Edmonton Eskimos

Kamau Peterson - Wide Receiver - 2007-10 - New Hampshire

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Eskimo slotback Peterson named top Canadian - Canadian Press - 20-11-2008

Edmonton Eskimos slotback Kamau Peterson has captured his first-ever CFL top Canadian award.

Peterson received the honour Thursday night at the league's awards banquet. Montreal Alouettes slotback Ben Cahoon, a two-time top Canadian recipient, was the finalist.

Voting for the award was conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada as well as the eight CFL head coaches.

It's ironic that both Peterson and Cahoon were finalists for the award despite being American born. However, each is recognized as a non-import - or Canadian - by the CFL for having grown up in Canada.

Peterson becomes the Eskimos first outstanding player winner since 2002 when rush end Elfrid Payton was named the league's top defensive player.

Peterson became a go-to receiver for Edmonton's Ricky Ray, finishing with 101 catches for 1,317 yards and four touchdowns. The eight-year veteran also stepped up for the Eskimos after veteran Jason Tucker suffered a season-ending neck injury in August.

Peterson, who recently signed a two-year contract extension with Edmonton became just the fourth receiver in club history to record more than 100 catches in a season, joining the likes of Terry Vaughn (106 in '03), Craig Ellis (106 in '90) and Brian Kelly (104 in 1983).
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Peterson joined the Eskimos in 2007 after spending time with Calgary, Winnipeg and Hamilton. A top pick of the Stampeders in 2001 out of New Hampshire the LaSalle Ontario native who was born in Los Angeles enjoyed great success with Calgary to start his career. He moved to Winnipeg as a free agent in 2004 and struggled with the Blue Bombers. Marked with the unflattering nickname 'In-completerson' for his untimely drops he found a home with the Eskimos in 2007. With the forced retirement of Jason Tucker in 2008, Peterson stepped up as the leader of the Eskimo receiving core paying tribute to Tucker.

 

He enjoyed his finest season in 2008 being named top Canadian. A torn achilles would cut short his season in 2010 and end his time in Edmonton. He would spend 1 final season with the B.C. Lions in 2011 before retiring from professional football.

 

 

 

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Kamau Peterson   New Hampshire
  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2001 Cgy 37 465 12.6 46 1
2002 Cgy 62 931 15.0 48 6
2003 Cgy 28 354 12.6 42 1
2004 Wpg 50 637 0.0 45 4
2005 Wpg 15 218 14.5 61 0
Ham 27 332 12.3 44 3
2006 Ham 51 567 11.1 41 1
2007 Edm 80 1,068 13.4 64 7
2008 Edm 101 1,315 13.0 66 4
2009 Edm 63 788 12.5 63 1
2010 Edm 8 66 8.3 11 0
2011 BC 12 136 11.3 22 1
Total 11 534 6,877 12.9 66 29