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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.

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Michael Faulds with Wilfrid Laurier University’s former dean of students Fred Nichols.

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Excitement is growing around the program as we are roughly six weeks away from training camp.

This Sunday, was our annual summer Organized Team Activity (OTA) and, amazingly, 75 players attended. The OTA is held once a summer and a chance to bring together the majority of the team.

Many players stay in Kitchener-Waterloo for the summer, but the OTA is something players who go home for the summer mark in their calendars and come back for.

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Many people tied to Laurier Football were in attendance on Saturday at Wildwinds Golf Links for the Gary Jeffries Golf Classic. It was a fun afternoon honouring the great career of Coach Jeff. Only six head coaches ever at our schools great football program and four of us were there together on Saturday.

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CFL training camps are starting up across the country and our three new draftees are eager to get started.

Linebacker Nakas Onyeka and the Toronto Argonauts started rookie camp opened Wednesday, May 24th at York University, defensive end Kwaku Boateng and the Edmonton Eskimos do not have rookie camp, but his main training camp starts Sunday, May 28th and offensive lineman Brett Golding and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats start rookie camp began Thursday, May 25th.

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Laura O’Toole
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – Three members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team were selected in the 2017 CFL Canadian Draft on Sunday night.

Linebacker Nakas Onyeka of Brampton Ont., was the first Golden Hawk to have his name called out during the draft. Onyeka was chosen 36th overall in the fifth round by the Toronto Argonauts, and was the fifth linebacker selected in the 2017 draft. Coming off his best season yet, the communications major shone in 2016 as he was the OUA President’s Award recipient, as well as an OUA First Team All-Star and U SPORTS First-Team All-Canadian.

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