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Former Laurier linebacker prepares for Grey Cup

Championships seem to follow Nakas Onyeka around.

The 2016 Yates Cup champion with the Laurier Golden Hawks now has a chance at something much bigger — the 105th Grey Cup.

The linebacker, who has recorded 14 special teams tackles with the Argonauts this season, will join his team as they face off against the Calgary Stampeders on Nov. 26 in Ottawa.

“Excited is an understatement,” said Onyeka, who signed with the Argonauts in May of 2016.

The Argos, led by Ricky Ray worked their way past the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a packed BMO Field on Sunday, winning by a narrow margin of 25-21.

“It was a statement game for us,” said Onyeka.

While Onyeka was part of arguably the most thrilling game in Laurier Golden Hawks history last year as they came back from the largest margin in Yates Cup history, there’s no doubt that the Grey Cup is a whole different ball game.

“This is what you watch growing up in Canada,” said Onyeka. “The Yates Cup was a great experience, but this is what you look forward to.”

In the 2016 season, his last with the Golden Hawks, Onyeka won the OUA Football President’s Award, and was a provincial and national first-team all-star. He was also Laurier’s team most valuable player for the 2016 season.

While Onyeka has gone from a playmaker in OUA football to a special teams specialist with the Argos, he’s happy to do whatever it takes.