Mississauga Grey Cup MVP will be back with Argos next season


Published February 21, 2023 at 3:16 pm

Toronto Argos' linebacker and Mississauga native Henoc Muamba celebrates after Grey Cup win. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

Henoc Muamba made official on Monday (Feb. 20) what has been in his heart all along–a return to the Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts.

The veteran CFL linebacker and Mississauga native, a standout in earning both game MVP honours as well as the Most Outstanding Canadian nod in last November’s thrilling CFL championship match, re-signed with the Double Blue this week.

Muamba, a 6-foot, 230-pound defensive stalwart for Toronto last year, became a free agent on Feb. 14.

A few weeks after helping his Argos to a nail-biting 24-23 Grey Cup win over two-time defending champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Regina, Muamba, 33, told insauga.com that he wanted to stay put.

“I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Toronto is home. This is where I want to be. There’s a bunch of decisions that have to be made, but the Argos are my family, it’s home and that’s where I want to be at,” the former Father Goetz Secondary School student said at the time.

And on Monday, Muamba, the first player taken in the 2011 CFL draft by the Blue Bombers and who two years later became a league all-star, made his return to Toronto and the Argos official.

Entering his 11th CFL season, Muamba will forever be remembered as well for sharing the Grey Cup post-game victory stage at Mosaic Stadium in Regina with his four-year-old daughter, Thea.

All business on the field, Muamba quickly made the transition to father as the two celebrated in quiet, touching fashion.

“Best game I’ve ever been a part of, one of the coldest for sure, the most exciting. And walking off the field with two awards and the Grey Cup, there’s no better feeling in the world, really. So, to me when you talk football and my career, top of the top,” said the Mississauga native, who intercepted a pass late in the Grey Cup contest to clinch MVP honours.

Muamba’s only other Grey Cup appearance came in 2011 as a member of the Blue Bombers, who lost that year.

The linebacker, entering his third season with the Argos, had 75 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions in 17 regular-season games in 2022.

He was named the league’s top Canadian in 2017 while with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Muamba has appeared in 135 career CFL regular-season games, registering 592 tackles, 78 special-teams tackles, 17 sacks, eight interceptions, 14 forced fumbles and one TD.

–with files from The Canadian Press

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