Toronto Argonauts legend Nick Volpe passes away at age 95

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Toronto Argonauts’ alumnus Nick Volpe has passed away at the age of 95.

The University of Toronto product played four seasons with the Argos (1949-52) during which he was a place-kicker, halfback, and backup quarterback. He won two Grey Cups with the Argos (1950, 1952) and was named Grey Cup MVP of the ‘Mud Bowl’ in 1950.

He entered the coaching ranks after his playing career, helping Toronto’s farm team, Toronto Balmy Beach, to an ORFU championship in 1953. He would also coach the Lakeshore Bears, a junior football team, from 1955-63.

Volpe returned to the Argos in 1988 and worked in several capacities including director of player personnel, scouting and football operations, director of Canadian scouting, vice-president and member of the board of directors, and football operations consultant. He won seven Grey Cups in all (1950, 1952, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2004, and 2012), becoming one of the most decorated individuals in club history.

Outside of football, he worked as a superintendent with the Peel Board of Education, with CFRB radio and was an isolation director for CTV football telecasts from 1972-1987.

He was inducted into the University of Toronto Hall of Fame in 2012.