Vanier Cheetah WR ready to join Dinos community

Calgary brings in an out-of-province commit to their Class of 2017.

It hasn’t been an easy journey for Abdraman Abdel-Rahim, a wide receiver from Vanier College, but now he has the chance to play for something bigger than himself with the University of Calgary Dinos.

“Growing up in my neighbourhood of A Ma Baie (Montreal), I learned that nothing is ever given to you and you always have to work extremely hard to make it one day,” he said. “I feel like my commitment isn’t only for me, but my whole community back home because I’m representing them also and I always want to make them proud!”

It’s this community-first mindset that drew Abdel-Rahim to Calgary. The 6’3, 185lbs athlete said he chose the Dinos because he will have a chance to compete every year for the Vanier Cup. But, perhaps even more important, he said the whole city of Calgary feels like one big community that always rallies around their football teams, may it be the Dinos or their CFL team, the Stampeders.

Courtesy of Abdraman Abdel-Rahim.

The Vanier Cheetah (RSEQ Division 1) won’t be alone on his football journey. He has the chance to work under what he calls one of the best coaching staffs in the nation, from the head coach to the strength and conditioning coach. “Being able to play for this coaching staff is very humbling,” he said. “The pro-style offense is what I really liked and wanted to be apart of.”

Prior to his time with the Cheetahs, he played with Les Nomades du Collège Montmorency (RSEQ Division 1) and Les Faucons de Dorval Jean-XXIII in high school. “I never really got any personal awards,” he said. “But that’s not what I played for. I would trade in any award for a championship with my team.”

And it’s that mentality that Abdel-Rahim will go with to Calgary. He is interested in going into either International Business Affairs or Economics so he can become a business man after football.

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