January 14, 2013

Ticats release QB Porter, extend veteran lineman Hage


CFL.ca Staff

HAMILTON – Veteran quarterback Quinton Porter is hitting the open market a month before he was set to become a free agent after being released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats today.  The ‘Cats also announced that Marwan Hage has agreed to a new contract that will see the veteran offensive lineman remain in Hamilton through the 2015 season.

Porter, who dabbled as the club’s starter throughout his tenure, played five seasons with the Black and Gold.  He completed 358 of 562 passes for 4,095 yards and 21 touchdowns with 18 interceptions.  The 6-foot-5, 228-pound pivot also rushed 169 times for 919 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Boston College grad was used sparingly last season while backing up Henry Burris, seeing action primarily in short yardage situations.

A former East Division Most Outstanding Lineman, Hage, was slated to become a free agent next month. Since being selected in the second round (14th overall) of the 2004 CFL Draft, Hage has suited up in 126 regular season games over nine seasons and has been the Ticats starting centre since 2005.

“I’m pleased to extend my contract and have the opportunity to finish my career with the Tiger-Cats.  I couldn’t imagine myself playing for any other team,” said Hage.  “I feel a sense of loyalty to this city and our great fans, and I look forward to working with my teammates to bring the Grey Cup back to Hamilton.”     

Hage has established himself as one of the league’s premier offensive lineman over the course of his career, earning recognition as a CFLPA All-Star four times, an East Division All-Star twice and a CFL All-Star once.  Hage has also been named the Ticats Most Outstanding Lineman four times and was selected as the East Division’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 2010.

“Marwan is not just an outstanding player, he’s a respected leader in our locker room and a great representative of our organization in the community,” said Vice President of Football Operations, General Manager and Head Coach Kent Austin.

Hage is also renowned for his contributions to the Hamilton community.  His community program, Hage’s Heroes, has welcomed over 5,000 underprivileged youth to Tiger-Cats home games, fed over 6,000 families through food drives and made numerous donations to local charities since its inception in 2007.  

He was honoured with the CFL’s Tom Pate Memorial Award in 2009 in recognition of his efforts in the community.