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Argonauts great Jim Stillwagon suspected in road rage shooting

Jim Stillwagon

Michael Stuparyk/Toronto Star Argo great Jim Stillwagon, centre, jokes with Adriano Belli and Jonathan Brown at a team practice in 2009.

DELAWARE, OHIOFormer Toronto Argonauts star Jim Stillwagon is suspected of shooting and injuring a man in a road rage incident that spanned about 22 kilometres, police said Monday.

Police say Stillwagon, a former standout defensive lineman at Ohio State who spurned the NFL to sign with Toronto in 1971, fired a handgun at a pickup truck driver while riding a motorcycle Sunday, north of Columbus. They say the vehicles then pulled into a parking area in Delaware and Stillwagon struck the other driver with the gun, causing it to fire a bullet that grazed the man’s head.

Stillwagon, 63, was jailed on a felonious assault charge, with bond set at $ 350,000.

There was no indication Stillwagon knew the injured man. The 41-year-old victim was treated in hospital and checked himself out Sunday night, said Bruce Pijanowski, interim police chief in Delaware.

“Considering the circumstances, he’s extremely lucky,” Pijanowski said. “He had probably just superficial injuries, and it could have been a lot worse.”

Stillwagon, added to the list of All-Time Argos last month, had a permit and was legally carrying the gun, Pijanowski said.

Stillwagon was drafted in the fifth round, 124th overall, by Green Bay in 1971 but signed with Toronto instead. During five CFL seasons, Stillwagon he was a three-time all-star and in 1971 was runner-up for the league’s top defensive player award.

Stillwagon was brought to the Argos by former head coach and GM Leo Cahill after a stellar college career and, with Canadian Jim Corrigall, helped form one of the toughest defensive lines in the CFL in the 1970s.

A two-time All-American, Stillwagon was inducted into the U.S. college Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

Stillwagon was a three-year starter at Ohio State and captured the Outland Trophy as U.S. college football’s top lineman while being named the first-ever winner of the Lombardi Award. Stillwagon was one of the so-called Super Sophomores of 1968 who helped the Buckeyes go undefeated and claim the American university football national championship.


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