Messam got early start
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
HAMILTON - Years before Jerome Messam ever ran a route in the CFL, he walked one in his hometown of Brantford, Ont.
Back when he was 11 years old, the Edmonton Eskimos running back had a job delivering the Toronto Sun.
“Yup, my first job,” Messam said outside the visitors locker-room at Ivor Wynne Stadium, mere moments after delivering a 140-yard rushing performance in Friday’s 38-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
While slinging papers might not have been the defining factor forming him into the football player he is today, Messam said it didn’t exactly harm his chances, either.
“It developed my strength,” explained Messam, now 25. “I had this old-school, big blue cart. It was really heavy and when you stacked the papers in it, it was at least 100 pounds.
“And I was, like, 11 carrying that thing around.”
Back then, the Sun published a 200-page Sunday edition, which didn’t lighten Messam’s load at all.
“So every Sunday morning, I’d get up at 5 a.m. and go walking around delivering those papers,” he said. “Then come back home and chill out.”