Matt Black (Canadian football)

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Matt Black
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No. 39 – Toronto Argonauts
Position: Cornerback/Kick returner
Personal information
Born: (1985-03-01) March 1, 1985 (age 32)
Toronto, Ontario
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school: Northern
College: Saginaw Valley State
CFL draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 45
Career history
Roster status: Active
CFL status: National
Career highlights and awards
Career CFL statistics
Tackles: 128
Sacks: 2
Interceptions: 3

Matthew Black (born March 1, 1985) is a professional Canadian football defensive back of the Canadian Football League (CFL) playing for the Toronto Argonauts.

Early years[edit]

Black was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to parents Marlane and Donovan, and has a younger brother Eric and a younger sister Destiny. As young boy, Black was in a French immersion program at Market Lane School Public School in downtown Toronto. While playing football at Northern Secondary School in Toronto, Ontario, Black was named the Mid-Town Football Most Valuable Player. In addition to football, Black played rugby, ice hockey, baseball, and Track and field athletics at high school. He was also an all-star member of the Metro Toronto Wildcats of the Ontario Varsity Football League, where he was named the league's Most Outstanding Defensive Back.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Black went on to play college football at Saginaw Valley State University where he studied communications and marketing and was a four-year starter for the Cardinals football team. He was redshirtted in 2004 but started all games in 2005 as a red-shirt freshman. In 2006, he led the Cardinals with a 14.8-yard punt return average and took 8 kickoff returns back for a total of 203 yards and a touchdown. Black was named to the Academic All-Conference team in 2007 and returned 12 punts for 91 yards in 8 games played. In his final season, Black, was named to the First-Team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team, selected to the Valero Cactus Bowl senior all-star game, recorded 42 tackles, 4 pass break-ups, and ranked third in the GLIAC with 5 interceptions for 119 yards, including 1 for a 19-yard touchdown. He earned a GLIAC Player of the Week honour in 2008 as well.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Black was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 CFL Draft by the Toronto Argonauts and signed to play on March 10, 2009.[3] In his first eight seasons with the club Black played in 109 games, with his two most significant seasons being 2013 when he contributed 34 tackles and 2016 when he set a career-high with 44. He was released by the Argos early in the 2017 season (having not played a game), but was re-signed a week later. [4] Black's interception in the final seconds of the 105th Grey Cup sealed a 27-24 victory for the Argos over the Calgary Stampeders.


  1. ^ a b "Matt Black". Roster. Toronto Argonauts Football Club. Archived from the original on 2009-05-26. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  2. ^ Nelson, Norm (2009-08-18). "Three TDSB south division grads now suit up for Argos". Toronto Community News. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Argos sign 2008 draft pick, Black". 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Argonauts re-sign Canadian DB Black - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 

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