Another key player from the 2009 playoff team is staying in Black & Gold just a little longer. The Tiger-Cats announced today that they have inked standout Centre Marwan Hage to a contract extension through 2012.
I have been critical of Hage in the past. Many people consider him to be one of the best, if not the best, at his position. I have seen a lot of from Hage over the years, and I do think he's a very good Centre, but maybe he's just a little over-hyped. That said, I'm still glad we have him.
When one talks about Marwan Hage, one cannot ignore his philanthropic work in the Hamilton area. His most well-known program is Hage's Heroes. Hage's work in the community is second to none. He deserves nothing but the utmost respect for all the time and effort he has put in to help children in the Greater Hamilton Area. No matter what anyone thinks of Marwan the Player, Marwan the Man deserves nothing less than the highest of praise.
Back to the topic of football: the re-signing of Hage is just the latest in a long line of moves that provide more continuity from last season. Increased stability is a must if a team is to be successful, and with very few departures this season, the Tabbies are looking like they will continue their climb back to relevance that began last season. Re-signing Hage is just the latest example of keeping the key players in town for the foreseeable future.