Pro days measure a player’s height, weight, vertical jump, speed over 40 yards and on zig-zag courses and strength. But heart? If there were such a test, John Hardy-Tuliau would put up numbers that would make Mel Kiper Jr.’s hair stand at attention.
His last name has a hyphen, but it really should include a slash. At UH, Hardy-Tuliau played cornerback, free safety, strong safety, nickelback and dimeback. That’s five positions — make that 11, if you count his time on six special-team units. He also would have been a punt returner if he wasn’t needed to block punts.
Despite all that, there were many nights — months? — when his cell phone was silent. But he worked hard, kept the faith, and knocked on proverbial doors. The reward is his place on the B.C. Lions’ practice roster. Earning an international spot — any international spot — is significant in the CFL, where Canadians are guaranteed a majority of the roster berths.
Hardy-Tuliau won’t play in the Lions’ season-opener this week. While he awaits a promotion to the active roster, he will work hard and keep the faith.
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