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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " ANTONIO ARMSTRONG " IS A FORMER GRIDIRON FOOTBALL LINE BACKER WHO PLAYED PROIONALLY IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NFL): GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Antonio Armstrong


Antonio Armstrong
No. 58
Date of birthOctober 15, 1973 (age 41)
Place of birthHouston, Texas
Career information
StatusRetired
CFL statusInternational
Position(s)LB
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight235 lb (107 kg)
CollegeTexas A&M
High schoolKashmore
NFL Draft1995 / Round: 6 / Pick: 201
Drafted bySan Francisco 49ers
Career history
As player
1995San Francisco 49ers*
1995Miami Dolphins
1996St. Louis Rams*
1998-1999BC Lions
2000-2001Winnipeg Blue Bombers
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Defensive PoY (2000)
CFL East All-Star2000
Antonio Donnell Armstrong (born Antonio Donnell Shorter on October 15, 1973 in Houston, Texas) is a former gridiron football line backer who played professionally in the National Football League and the Canadian Football League.

High school and college

Armstrong starred at Kashmere High School and signed with nearby Texas A&M. As a junior at A&M, Armstrong earned Defensive Player of the Game honors after making eight tackles and three sacks in the 1994 Cotton Bowl Classic against Notre Dame. Armstrong earned AP All-America honors his senior year (1994) after making 62 tackles, including 17 behind the line of scrimmage as a senior. He was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award that year, and was a two-time All-SWC selection.

NFL

Armstrong was drafted in the 6th round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, but fractured his ankle on the third day of training camp and was signed to the practice squad. He was released from the practice squad on October 15, 1995. On October 16, 1995, he was signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad and placed on the active roster a week later. He appeared in 4 games that season for the Dolphins and recorded 4 solo tackles. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams the following year and was released after training camp.

CFL

Armstrong signed with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1998 and made an immediate impact as astarter for two seasons with the team. In 2000, Armstrong was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was Winnipeg's defensive player of the year and an East Division All-star in 2000. On October 15, 2000 Armstrong suffered a career ending fracture of his left ankle. He attempted to return to the NFL, but was limited because of his injury. Armstrong eventually re-signed with the Bombers in September 2001 and started the 2001 Grey Cup game. Armstrong decided to retire in 2002 because of a contract dispute and physical limitations due to his injury suffered in 2000.