Tributes pour in from across the Canadian sports media landscape to honour Chris Schultz

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There is not a dry eye in the CFL today as fans, players and media from around the country mourn the loss of beloved CFL on TSN broadcaster and all-time Toronto Argonaut Chris Schultz.

The six-foot-eight former left tackle passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Thursday. He was just 61 years old.

The devastating news prompted a flood of tributes from around the country. Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said that Schultz left “a giant-sized hole in the CFL” and many others agreed.

Former teammates Pinball Clemons and Mike O’Shea shared their memories of the big man, while Argos play-by-play man Mike Hogan penned his own touching tribute to his broadcast partner. TSN colleague Dave Naylor took to Toronto radio to call out the Canadian Football Hall of Fame for failing to induct Schultz.

Other notable members of the Canadian sports community took to social media to express their own heartbreak. CFL on TSN host Rod Smith was the first to break the awful news. writer Don Landry expressed the shock we all felt.

Colour analyst Glen Suitor was emotional about his TSN teammate.

Sportsnet’s Donnovan Bennett spoke to Schultz’s impact on his generation of fans and players.

Sportscentre anchor Kate Beirness will miss the gentle giant.

NHL insider Bob McKenzie recalled sharing the spot at the end of the panel desk with the mountainous man.

Farhan Lalji and TSN producer Chris Edwards were two who remembered Schultz’s distinct preparation style.

Iconic CFL play-by-play man Chris Cuthbert was another who called for Hall of Fame induction.

Former CFL on TSN host James Duthie shared a classic bit of Schultz comedy.

Longtime CFL coach Bob Dyce praised Schultz’s smile and insights.

Sportsnet’s Tim Micallef recalled Schultz’s kindness for him early in his own career.

TSN reporter Sara Orlesky called him a big brother.

Former CFL on TSN host Dave Randorf called him the anchor of the panel.

Derek Taylor shared some of the details of his TSN audition.

Matthew Scianitti remembered those handshakes as well.

Fellow panelist Milt Stegall shared his love.

CFLPA Executive Director Brian Ramsay praised Schultz as a role model.

Sportscentre anchor Kayla Grey remembered his kindness to her as an intern.

And the Mayor of Burlington put the flags at City Hall at half mast.