The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed Canadian Olympic sprinter Akeem Haynes, per sources.
The 25-year-old was the lead runner for Canada’s 4×100 metre relay team in Rio de Janeiro and took home a bronze medal.
Haynes moved from Jamaica to Canada when he was seven years old. After a stint in the Yukon, he attended Crescent Heights High School in Calgary where he played quarterback, running back and kick returner. After going to junior college in the United States, Haynes earned a track scholarship to the University of Alabama. His personal best 100-metre time is 10.15 seconds, which came in 2015.
“Obviously when it comes to moving forward north and south, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’d be the fastest player in the CFL,” Haynes told CBC in November. “If anyone wants to question that, we can set up a race.”
Haynes worked out for Calgary in October, but he was not signed to a contract by the Stampeders. A recent report in the Calgary Sun seemed to indicate that Haynes was on the Ticats neg list. He has not played football since 2010.
“People always talked about my elusiveness and quickness and ability to make something out of nothing,” Haynes said. “I know what I can do. I’m confident in myself. And when the opportunity comes, I’ll make the most of it.”
Truly grateful for the opportunities to come. And thankful to those who have been in my corner through the many times I’ve failed. No matter how many times you fall, you’ve always got to be willing to bet on yourself. #ticatsfootball @CFL_News @EvolvedMX @Ticats pic.twitter.com/nnUIdelRf2
— Akeem Haynes (@UnderdogAK) January 3, 2018