The Toronto Argonauts would like to congratulate QB Damon Allen for being named the 2005 Ontario Athlete of the Year. The Syl Apps Award is an annual award commissioned by the Ontario Sports Legends Hall of Fame and is voted on by members of the media, past honoured members, the OSLHF Board of Directors and advisory board members.
The 2005 CFL Most Outstanding Player established a career high for passing yards with 5,082 yards and became just the second quarterback in club history to throw more than 30 touchdowns in a season (33). Allenâ€™s heroics also helped the Argos realize three 1000+ yard receivers for the second time in team history. 2005 marked Allenâ€™s first CFL All-Star standing and his third East Division All-Star nomination.
Allen beat out kayaker Adam Von Koeverden, Ontario Hockey League player Corey Perry and Team Canada hockey player Jayna Hefford.
The Syl Apps Award is named for NHL legend, Toronto Maple Leaf captain, and former Olympian Syl Apps. Past winners of the award included Major League Baseball Player Roger Clemens, PGA Golfer Mike Weir and NHL player Steve Yzerman.