Ticats sign Olympic medalist sprinter Akeem Haynes

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.”

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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27 Comments on Ticats sign Olympic medalist sprinter Akeem Haynes

  1. David Carswell // January 3, 2018 at 8:44 am //

    Between Haynes, Willie Quinn and Banks (if they re-sign him), do you think Jones is building a team of speedsters?

  2. None of these guys could ever keep up with Danny Mac’s lightning-fast Naked Bootleg Left.

    • The memory of Danny Mac pulling that off once in a blue moon is priceless…you actually didn’t need a slow motion replay to catch all the nuances…thanks for the midday smile!

    • What do you think of Danny Mac rolling out and doing the statue of liberty play. It worked well in flag football when I was in peewee so give it a try. It fools most of em.

    • NotSpeedyDan // January 4, 2018 at 2:06 am //

      One could and would often fall asleep waking for Speedy Dan to lounge his way out of the huddle, wander up behind center, lick his hands like 5 times and finally get the play off.

  3. So it sounds like this guy was on the TiCats neg list and the Stamps worked him out in October. That is called tampering folks. Jones got abused and fined for “talking to Manziels agent” and never had any contact with the player while Huff actually worked this Haynes guy out. I think an investigation needs to happen here and Huff needs to be fined. I guess the stamps are not as squeaky clean as some of their fans think they are. Combine that with Tommie Campbell’s “side off season business out of his mothers house” and there are issues there. What other kind of shenanigans do Huff and Dickey pull off that we know nothing about?? A full fledged investigation on this franchise needs to be done by Ambrosie and then an example made.

    • It’s entirely possible the Ticats put him on their neg. list after Calgary worked him out. Maybe take a breath or something.

      • it is also entirely possible that Huff worked this guy out illegally. You take a breath. All I am saying is Huff and DD are not the saints the stamps put them out there as and that Ambrosie needs to ask a few questions to be sure there was no tampering. If there wasn’t no harm but if there was, then let the fines fall where they may. Nothing wrong with asking a couple of questions is there?

      • haha yeah no kidding. Takes one point and jumps of the cliff of assumptions.

      • He’s a National player. So if he’s not drafted in the draft or signed to a contract, he’s a free agent. Negotiation lists only apply to International players.

        • then why does the article say the Calgary Sun has announced he was on the Ticats neg list. I dont make this stuff up, you can read it yourself.

    • White Horse // January 3, 2018 at 3:19 pm //

      Ollie…who ties your shoe laces for you? $hit disturbing makes you a big Zero! Get lost.

    • It’s possible that the Stampeders asked the TiCats for permission to work him out.

  4. Doesn’t list his physical size, but Ti-Cats still have Willie Quinn, before he got prematurely injured. He showed great elusiveness and speed on P/KR’s. And if Brandon Banks returns, although he didn’t have the success he once had on returns. But was excellent as WR, with the return of Toliver, and if Ti-Cats re-sign Tasker, Fantuz, Aprille, Jones they will have an abundance of healthy receivers. This Kaheem guy could help, who remembers Bobby Hayes of the Dallas Cowboys? He was a successful track star from the Olymics, and converted t pro football. June Junes said last year, he speed kills. Ti-Cats had 3 receivers under 6′ tall in the receiving core last year, and all 3 got over 1000 yards receiving. Tasker, Banks, Saunders. If all of them remain healthy, going to be interesting. Now just sign a QB, is it Collaros, Masoli, or Manziel? Sure the hell a buzz in Tigertown this off season!

  5. Billinburlington // January 3, 2018 at 9:57 am //

    “Speedy A”…. you read it first here on 3downnation!

  6. Sign him and get him in camp ASAP

    • can he catch the football?? The catching part comes before the running part and if no catch, no run!! teeeeheeee.

      • David Carswell // January 3, 2018 at 10:44 am //

        He played football before going into track… It should be interesting to see him at camp….

        • I played football too back in peewee. Not sure that peewee football or junior high school football experience helps in the cfl. Just sayin.

      • Not sure why this is in question … his catch versus target ratio was in line or better than SJ Green, Ellingson and a bunch of other receivers that people don’t question the ability to catch.

        With a full training camp and season, there is room to grow versus the spot use as a receiver during the first part of 2017.

      • Habsnriders // January 3, 2018 at 3:23 pm //

        Maybe he is the second coming of Clifford Franklin , fastest sob I have ever seen only problem he could catch the ball.

  7. Interesting signing.

  8. RalphInTheCreek // January 3, 2018 at 11:35 am //

    How tall is the lad.

  9. RalphInTheCreek // January 3, 2018 at 11:49 am //

    Akeem Haynes 5′ 7″ 170 lb’s him and Speedy can look each other eye to eye.

  10. RalphInTheCreek // January 3, 2018 at 12:50 pm //

    Manziel, 6’0″ 207 lb’s can look Zach eye to eye.

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