TORONTO (November 6, 2018) – Ahead of the 106th Grey Cup Playoffs, the Canadian Football League (CFL) has unveiled the nine players nominated for the distinguished Jake Gaudaur Veterans’ Award. The honour has been awarded every year since 2010 to a Canadian CFL player who best demonstrates the attributes of Canada’s veterans: strength, perseverance, courage, comradeship and contribution to Canadian communities. The award recognizes Jake Gaudaur for embodying these attributes both as the CFL’s longest-standing Commissioner and as a distinguished veteran of the Second World War.
The nominees are chosen by their respective clubs; the recipient is chosen by a committee and honoured during the Shaw CFL Awards at Grey Cup Weekend. This year’s awards gathering will take place at the Winspear Centre and hosted by TSN’s James Duthie and Natasha Staniszewski on November 22nd in Edmonton.
Declan has played in all four special teams over his Argos career and has become an integral part of the team. He hasn’t missed a game yet, and his hard work and persistence through injury is noticed by his teammates and coaches. He’s become a mentor for rookies on the team, helping them acclimate to pro football. Declan visits a lot of schools for the Argos’ “Huddle Up” anti-bullying program, speaking to students about facing adversity.