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Argos Sign Son Of Earl Gray

May 16, 2007 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Toronto Argonauts News Release

Mississauga - In the year that the Toronto Argonauts Football Club is hosting the Grey Cup championship, the club is getting ready by signing import OG Charlston Gray.

Gray arrives at the Argos' camp as a perfect fit for the CFL. Although spelled differently, Charlston's father appropriately shares the same name as the late Earl Grey, who donated the Grey Cup trophy to the Canadian rugby champions in 1909.

Remarked Charlston Gray, "I am definitely going to tell my dad that he is part of CFL history. However, the fact that it worked out that the trophy was donated by someone with a similar name to my father is secondary. For now, I am just focused on helping the team bring the cup back to Toronto."

An offensive guard at the University of North Carolina, Gray played in 12 games at left guard for the Tar Heels last season. In 2004, he was named First-Team All-American by the Sporting News and Rivals.Com after allowing only one sack in over 500 plays from scrimmage.

Charlston Gray

Offensive Guard

6'3", 295 lbs.

North Carolina

Born: November 18, 1984

Fort Worth, Texas

1st Year Argo / 1st Year CFL


Acquired: Signed as a free agent with Toronto on May 15, 2007.

College: 2006 Played in all of North Carolina's 12 games at Left Guard...2005 Started 11 games at LG for the Tar Heels...2004 Named First-Team All-America by the Sporting News and in 12 games for the Tar Heels and started eight...Allowed only one sack in over 500 plays from scrimmage...2003 Redshirt freshman.

Personal: Nicknamed "Chew", Charlston is the son of Earl Gray and Shirley Thomas. Charlston has one older brother named Earl Jr., an older sister named Batrice and a younger sister named Victoria. He enjoys playing video games and basketball in his spare time and is the proud owner of a pit bull named "Southside". In the off-season, Charlston volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. He lists Warren Sapp as his favourite athlete and chicken fettuccini as his favourite meal. Charlston was a two-year starter along the Dunbar High School offensive line and earned Second-Team All-Area honours and played in the Oil Bowl as an All-Star.

The Toronto Argonauts are North America's oldest professional football club, celebrating their 134th anniversary in 2007. As Toronto's #1 community team through player involvement, community programs and The Argos Foundation - Stop The Violence, the Toronto Argonauts, a member of the Canadian Football League (CFL), have 15 Grey Cup championships to their credit and are hosting the 2007 Grey Cup game, the first Grey Cup in Toronto in 15 years. For 2007 season ticket packages, group sales and Grey Cup tickets, please contact the sales team at (416) 341-ARGO. For more information on the Toronto Argonauts Football Club, please visit

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