A winner is willing to do what others are not.
|Height: 6.02||Born: Montreal, QC|
|Weight: 205||College: McMaster|
|Birthdate: 1985-05-12||Years: 7 BC / 7 CFL|
After a great career at McMaster University, Jason was selected in the 2008 CFL Canadian Draft - 3rd round (20th overall). He signed a contract extension with the Lions prior to the start of the 2010 regular season.
2013: Yet another strong season for Jason as he added 17 more special teams tackles to his now all-time BC Lions best total of 135. He continued to see time on defence as well with three tackles and a forced fumble. He played in all 18 regular season games for the first time since his rookie season and added a special teams tackle in the Western Semi-Final at Regina.
2012: A significant stepping stone in 2012 for Jason as he saw extensive action on defence for the first time in his CFL career. He posted a career-high with six defensive tackles including four vs Winnipeg on Aug 24/12 and also had a career-best seven total tackles in that win over the Bombers. Jason finished second on the club with 16 special teams tackles with at least one in 12 games.
Games Played: Career: 103 Playoff: 8 Grey Cup: 1
2008-2013: Jason joined the Lions in 2008 after being selected in the third round of the CFL Draft and had an immediate impact on special teams. Over the past six seasons, Jason has had more special teams tackles than any other CFL player with 135 and no season with less than 14. He is second all-time in special teams tackles for the Lions with 135 (Sean Millington leads with 140) and ranks 17th in CFL history.
Only five CFL players have ever had more consecutive 10+ ST Tackle seasons and Jason will be trying to make it seven straight in 2014. He led the CFL in the category in 2008, finished second in 2009 and has been out of the top four in the category once in his first four CFL seasons.
West Division All-Star: 2009
West Division Awards: Most Outstanding Special Teams Player 2009
The Oakville, Ontario native recorded 32 tackles, one sack and an interception, appearing in all 8 games in his fourth and final year with the Marauders in 2007.
Jason was an Anthropology major at McMaster and is currently pursuing his Canadian Securities certificate during the offseason. Now living in Vancouver fulltime, Jason enjoys spending as much time as he can reading, snowboarding and participating in numerous Lions community initiatives.
He began playing football at age 14 in Oakville, Ontario and also played rugby in high school. Jason is the son of former CFL’er Nick Arakgi, and is the godson of former Lions defensive coordinator Dave Ritchie.