TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts have signed seven-year-old running back Darius Raso to a one-day contract.
“We are thrilled to add a player of Raso’s stature to our roster,” Argonauts General Manager Jim Popp said. “Raso’s determination, strength and love for football and the Toronto Argonauts are an inspiration to us all and we know he will be a tremendous asset both in the locker room and on the field.”
Raso will attend team meetings on Thursday morning before taking part in his first practice as a member of the double blue in the afternoon at Lamport Stadium. He’ll play in his first career Mark’s Labour Day Weekend on Sept 2 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The running back has been suffering from acute lymphocytic leukemia for a year now, undergoing chemotherapy regularly and as recently as last week. Raso’s love for football and the Toronto Argonauts has been instrumental during his fight with cancer.
The Kleinburg, Ontario native attended the Argos game on August 1st, a win over the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and has been following the team very closely, a welcome distraction from treatments. Raso is excited to get to work with his new team and make an immediate impact.