B.C. Lions sign running back Jamal Robertson to contract extension

The B.C. Lions announced today (January 24) that they have signed running back Jamal Robertson to a contract extension that will keep him in the black and orange through the 2012 season.

With the extension, the Lions have shored up their running game that has seen its share of ups and downs over the past half decade. Going back to Antonio Warren, then it was Joe Smith. Don’t forget about Charles Roberts for a short time. All of whom weren’t able to do what Robertson did last season.

The former Toronto Argonaut played his first year with the Lions last season after signing as a free agent. He put up a strong season with the Leo’s both in the rushing and receiving columns. Robertson carried for 953 yards and eight touchdowns. While receiving 54 catches for 387 yards and one TD.

The Washington, D.C., native is 34 and is ecstatic about the deal. He thinks that the 2011 edition of the Lions has a good shot at a championship. “We have a great mix of youth and experience and I can’t think of a better place to win a title than at home in front of our fans,” said Robertson at the announcement.

The 99th Grey Cup will be hosted by the Lions in the refurbished B.C. Place, and they hope that they’ll be playing in the game.

Dustin Forbes writes for the Vancity Sports Blog.

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