Empire Focal Point – Smith & Asare



Blair Smith

#48, National Linebacker

6’2″, 230 lbs, 27 Years Old

The Edmonton Eskimos acquired national linebacker Blair Smith in the seventh round, 60th overall of the 2015 CFL Draft. Smith was re-signed to the Eskimos in 2017.

In 2015, Smith was active in the all 18 games of the regular season & recorded 19 special teams tackles, his first-career special teams tackle came in Week 11 against the Calgary Stampeders. Smith recorded five tackles in the West Final and was on the active roster for the Grey Cup against Ottawa; you know, that time we won the Grey Cup.

During the 2016 & 2017 regular seasons, Smith has a combined 9 defensive tackles 19 Special Teams tackles and on forced fumble in a total of 22 games. In 2017, he went on the 1-game injured list in Week 12 and wad re-activated in Week 15. During the 2016 Playoff season, Smith recorded one defensive tackle and one special teams tackle during the Eastern Semi-Final against Hamilton. In the Eastern Final against Ottawa he had one special teams tackle. In the 2017 Playoff season, Smith appeared in the West Semi-Final and recorded two defensive tackles in the West Final against Calgary.

In 2018, Smith (in three games) has two tackles, seven special teams tackle and one interception… and we’ve only started!

If you want an expert opinion regarding Canadian football, I think I will ask Mr. Smith. Being as his dad was a peewee coach, Blair said he has been around football since he was a baby. He attended 3 high schools (Mount Carmel, St. Marcellinus Secondary and Streetsville Secondary Schools ) and when is was apparent Streetsville Secondary didn’t have a football team, Blair decided to throw he athleticism into another grueling and tough game: rugby. He attended 3 Post-Secondary Schools including Saint Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia), New Mexico Military Institute and Angelo State University (Texas). During his Football career, Smith recorded a total of 208 tackles, 4 interceptions and 6 sacks.

To add to his impeccable football resume, Blair and Jessica run the campaign Pumped for Kids, arsing awareness for Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy. They recently organized a fundraiser to raise money for their baby-to-be. Unfortunately, the fundraiser was one June 30 but I am positive, no donation will be rejected going forward! Please check out their website for more details regarding their story and to understand more about ARVC. Also, check out & follow all their social media accounts located on the website.


Kwabena Asare

#62, National Offensive Linemen

6’8″, 270 lbs, 26 Years Old

The Edmonton Eskimos selected national Offensive Linemen Kwabena Asare in the sixth round (49th overall) of the 2017 CFL Draft. He was signed on May 23, 2017 & re-signed as a free agent on Feb. 14, 2018.

In 2017, Asare finished the season on the club's practice roster and remains on there into the 2018 season.

A Carelton University product, Asare participated in the 2016 East-West Bowl for Team East. Kwabena Asare and Nate Behar, both Carleton Ravens football players, were named to the CFL Scouting Bureau's Top-20 list of prospects for the 2017 CFL draft.

While we haven’t seen any game-time from Kwabena, if you get a chance to talk to this guy, do it! He is hilarious! And I have a first-hand account of this. I got to meet him after a game last season and he was gracious, sweet and, as already stated, funny-to-boot! At 6’8″, he really is a friendly giant. I anticipate the day he joins the active roster.



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