Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,
Amazingly, we are just six weeks away from training camp! The players are working extremely hard this summer and many made it back to campus for our player run practice on June 24th. In fact, 89 players were in town and took part in meetings, which coaches could take part in and then the players went out to the field and the senior players ran the 90 minute practice.
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.
The former Wilfrid Laurier kicker/punter just finished his first season in the CFL and was fortunate enough to be part of the Grey Cup finalists, the Ottawa RedBlacks.
But the journey to the Grey Cup final wasn’t easy. During the 2015 CFL draft last summer, Pfeffer saw his two teammates and good friends, Chris Ackie and Ese Mrabure-Ajufo, go in the top five. Pfeffer also watched on as running back Dillon Campbell was drafted by the Toronto Argonauts.