Mike Wadsworth

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Mike Wadsworth
Date of birth: (1943-06-04)June 4, 1943
Place of birth: Ottawa, Ontario
Date of death: April 28, 2004(2004-04-28) (aged 60)
Career information
CFL status: National
Position(s): DL
Height: 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight: 250 lb (110 kg)
College: Notre Dame
As player:
1966-1970 Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL East All-Star: 1968
Awards: 1966 - Gruen Trophy

Michael A. "Mike" Wadsworth (June 4, 1943 - April 28, 2004) was an all-star Canadian Football League defensive lineman.

Wadsworth, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, played high school football at De La Salle College (Toronto) before attending the University of Notre Dame.[1] Upon graduation he joined the Toronto Argonauts for a five-year career, winning the Gruen Trophy as the best rookie in the East in 1966 and named an All-Star in 1968.[2] He also served as president of the CFL players' union.

After his football days, Wadsworth became a lawyer, QC; was a football analyst on the CFL on CTV broadcasts; was appointed Canadian Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland in 1989; and became athletic director at the University of Notre Dame in 1995.[3]

His father, Bunny Wadsworth, starred for the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1940 and was voted to their half-century team in 1960.[4]

Mike Wadsworth died of bladder cancer, aged 60, and was survived by his wife, Bernadette, and three daughters.[4]


  1. ^ Fotheringham, Allan (2004). "A true love story". 50Plus Magazine. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Argonaut great Mike Wadsworth remembered". Toronto Argonauts Football Club. 2004-04-29. Retrieved 2008-05-24. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Mike Wadsworth, 60, Athletic Director, Dies". The New York Times. 2004-04-29. Retrieved 2008-05-24. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Former ambassador, Argo, Mike Wadsworth dies". CTV.ca. 2004-04-28. Retrieved 2008-05-24.