LCF: Sean Thomas Erlington, the Quebecer who defies the predictions
Quebec running back Sean Thomas Erlington continues to defy the odds and has just extended his association with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
At the start of week, the 30-year-old gave up his autonomy and signed a one-year contract extension with the club that drafted him in the eighth round (66th overall) of the 2017 Canadian Football League auction (LCF).
“I know the coaches and the system, which complements my style. I really appreciate the opinion they [the Tiger-Cats] have of me and the plays I'm allowed to make. I was not guaranteed to find that elsewhere in the league, ”said Thomas Erlington in a telephone interview.
“This is my second home! I'm fine in Hamilton. The Tiger-Cats are the only professional team in town and the fans really love their club. […] It's a very pleasant place to live.”
Few observers would have bet that Thomas Erlington would experience a career in the CFL at the time of his selection. He will play a sixth season there in 2023.
In addition, the product of Carabins from the University of Montreal continues to improve. He has just had his best campaign statistically. In 18 games last year, he rushed for 371 yards and added 216 yards on catches.
Thomas Erlington credits winter efforts to his success.
< p>“Most of the work is done in the off season. Even though I have been in the pros for a few years, I always try to surpass myself and start the season in better physical condition. I think it pays off.”
“Your job is never guaranteed in professional football and you should never take anything for granted.”
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Thomas Erlington has his own weight training equipment in his house located about an hour from Montreal. This is mainly where he puts his efforts to improve his performance, but he also has the chance to follow activities improving his cardiorespiratory capacities with the Carabins student-athletes.
“For several years, I have been running with the Carabins players when I have the opportunity. It allows me to experience collegiality by joining my university team.”
Thomas Erligton really appreciates being welcome when he wants to be with the Blues. Each year, several professionals and former representatives of the Carabins reconnect with their alma mater to train.
“Even when you have finished your university course, you remain a member of the Carabins family. A quick phone call to Marco [Iadeluca, the head coach] and we welcome you with open arms”, underlined the one who wore the colors of UdeM from 2013 to 2016.
Sean Thomas Erlington isn't the only one to have extended his association with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Indeed, quarterback Matthew Shiltz has signed a new agreement with the Ontario club. The one who wore the colors of the Montreal Alouettes from 2017 to 2021 should play second fiddle to Bo Levi Mitchell this season. Last year, the substitute had four starts with the “Cats”. He also threw passes in 11 of the 18 games he was in uniform.
Jake Wieneke with the Riders?
The Saskatchewan Roughriders would have continued to draw from the Alouettes and would have agreed on the clauses of a two-year contract with wide receiver Jake Wieneke.
This is what 3downnation.com learned on Tuesday. The day before, it was reported that quarterback Trevor Harris had agreed to a pact with the team playing in Regina. Currently, all CFL teams can negotiate and agree with footballers who will officially become free agents on February 14.
Wieneke joined the “Als” in 2019 and has never worn another uniform in the Ambrosia circuit. Last year, he suffered a downturn, being limited to just three touchdowns in 18 games.