Blue Bombers sign Abraham Morlu
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers added a touch of world-class speed Wednesday by signing receiver Abraham Morlu.
Financial terms and details of the contract were not released.
Morlu was a member of the Liberian track and field team that competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. The sprinter also represented Liberia at the 2001 world track and field championships and the 2002 African championships.
Morlu attended the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on a track scholarship. Before joining the UNC-Charlotte track team, he was one of the top-rated high school football prospects in North Carolina.
He set personal bests of 10.10 in the 100-yard sprint and 20.70 in the 200-yard sprint in college
Morlu played semi-pro football for the Charlotte Stars following his graduation from university before signing with Winnipeg.
"It's an excellent league. A lot of great guys, including some NFL players, have played up there," Morlu said of his decision to sign with the CFL club.
"I talked to some guys who have played up there before like Rocket Ismail. They all had great things to say about the league and that really swayed me."
Blue Bombers general manager Brendan Taman called Morlu a "diamond in the rough.
"Abraham Morlu has the one thing you can't teach a football player: speed," Taman said.
"While he still has a lot to learn at the pro level, his athletic ability and eagerness to learn will benefit his learning curve greatly. He will definitely be worth watching when training camp opens in a couple of months."