Canadian Football League

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Argos one big Canadian Football League Family!

The underlining theme surrounding the Argos 2004 Grey Cup win was FAMILY. Today, that theme has never been truer. The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is ecstatic to announce that Chris “The Comet” Cunningham, younger brother of Argo legend Jimmy “The Jet” Cunningham, has re-signed with the club while Petie Scarborough, younger half-brother of superstar running back John Avery, has also signed up.
Cunningham is anxious to return to the Double Blue: “I’m eager to return to Toronto. The opportunity to play for the Argos provides me with the best situation. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out the way I wanted them to last season but now I can change all of that. I love Toronto and I want to be part of their great organization.”
Argos’ star running back John Avery was thrilled at the thought of playing football with his brother: “I am extremely excited that Petie is coming to Toronto. I‘ve always been a big fan of his, as far as watching him take on all the pressure of playing in my shadow and making a name for himself down south. With Petie, the fruit does not fall far from the tree.”
Cunningham arrived in training camp with the Argonauts in spring of 2004, just nine seasons after his older brother Jimmy first appeared in Toronto. Being the shortest, lightest and youngest player on the boatmen offered Chris a decided disadvantage, however, the “Comet” blasted off in his first pre-season game catching two touchdown passes at Ivor Wynne. He continued to work hard and made his first CFL start in Week 4, again at Ivor Wynne. Chris left the Argonauts on September 25 for personal reasons and now returns to prove himself once again.
Just five years John Avery’s junior, Petie Scarborough is a former North Carolina High School Football Player of the Year. Scarborough tallied a remarkable 1,300 yards receiving in his senior season at Asheville High and was named to the state All-Star Team. His 40-yard dash time has been clocked in the low 4.3 second range and Avery is convinced that his little brother’s natural football ability will be more than enough to land him a spot on the championship roster.
Chris Cunningham
WR, 5’7”, 174 lbs, Import
Southern Methodist
Born: September 8, 1981
Houston, Texas
Entering 2nd Year Argos / 2nd Year CFL
2004: Signed with the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent February 24, 2004…impressed coaches and fans with 2 TDs on 2 receptions for 53-yards in first pre-season game vs Hamilton…added to the practice roster in time for the regular season…Week 4, The Comet blasted off in his pro-football debut against the Tiger-Cats, he started at SB and brought in 3 passes for 95 yards, including a stunning 51-yard over the shoulder catch from Damon Allen… Week 12, allocated to the injured list for Labour Day Classic…Week 14 to 15 did not dress due to injury…Week 16, added to practice roster…left team for personal reasons on September 25.
College: 2003 Surpassed Jerry Levias to become SMU's fifth all time leading receiver….ranks sixth all-time in receiving yardage, and third all-time in punt return yardage at SMU, just 73 yards shy of breaking Doak Walker's all-time record…awarded Kenneth Pye President's Award, given to the player who most contributed to the success of the total football program...2001 Named offensive MVP….1999 named Freshman of the Year…Texas native has the second highest total of all-purpose yards in a single game in SMU history…named All-Western Athletic Conference.
Personal: “The Comet” is the younger brother of legendary Argo Jimmy ‘The Jet’ Cunningham. Chris is the proud father of Chris II and wants to eventually open his own training facility. His favourite vacation spot is Las Vegas and his favourite car is the Range Rover.
Petie Scarborough
WR, 5’11”, 210 lbs, Import
Mars Hill
Born: October 19, 1981
Asheville, NC
Entering 1st Year Argos / 1st Year CFL
2003 - 2004: Spent in Asheville, NC training.
2002: Played in 3 games for Mars Hill and recorded 6 receptions for 90 yards, LG 26 and 8 punt returns for 96 yards, LG 25…Dressed in first game of season vs Virginia and led all receivers with 4 catches for 51 yards.
2001: Attended training camp at Butler Community College but transferred to North Western Community College prior to the start of the season…Scouted by Mars Hill College at one of North Western’s games and transferred to Mars Hill…Red shirted at Mars Hill as a freshman.
High school: 2000 (Senior) Named All Conference and USA Today North Carolina Player of the Year…Scored 14 TDs on 44 receptions and 1300 yards…Voted to the North Carolina All-Star team, but did not attend because of his commitment to Butler Community College.
Personal: Half brother of Argo running back John Avery…Wakes up at 5 AM every morning to train.


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