If you didn’t know any better, you would think Ted Laurent was another National Football League castoff, trying to find football employment north of the border.
“Nobody knows me, I don’t know anybody,” Laurent said on Tuesday after the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ training camp practice at Ron Joyce Stadium. “I feel like a rookie again and nobody knows who I am. I just have to prove myself.”
Not quite. True, Laurent signed with the Ticats on the weekend after failing to impress both the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings enough to get his signature on a contract.
But when Laurent returned to Canada and chose the Ticats over his hometown Montreal Alouettes, it gave Hamilton a defensive tackle who is two years removed from an all-star season with the Edmonton Eskimos and another Canadian on a team deep with non-import talent.