A local football player is living his dream as a professional football player.
Austin Fordham-Miller, of Morpeth, has signed a professional contract to play for the CFL’s Hamilton Tigercats.
“This definitely has been a dream come true, with many of my family members and friends being Ti-Cat fans. I’ve always grown up watching them on TV dreaming of the day I’d be able to call myself a Ti-Cat,” said Fordham-Miller.
The six-foot-three, 270-pound defensive tackle has been playing football since he was nine years old, starting in Blenheim and playing for the Chatham-Kent Cougars travel team.
He played High School football for the Blenheim Bobcats in Grade 9 and the UCC Lancers from Grade 10-11. For his senior year, Fordham-Miller moved to Welland to attend Canada Prep Football Academy. He then joined the Western Mustangs in late 2016.
According to Fordham-Miller, despite coming from Morpeth, a small town with a population of approximately 500, nobody is stopping you from reaching your dreams except yourself.
“You must compete with yourself on a daily basis and continue to strive towards your goal,” said Fordham-Miller. “Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise, and make sure when people start to doubt your ability, you can brush it off, as being your own biggest critic can help you strengthen your weakest areas.”
The 23-year-old recently graduated from Western University, where he helped the school capture the Vanier Cup national championship in 2017. Most recently, he played nine games in 2019-20 for the Mustangs, recording 26 total tackles, with 5.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback sack.
Fordham-Miller said the goal for the team and for himself in his rookie season is to win the Grey Cup. He said he has been working extremely hard to create habits that will help the Tiger-Cats in their journey to being crowned the best team in the CFL.
“I’ve always been a relentless player, someone who will always look to be better than I was the day before, and I will continue to chase after perfection,” said Fordham-Miller.
Fordham-Miller will live out his dreams on August 5 when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats travel to Winnipeg to take on the Blue Bombers.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News