Marwan Hage |
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats re-signed veteran centre and Vanier Cheetah alum Marwan Hage on January 15th for the 2013 season. The 31-year-old Hage, who has spent nine seasons playing in Hamilton, was scheduled to become a free agent next month, but the Ti-Cates made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
Hamilton originally selected the six-foot-two, 291-pound Hage in the second round, 14th overall in the 2004 CFL draft from Colorado. Hage was originally a native of Beirut, Lebanon, but he grew up in Montreal and played Cegep ball for the Vanier Cheetahs. He became the Ticats' starting centre in 2005 and has appeared in 126 regular-season games with the CFL team.
Hage has been a CFLPA all-star four times, an East Division selection twice and once was named a league all-star. He was the East Division's top lineman in 2010.
"Marwan is not just an outstanding player, he's a respected leader in our locker room and a great representative of our organization in the community," Kent Austin, Hamilton's vice-president of football operations, GM and head coach, said in a statement.
Hage has also been very active in the Hamilton community and was awarded the Tom Pate Memorial award in '09 in recognition of those efforts.
You can read an in-depth profile on Marwan Hage from the Hamilton Spectator.
You can also watch a video of Marwan discussing his new contract.
In February 2012, Marwan was the subject of a feature article describing how he took his childhood experiences in war-torn Lebanon and channeled them into a commitment to a lifetime of volunteerism. The article focused on the charity that Marwan has been running during his long career with the Hamilton Tiger Cats (Hage's Heroes). He was previously honoured for his charity work at the 2009 CFL Awards with the Tom Pate Memorial Award. This award is given to a player with outstanding sportsmanship and one who has made a significant contribution to his team and to his community. You can find out more about Hage's Heroes on Marwan's website.
Way to go, Marwan! It's great to see you doing well as a player as well as giving back to the Hamilton community in such a significant way. You make Vanier proud!