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Born: May 12, 1985 – Montreal, Quebec
2017: Years as a Lion: 10th Years in CFL: 10th Status: National
Career Games: 155 Playoffs: 12 Grey Cup: 1 (2011)
After a great career at McMaster University, Jason was selected in the 3rd round of the 2008 CFL Draft (20th overall).
2016: Jason appeared in all 18 regular season games for the fourth time in his career and third time in the past four seasons. Notching 14 special teams tackles on the year, Jason set a new CFL record in the category on August 19 versus Calgary when he picked up his 185th career special teams tackle. He also tallied a career-high nine defensive stops after seeing significantly more time on the field with the Lions’ defence in 2016.
2015: Another steady campaign for one of the club’s most accomplished special teams players as Jason racked-up another 18 tackles which was good enough for second among all Lions, fifth in the CFL and pushed his all-time club mark to 176. He also equaled his career-high for defensive stops with six which came in the regular season finale versus Calgary.
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.
2008–2016: 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 nine seasons, Jason has had more special teams tackles than any other CFL player with 190 for his career which is also a CFL record. 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 three seasons out of the top-four in the category.
Most Outstanding Special Teams Player: 2009 (West)
West Division All-Star: 2009
CFL Record: Special Teams Tackles – 190
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.