Lions lock-up Clermont
(Vancouver) BC Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono announced today that receiver Jason Clermont has signed a new contract with the team. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not released.
"Jason is an outstanding football player and I am very pleased to have him extend with us," said Buono."In addition to being the kind of player our fans want to see, his leadership on the field and in our dressing room is what we build championships around."
Through 10 games of the 2007 season, Clermont is the Lions' leading receiver with 48 receptions for 563 yards and three touchdowns.
Breaking into the CFL as the Lions' first selection (4th overall) in the 2002 CFL Draft, Clermont wasted little time making a name for himself as a rugged and sure-handed receiver. After racking up 46 receptions and 735 receiving yards along with six TD's that season Clermont was selected as the league's Most Outstanding Rookie.
He would follow up a solid sophomore season in 2003 with a West Division All-Star campaign in 2004 along with the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian award and Most Valuable Canadian honour in the Grey Cup that season.
"I am pleased to extend my commitment with the Lions and I am grateful that the organization that originally drafted me has made me part of their future plans. I enjoy my role with the club and I will continue to meet and exceed the their expectations," said Clermont.
In his defining season as a pro in 2006, Clermont would miss just seven games after tearing his MCL in Week 1. The Regina-native would return ahead of schedule and finish the season with 44 receptions for 507 yards and three TD's and be a key component in the club's fifth Grey Cup championship last November.
Clermont entered the 2007 season ranked as the Lions' 13th receiver all-time with 4,119 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns - he now ranks 11th with 4,682 yards just 58 behind John Pankratz (4,740).
Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono and Jason Clermont will be available to the media today at 3:00 pm at the club's Surrey practice facility (10605-135 Street).
The next BC Lions home game is Saturday, September 15th versus the Toronto Argonauts at 7:00 pm at BC Place presented by RONA - for tickets call 604-589-ROAR. For more information on the BC Lions Football Club, please visit our website at bclions.com.
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