Celebrating Community Successes

By:  Wendy McLeod
June, 2022
Issue: 65

Local Pair Chosen in 2022 CFL Draft

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Noah Zerr, a local football player, was drafted to the BC Lions in the recent 2022 CFL Draft. 
A football product from Langenburg didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called in the 2022 CFL Draft.

Noah Zerr was selected in the second round, 12th overall, by the BC Lions on the May 3rd draft. Despite going early, the whole process was still nerve racking for the 6’7, 330lb offensive lineman.

“There were definitely some moments where you’re not sure what your future looks like. You just never know when your name is going to get called,” laughed Zerr. “I felt it was going to happen but you’re never sure on the day. I was lucky to get drafted in the second round and go to a wonderful team in BC.”

Zerr started playing football when he was roughly 13 years old in Langenburg after spending a number of years playing hockey, but he never really “fit right in skates” being a foot taller than the other kids his age. He credits his dad for the switch to the gridiron saying he would tell him stories about his time playing football.
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Noah Zerr at the CFL Combine back in March 2022, ahead of the CFL Draft. 
“When my dad introduced me to football, that was kind of it. I was doing anything to just keep playing the sport. Whenever I could put on football pads, I was in them. I just loved playing football. It was something I fell into and never really looked back.”

Tradition also drew Zerr to the sport. His dad used to play, along with two uncles and his brother currently plays football. “It felt like a family tradition and that I was doing the right thing by taking this as far as I can.”

After graduating from Yorkton Regional High School and taking the field with the YRHS Raiders football team, Zerr joined the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in 2017. There he was part of two Hardy Cup winning teams and played in the 2021 Vanier Cup. 

Before heading to training camp with the BC Lions, Zerr made his way to New York where he as invited to take part in the NFL New York Giants rookie mini camp. 
Photo Credit: Montreal Alouettes/Twitter
Canora's Peter Kozushka was selected in the sixth round, 51st overall, by the Montreal Alouettes. 
Zerr wasn’t the only local football product to be drafted to the CFL in early May.

Canora’s Peter Kozushka went in the 6th round, 51st overall, to the Montreal Alouettes. The 6’7, 320 lbs offensive lineman grew up on a farm near Hampton, which is south of Canora.

He was most recently playing with the University of Alberta Golden Bears football team.

“He’s a big, big human being, long, and I like that when he wants to move people, he uses that size well and uses that strength,” said Byron Achambault, special teams coordinator for the Alouettes. ”When you like to run the ball like we do, that skillset is something that becomes very interesting for us. He’s an impressive young player.”
Photo Credit: University of Alberta Golden Bears
Peter Kozushka played with the UofA Golden Bears during his university career. 
Like Zerr, Kozushka spent his high school football career with the YRHS Raiders Football program. During his time there, Kozushka was selected for Team Saskatchewan in 2013-2014 and Team Canada in 2015, the year he graduated.

Kozushka’s university playing career started off slowly due to an injury that kept him out of action for two years. He didn’t suit up for the Bears until 2017 and it was in 2018 when he first started.

Parkland Valley Sport Culture and Recreation District is a non-profit voluntary organization working with communities building capacity and creating a strong network of support through sport, culture and recreation.

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