away, a person begins to slowly die and they die an emotional death much quicker than a physical death." - Michael Clemons, November 23, 1996,on receiving the CFL Tom Pate Award for outstanding sportsmanship