For years, Chris Schultz represented the CFL and Toronto Argonauts both on and off the field with class and it was devastating to hear the news of his passing.
Whether it was in the radio booth calling Argos games, providing quality analysis on the CFL for TSN or his charity work, Schultz’s commitment to the league was inspiring. This was echoed by Argonauts general manager Michael Clemons upon the news of his death.
"“Chris Schultz was made to play football, or football was made for Chris Schultz. Either way it was a symbiotic relationship. At six-foot-seven, 310 or so muscled pounds, he was tenacious, prepared and dominant,” Clemons said in a statement.“His vigorous preparation both mentally and physically honoured his profession. It would probably be fair to say, that football was his first love. He played for America’s team, and Canada’s team, we can argue about the latter of the two tomorrow, but not today.”"
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Everyone who saw Schultz marvelled at his size and yet those who knew him would often point to his heart as his biggest attribute. Look no further than the outpouring on social media following the news of Schultz’s passing.
You truly see how Schultz was able to connect with people in different ways and his experience in the NFL and CFL made him a valuable asset. For a generation of CFL fans, he was a great ambassador of the game with his passion.
I managed to talk to him on one occasion just before an Argos game and while it was a brief conversation, everything I understood about Schultz was re-confirmed. There weren’t many who had a bad thing to say about him.
"“Whether he was an opponent, seeing him around stadiums across Canada, or having the opportunity to spend time with him away from the game, these are all memories I will forever cherish,” Mike O’Shea said. “The CFL is filled with countless men and women who make it spectacular, and we lost one of them yesterday.”"
We express our condolences to Schultz’s family and friends as well as the CFL family who will ensure that his legacy lives on.
What memories do you have about Schultz? How will you remember him? Let us know in the comments below.