Saturday, April 28 marks the final tryout for the 2007 London Silverbacks and there will be one player noticeably absent… yet the coaching staff could not be more pleased. Last year’s offensive rookie wide-receiver Toby Atawo recently signed a deal with the Toronto Argonauts making him the first Silverback to hit the CFL and the most recent in a growing list of players to make the pro ranks in the teams short three year history. The unique storybook twist is Atawo had never played a season of football before joining the Silverbacks.
Born and raised in the Toronto area Toby had excelled in multiple sports including track, soccer, volleyball and basketball. Due to his overall athleticism he was named senior athlete of the year in high school en route to receiving a dual scholarship to Eastern Illinois in track and soccer. After a transfer to Cal-Berkley Toby turned his focus to track while also getting a chance to workout with the football team yet due to scholarship restrictions was unable to play a down or be part of the team. That did not stop the Calgary Stampeders (CFL) from bringing him on board for their 2006 training camp. After his release to get more experience Toby came to the Silverbacks and due to his hunger, determination and overall athleticism quickly became a valuable and dangerous facet of the offence helping lead them to their record setting semi-final season.
Now as the team prepares to finish their journey to the league title game they will be looking for new recruits this weekend, maybe another Toby Atawo. Someone who will do Canada proud competing on the international stage while dreaming of the chance to play in the big leagues.
Click here to view the announcement on the Argos' site...