Defensive Line Coach
On February 1, 2013 Ed Philion was named Defensive Line Coach of the Toronto Argonauts. Philion retired from the CFL in 2006 after spending the majority of his professional career with the Montreal Alouettes as a star defensive lineman. He also dressed for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and for one season in NFL Europe.
In his eight years with the team, Philion earned four all-star nominations in consecutive seasons beginning in 2003. His career numbers include 127 games played, four fumble recoveries, 36 sacks and two interceptions. Philion was a key member of the Als’ 90th Grey Cup championship team in 2002, and played in a total of five Grey Cup games while with Montreal. In joining the Argonauts, he has been reunited with Defensive Coordinator Chris Jones who coached him from 2002 to 2006 in Montreal, then invited him to be a guest coach with the Calgary Stampeders in 2010.
While at Ferris State, Philion was considered one of the best defensive linemen to ever play for his school. He was named First-Team All-American and All-MIFC after both his junior and senior years. During his senior year, he won the Ferris State Most Valuable Player Award. He still currently holds the record for most fumbles recovered in a game (three) and in a season (seven).
Originally drafted 11th overall in the 1994 CFL Canadian Draft by the Calgary Stampeders, his rights were traded to the Montreal Alouettes prior to the 1999 season. In the years before arriving in Montreal, Ed was a member of the Buffalo Bills and spent a season playing in NFL Europe with the Rhine Fire where he won the 1998 World Bowl.
In 2007, he accepted a position as Colour Commentator on CJAD radio in Montreal for Montreal Alouettes games, and is also a partner in Footbest which is an all inclusive football store. Philion was born in Windsor, Ontario.