20180105 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football 2018_-174Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Our first practice last Friday was a good one. There was great effort, excitement and enthusiasm to work hard and get better.

A special thank you to so many Laurier Alumni and current CFL players that came back to share their expertise with the current roster. Kwaku Boateng, Nakas Onyeka, Ese Mrabure Ajufo, Chris Ackie, Courtney Stephen and Dillon Campbell all took time out of their busy schedules to help out our team.

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Karlo Berkovich
Laurier Campus Magazine

Shamawd Chambers had big plans when he arrived at Laurier for his first year of university.

“I wanted to play pro football from the first day I stepped on campus,” says the Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver, who has played for three Canadian Football League (CFL) teams during his six-year career and was the top Canadian in the 2015 Grey Cup game.

Chambers played four seasons with the Golden Hawks before the Edmonton Eskimos drafted him sixth overall in 2012. He says he achieved his goal thanks to a combination of athletic ability and the life skills he learned at Laurier.

“Being a student athlete is like having two full-time jobs,” says Chambers, who studied religion and culture. “Being at Laurier made adapting to and preparing for pro football a lot easier.”

Helping student athletes succeed in sport and in life is a hallmark of the Laurier athletic experience.

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2018ScheduleGolden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

We hope that you all had a great holiday season and New Year’s!

2018 is here and the Laurier Football team is right back to doing what we do best and that is keeping everyone very busy. Our players are up for 6:00am weight training Monday to Thursday. We then have meetings Thursday evenings and practice every Friday afternoon.

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Photo: Kha Vo

TORONTO, ON – Godfrey Onyeka, a defensive back from Wilfrid Laurier University, is once again the top-ranked U SPORTS player on the second prospect list released by the CFL’s Scouting Bureau in advance of the league’s 2018 Canadian Draft.

Fourteen U SPORTS standouts cracked the latest top 20 published on Wednesday, compared to 15 on the Aug. 30 list.

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JoeVernonLaurier Grads Soar is a multi-part series that has returned for the 2017-18 year. The segment features former Wilfrid Laurier University athletes and student-leaders in the Athletics and Recreation Department, and the success they have enjoyed since leaving Laurier. Written by award-winning journalist David Grossman, different features will be released throughout the year that will emphasize the role Athletics and Recreation played in helping them achieve success.

Joe Vernon: Lawyer, Miller Canfield 

Confidence can come from within and Joe Vernon knows all about it.

“When I played football at Laurier, I was this shy guy, intimidated and missing some of that self assurance,” he said. “Things certainly have changed – especially once I was aware of my abilities and determination to do well.”

As a youngster and a multi-sport athlete during his high school days at Toronto’s St. Michael’s College, Vernon wanted to be a professional hockey player. But he realized, that was more of a dream than a reality.

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20171104 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football vs MAC-94Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

This past week, the OFSAA Bowls took place in Hamilton and our coaches and recruiting staff were busy watching and speaking with some of the top high school players in the province. In total, we watched nine games over a three-day period at Tim Horton’s field.

We are off to a great start with our 2018 recruiting class. We have seven outstanding student-athletes signed on so far (all listed below) and we expect a few more in the coming weeks before we head into the Christmas holidays.

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OTTAWA, ON – Two former members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team were among those celebrating with the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday night as they won the 105th Grey Cup 27-24 over the Calgary Stampeders at TD Place.

Linebacker Nakas Onyeka and kicker Ronnie Pfeffer will have their names etched onto the championship trophy after one of the most memorable Grey Cups in history.

Onyeka, the 2016 OUA President’s Award winner, dressed as a backup linebacker in the contest and was a key part of Toronto’s special teams unit all season long. Despite not recording any stats in the championship game, the victory caps an impressive rookie season for the 2016 Yates Cup champion after he recorded 14 special teams tackles in his first year of professional football.

Meanwhile, Pfeffer adds a second Grey Cup championship to his resume one year after winning the title with the Ottawa Redblacks. Despite finishing the year on the six-game injured list, Pfeffer served much of his time with Toronto this season as the primary backup to Lirim Hajrullahu.

GradsSoarAndrewAgroLaurier Grads Soar is a multi-part series that has returned for the 2017-18 year. The segment features former Wilfrid Laurier University athletes and student-leaders in the Athletics and Recreation Department, and the success they have enjoyed since leaving Laurier. Written by award-winning journalist David Grossman, different features will be released throughout the year that will emphasize the role Athletics and Recreation played in helping them achieve success.

Andrew Agro-  Director of Corporate Sponsorship and Business Development with the New York Jets of the National Football League

Andrew Agro thrives on building relationships and living a happier life.

There’s authenticity to both his interest and knowledge in administration, and he’s created trust and earned respect in performing a valuable service throughout the community.

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