CFL: 8th season
Stamps: 3rd season
Games played through 2017
Regular season: 125 (17 with Cgy. in 2017, 18 with Cgy. in 2016, 2 with Cgy. in 2015, 15 with Ssk. in 2015, 14 with Ssk. in 2014, 15 with Mtl. in 2013, 9 with Edm. in 2012, 18 with Edm. in 2011, 17 with BC in 2010)
Playoffs: 8 (1 with Cgy. in 2017, 1 with Cgy. in 2016, 2 with Cgy. in 2015, 1 with Ssk. in 2014, 1 with Mtl. in 2013, 1 with Edm. in 2011, 1 with BC in 2010)
Grey Cup: 2 (with Cgy. in 2016 and 2017)
Grey Cup wins: 0
Calgary acquired Messam along with a 2016 fifth-round draft pick in a trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in exchange for national kicker Tyler Crapigna, a 2016 third-round draft pick and the rights to a negotiation-list player.
Messam signed with the BC Lions as a free agent on May 14, 2010, and was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos on June 19, 2011, in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2013 draft. Messam signed with the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins on Feb. 15, 2012, and returned to the Eskimos after being released by Miami on Aug. 25, 2012. He was traded to the Montreal Alouettes on Feb. 5, 2013, in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft. Messam signed with Saskatchewan as a free agent on July 9, 2014. He attended mini-camp with the NFL’s New York Giants in 2008.
(Calgary) Messam started 17 games and had 2015 carries for 1,016 yards and nine touchdowns. It was the fourth time in his career he cracked the 1,000-yard mark in rushing. He also had 33 catches for 183 yards. He scored a career-high three rushing TDs on July 29 against Hamilton. He was named a CFL player of the week for Week 5 against Saskatchewan after recording his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 13th of his career. He was on the one-game injury list for Game 14. In the Western Final, Messam rushed 13 times for 71 yards and one touchdown, made four catches for 44 yards and also had a carry for a two-point convert. He was named the Most Valuable Canadian in the Grey Cup after accumulating 13 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown and also contributing a six-yard touchdown reception.
(Calgary) Messam started 18 games and had 206 carries for a league-leading 1,198 yards and 11 touchdowns and 54 catches for 485 yards and one touchdown. He also had two two-point conversions – one on a rush and one on a catch. He started the Western Final and rushed 14 times for 84 yards and added two catches for 12 yards. He also started in the Grey Cup and had eight carries for 35 yards and added six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. In the Stamps’ home-opener, he rushed for 137 yards on 16 carries and was named a CFL player of the week. He earned the honour again in Week 7 when he ran for 109 yards and a touchdown and added five catches for 36 yards against the Roughriders. He played his 100th regular-season CFL game in the Labour Day Classic. He was the first 1,000-yard rusher of the season, surpassing the plateau on Oct. 10 in Toronto. It was his third 1,000-yard rushing season and second in a row and his 1,198 rushing yards were a career personal best. Messam was a West all-star, a CFL all-star and was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian.
(Saskatchewan/Calgary) Messam started two games for the Stampeders, registering 28 carries for 180 yards, six catches for 33 yards and also ran in a two-point convert. In his first game as a Stamp he rushed for a season-high 121 yards on 15 carries. He also started the Western Semi-Final where he was the team’s leading rusher and receiver, racking up 15 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown and adding four catches for 81 yards. He started the Western Final and rushed for 56 yards on 13 carries and added four catches for 45 yards. He played 15 games with the Roughriders prior to being traded to the Stampeders and was leading the CFL with 1,290 yards from scrimmage at the time of his acquisition by Calgary. He finished the regular season with 1,006 rushing yards (3rd in the CFL) and two touchdowns on 163 carries and a career-high 53 receptions for 497 yards. He was one of just three 1,000-yard rushers in the CFL this season and his average of 6.2 yards per carry was tops among all running backs. He was named a West Division all-star.
(Saskatchewan) In his first season with the Roughriders, Messam played 14 regular-season games and accumulated 382 rushing yards and 134 receiving yards. He scored a rushing touchdown and also returned one kickoff for nine yards. Messam’s most productive game came on Aug. 7 against Winnipeg as he ran for 126 yards. He was in uniform for the Riders’ West semifinal appearance against Edmonton.
(Montreal) Messam dressed for 15 regular-season contests and rushed for 565 yards and two touchdowns. He set career highs — since surpassed — with 31 receptions for 317 yards. Messam also had one kickoff return for 17 yards. He was in uniform for the East semifinal against Montreal.
(Edmonton) Messam rejoined the Eskimos mid-season after attending training camp with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. In nine regular-season games for Edmonton, he rushed for 168 yards and one touchdown and added eight catches for 76 yards.
(Edmonton) Messam played all 18 regular-season games for the Eskimos and became the first Canadian in 11 years to rush for 1,000 yards. He had 195 carries for 1,057 yards and six touchdowns and added 27 receptions for 248 yards as well as two kickoff returns for 21 yards. In becoming the first Canadian to reach 1,000 rushing yards since Sean Millington in 2000, Messam had four 100-yard games including a career-best 139 yards on Sept. 16 against Hamilton. He had a pair of two-touchdown performances, both of which came against the Tiger-Cats. Messam had a rushing touchdown in the Eskimos’ West semifinal win over Calgary but was unable to play in the West final because of injury.
(BC) Messam played 17 regular-season games in his rookie season with the Lions and contributed both on offence and special teams. He had 23 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns as well as five receptions for 57 yards. Messam also returned five kickoffs for 91 yards. Both of his touchdowns came in the same game — a Sept. 11 contest against Toronto. Messam dressed for the Lions’ West semifinal contest against Saskatchewan.
First CFL game: July 10, 2010, vs Saskatchewan
First touchdown: Sept. 11, 2010, vs Toronto
Honoured: CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2011 and 2016
Honoured: Most Valuable Canadian in the 2017 Grey Cup
West Division all-star: 2011, 2015, 2016
CFL all-star: 2011, 2016
Milestone: CFL rushing champion in 2016
Milestone: Cracked 1,000-yard rushing mark in 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Milestone: Played 100th regular-season CFL game on Sept. 5, 2016
Milestone: Recorded his first three-touchdown game on July 29, 2017, vs Hamilton
Messam wrapped up his collegiate career in 2009 at Graceland University in Iowa by rushing for 1,075 yards and 12 touchdowns on 197 carries and earning all-conference honours. He sat out the 2008 season with a knee injury. In 2007, Messam ran for 993 yards and 16 touchdowns on 197 carries. Prior to playing at Graceland, Messam played two seasons at the North Dakota State College of Science.
Messam was a standout at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Brampton, Ont. During the off-season, he works with young football players through the Super Elite Football Camp.
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