All-star Canadian defensive back Tunde Adeleke re-signs with Hamilton Tiger-Cats


Published January 20, 2022 at 3:46 pm

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Thursday (Jan. 19) the football club has re-signed national defensive back Tunde Adeleke to a two-year contract extension.

Adeleke, 26, started 12 games at safety for the Tiger-Cats in 2021, posting 44 total tackles, a career-high in quarterback sacks (2), six pass knockdowns and matched a career-high in interceptions (2). The 5-10, 208-pound defensive back was named a Canadian Football League East Division All-Star for a second consecutive season (2019, 21) and was named the Tiger-Cats’ Most Outstanding Canadian (2021).

Adeleke, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria but grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, has appeared in 59 games over his four year CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders (2017-18) and Tiger-Cats (2019-21), registering 164 total tackles, four quarterback sacks, four interceptions, 11 pass knockdowns, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries – including a 20-yard fumble return touchdown.


The Carleton University product has also suited up in nine playoff games in his career and has played in the Grey Cup every year of his career (2017-19, 21), winning a championship with Calgary in 2018.

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