On Saturday, Jason Lauzon-Séguin brought home to St-Eugène a shiny piece of hardware. People from St-Eugène and its surroundings got the chance to meet the Ottawa Redblacks number 58 and hold the Grey Cup.
Awarded to the Canadian Football League champions, the Grey Cup is one of the most prestigious awards in Canadian sports.
Banged, battered, and bruised, the cup hasn’t lost its luster over its 104 years and made quite a few faces shine as Lauzon-Séguin made his way around the gym of Curé-Labrosse elementary school.
Students from the school presented Lauzon-Séguin with a signed card congratulating the former student.
The Township of East Hawkesbury also presented Lauzon-Séguin with a commemorative plaque.
“It’s not very often we have a champion in East Hawkesbury so we’re pretty excited,” said Mayor Robert Kirby.
“I’m very happy to share the Grey Cup with all of you,” said Lauzon-Séguin, “Thank you for all the support, it’s very much appreciated.”
After the presentations, most of the 100 people or so lined up for an autograph and photo with the offensive lineman.
His mother, Laurie-Ann Lauzon, said her son didn’t like team sports much when he was a kid. “He liked skateboarding, snowboarding and bmx, but never was really in a team,” she said. Nonetheless, she said the community, which she called a “tight-knit family,” has always supported Jason growing up, and it was on full display on Saturday.
Lauzon-Séguin only started playing football at 17. Now at 26, this was his first year in the CFL after being drafted by the Redblacks.
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