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June 27, 2017 | Football

Coaches Pat Donovan and Jermaine Lewis-Parris with Zamaad Gambari.

Athletic DB Zamaad Gambari commits to Stingers

The Concordia Stingers are pleased to welcome defensive back/returner Zamaad Gambari, an extraordinary athlete from the GTA Grizzlies junior program, to the football family.

The accomplished track and field athlete and football player attracted the attention of the Toronto Argonauts when he played with the Grizzlies. The CFL club invited him to a preseason training camp in 2016 and has been helpful in providing feedback throughout his career.

“For us having a player that has worked out with a pro team and had good coaching is a great thing,” said Stinger defensive back coach Jermaine Lewis-Parris who was instrumental in bringing Gambari to Concordia. “We’re very excited to have him join us. Zamaad is going to have an impact immediately on special teams. At defensive back he gives us added depth and is going to compete right away for a starting spot.”

In his final season of OFC football with the Grizzlies, Gambari played seven games collecting 19 solo tackles and 13 assists.

The Brampton, Ont. native has many assets, including great athleticism from his days of running relays and competing in the long jump at St. Augustine Secondary School. He’s a physical player and he has already convinced the Concordia coaches he is going to be a great leader.

“He is the ultimate team player,” said Lewis-Parris. “Everyone is going to love him. He’s a natural leader and will be a mature presence on our team. He’s a very focused individual. He’s wants it on the football field and he wants his university degree.”

The 22 year old, who checks in at five foot nine, 180 pounds, will have three years of eligibility at the university level.