Physical gifts are nothing without hard work.
|Height: 6.01||Born: Manchester, JM|
|Weight: 260||College: Massachusetts|
|Birthdate: 1984-09-03||Years: 4 BC / 8 CFL|
Keron signed as a free agent with the Lions during the 2010 off-season, joining the club following two seasons in Montreal.
2012: Another vintage season for Keron as the veteran defensive lineman earned his second straight West Division all-star selection to go along with his first CFL all-star honours since 2009. He led the CFL in sacks for the first time in his career with 12, picking up at least one in 11 games including the first five contests to start the season.
Keron also added 29 tackles, a pair of forced fumbles, three tackles for loss and two pass knockdowns. Two of his career-high 12 sacks came on June 29/12 vs Winnipeg, his eighth game with multiple sacks in his career. His 10-yard fumble return on Oct 12/12 vs Hamilton was the longest of the season for the Lions.
2011: Keron had a stellar season for the Lions, registering career highs in defensive tackles with 43, quarterback sacks with 11 and tackles for a loss with 10. He ranked fourth in the CFL in sacks with his 11 takedowns and trailed only teammate Anton McKenzie in tackles for a loss. He was named to the West Division All-Star team, his third divisional honour in his first five seasons.
Keron recorded a career-high three sacks on Aug 19/11 vs Edmonton and had a very consistent 2011 with nine games of three or more tackles along the defensive line. He forced one fumble in 2011 and recovered another.
Games Played: Career: 103, Playoff: 6, Grey Cup: 3 (2011 w/ BC; 2008, 2009 w/Montreal)
2010-2012: Keron was signed as a free agent by BC in February 2010, bringing 52 games of CFL experience, two Grey Cup appearances and 24 sacks to the club’s defensive line from Montreal. Over three seasons with the Lions, he has now played 51 of 54 games to push his CFL career totals to 103 appearances and 52 sacks, 28 of which have come with the Lions.
The Grey Cup appearance for him in 2011 made it three in a span of four years, having had two with Montreal in 2008 and 2009. In his 51 games in a BC uniform, the Lions have a record of 31-20 and he as at least one sack in 24 of them.
2008-2009: Keron played out his contract with Calgary and signed with Montreal in 2008 where he went on to play in all 36 regular season games over two all-star campaigns with 18 sacks, four fumble recoveries and a pair of all-star seasons. 2006-2007: Keron signed with Calgary in mid-season, spending much of 2006 on the practice roster until late in the year when he made his CFL debut on Oct 15/06 against the Lions.
In 2007, he earned a spot on the active roster as a regular starter and recorded 28 tackles and six sacks. He had career highs of four tackles and three sacks on Oct 14/07 versus Winnipeg.
CFL All-Star: 2012, 2009
East Division All-Star: 2009, 2008
West Division All-Star: 2012, 2011
In 2005, his final season at U-Mass, Keron recorded 56 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and four sacks which earned him a First-Team All Atlantic 10 Conference selection for the Minutemen. In total, he spent four years at Massachusetts leaving after the 2005 season with two Conference All-Star selections and 12 career sacks.
Keron, his wife Lexi and their daughter make their off-season home in Apopka, Florida, where he works as a graphic designer. The U-Mass grad and college teammate of current Lions linebacker Anton McKenzie majored in Art in college.
Off the field, you’ll find Keron in the kitchen, where he is an accomplished cook, or listening to his favourite artist, Jay-Z. He also enjoys playing piano, cutting hair and making short films.
Keron began playing football at the age of 16 and notes the 2009 and 2012 Grey Cup championships as his biggest football memories to date.