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Michael O'Shea
Toronto Argonauts
Date of birth: (1970-09-21) September 21, 1970 (age 51)
Place of birth: North Bay, Ontario
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: Non-import
Position(s): Special Teams Coordinator
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
University: Guelph
High school: Widdifield
CFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Drafted by: Edmonton Eskimos
 As coach:
2010-present Toronto Argonauts (STC)
 As player:
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1999
CFL East All-Star: 1994, 1999, 2000
  • CFL Most Outstanding Rookie (1993)
  • CFL Most Outstanding Canadian (1999)
  • All-Time Argos Team (MLB)
  • CFL North Division All-Star (1995)
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Michael O'Shea (born September 21, 1970, in North Bay, Ontario) is a former Canadian football linebacker who is the special teams coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. O'Shea played 16 seasons in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts from 1993 to 2008. He retired second all-time in career tackles with 1154 and is one of only three players to record over 1000 tackles made. He won the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 1999 after recording 84 tackles, 13 special teams tackles and three interceptions that year. O'Shea is a three-time Grey Cup champion as a player, having won all three with the Argonauts in 1996, 1997, and 2004.

Professional career

Hamilton Tiger-Cats years (1993-1995)

The Edmonton Eskimos picked O'Shea in the 1st round (4th overall) in the 1993 CFL Canadian College Draft. However, he was soon after traded to Hamilton by Edmonton along with QB DeChane Cameron, linebacker DeWayne Odom and a negotiation list player in exchange for QB Damon Allen on February 16, 1993.

In his first season in the CFL in 1993, O'Shea started in all 18 games. In 1994 he once again played in all 18 games during the regular season. He had 95 DT, 11 special teams tackles and 5 interceptions during the regular season. He was also named to the East Division All-Star team at middle linebacker. In 1995, O'Shea played in 10 games for Hamilton, made 69 DT, 4 special teams tackles and intercepted 2 passes during the regular season. He was named to the North Division All-Star team. In Hamilton’s 31-13 loss to the Calgary Stampeders in the North Division Semi-Final, made 4 DT and 1 special teams tackle.

O'Shea joins the Double Blue

O'Shea signed with the Argonauts half way through the 1996 season after he was one of the final cuts in the Detroit Lions training camp. He played in the last 8 games of the regular season started Toronto’s final 5 games of the regular season. He helped lead Toronto to the 1996 Grey Cup game in a win over Edmonton. He would also help Toronto win its second Grey Cup in as many years in the 1997 game. O'Shea would also play in Toronto in the 1998 and 1999 season as middle linebacker, putting up good numbers.

2000: Back to Steeltown

O'Shea was acquired by Hamilton in a trade from Toronto in exchange for RB Éric Lapointe, the right of first refusal on all offensive lineman and the playing rights to Orlondo Steinauer on June 11, 2000. He made an immediate impact in the season opener vs. B.C. as he contributed with 7 DT, made 3 DT On October 13, 2000 in the Tiger-Cats’ 32-8 loss to Toronto, O'Shea had his best individual game of the season with 12 DT and 1 pass knockdown. He finished the season third in the league with 90 DT.

Back with the Double Blue

O'Shea signed with the Argonauts once again as a free agent in the 2001 season. The Argonauts had a horrible 2001 season. In 2002, the Argos seemed to turn it around, and made it to the East final only to lose to Montreal. In his second tenure with the Argonauts, O'Shea was an important component of the Argonauts' strong defence. In 2004, O'Shea helped led the Argos to the 2004 Grey Cup Championship, beating the B.C. Lions 27-19, winning his 3rd Grey Cup, all with the Argonauts.

On October 20, 2006, against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Michael became the first Canadian and third player in CFL history to record 1000 career tackles. In 2007, he was voted as the middle linebacker on the All-Time Argos Team.[1]

On February 27, 2009, O'Shea was released by the Argonauts. He finished his career with the second most games played by an Argonaut with 205, 17 games behind former linebacker Don Moen.

Coaching career

On February 19, 2010, O'Shea was hired by the Argonauts as their special teams coordinator.

Personal life

O'Shea and his wife have three children, two daughters and one son, also named after him, to which his name is Micheal O'Shea He owns a restaurant/bar called "Philthy McNasty’s" in Toronto.


  1. "All-Time Argos Team unveiled". Toronto Argonauts Football Club. 2007-10-26. Archived from the original on 2008-03-30. Retrieved 2007-12-09.

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