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: 8 BC / 8 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.
2014: A banner year for the veteran special teams ace as he appeared in all 18 regular season games for the third time in his career notching a team-high 23 tackles (2nd in CFL) and in the process, set a new club standard in the category which now stands at 158.
2013: Yet another strong season for Jason as he added 17 more special teams tackles to his total of 135 which ranks second among all-time Leos. Also seeing time on defence, he contributed three tackles and a forced fumble. Jason 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: 121 Playoff: 9 Grey Cup: 1 (2011 w/BC)
2008-2014: A career Lion, Jason joined the club in 2008 after being selected in the third round of the CFL Draft (20th overall). Over the past seven seasons, Jason has had more special teams tackles than any other CFL player with 158 for his career. That total is tops all-time for the Leos and ranks 10th in CFL history while putting Jason within three stops of ninth.
His consistent play has resulted in notching at least 14 stops every year as a pro. After leading the league in special teams tackles in 2008 and finishing second in the category in 2009 as well as in 2014, Jason has only had one season out of the top-four in the category.
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.