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Nicolas "Hakeem" Kashama
Date of birth: (1978-02-22) February 22, 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth: Zaire
Career information
CFL status: Non-import
Position(s): DE
CFL Draft: 2004 / Undrafted
NFL Draft: 2004 / Undrafted
Organizations
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Nicolas "Hakeem" Kashama (born February 22, 1978) is a former professional gridiron football defensive end. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football for the Connecticut Huskies.

Kashama was also a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Calgary Stampeders.

His brothers Alain, Fernand, and Kalonji, as well as his cousin, Tim Biakabutuka all played professional football.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Kashama went undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft and signed with the Cleveland Browns on May 19, 2004. He was released on June 2 before being re-signed on July 6. On July 21, he was released for the second and final time.[2]

Hamilton tiger catsEdit

Kashama signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on August 9, 2004. He played in two games with Hamilton in 2004, with his debut coming on August 19 against the Ottawa Renegades.[2] He suffered a leg injury on Labour Day that forced him to miss the rest of the season.[3] During his two years in Hamilton, Kashama played in ten games and recorded four tackles which were the only ones of his career.[2][4]

Winnipeg Blue BombersEdit

Kashama signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. During the Blue Bombers 2006 training camp, he was noted for his hard hits on offensive players.[5][6] He was released by Winnipeg on June 10, 2006.[7]

Calgary StampedersEdit

He originally signed with the Calgary Stampeders during the 2007 offseason before being released after training camp.[8] On June 1, 2008, Kashama re-signed with Calgary[9] and was a final cut on June 22, 2008.[10]

PersonalEdit

Kashama is the brother of current Stampeders players Alain and Fernand Kashama.[11] His cousin is also ex-National Football League running back Tim Biakabutuka.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://ottawacitizen.com/sports/football/cfl/kalonji-kashama-next-in-line-for-football-family
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "#95 Hakeem Kashama". Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club. http://www.ticats.ca/page/all-time-roster-hakeem-kashama. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  3. Lefko, Perry (June 3, 2005). "Team goes with youth movement". The Toronto Sun (Slam! Sports). http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Hamilton/2005/06/03/1069608.html. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  4. "CFL.ca". Canadian Football League. https://www.cfl.ca/roster/show/id/326. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  5. Penton, Kirk (May 31, 2006). "Blue Bombers Notes". Winnipeg Sun (Slam! Sports). http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Winnipeg/2006/05/31/1607878-sun.html. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  6. Penton, Kirk (May 30, 2006). "Blue Bomber Notes". Winnipeg Sun (Slam! Sports). http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Winnipeg/2006/05/30/pf-1605946.html. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  7. Ralph, Dan (June 10, 2006). "Bombers cut Onterrio Smith". Slam! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/News/2006/06/10/1624848-cp.html. Retrieved 2009-07-01.[dead link]
  8. "Le couperet tombe à Calgary; Lapointe libéré" (in French). LCF.ca. http://www.lcf.ca/article/le_couperet_tombe__agrave____calgary__lapointe_lib_eacute_r_eacute_. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  9. "Browner off, Kashama on". Calgary Stampeders. June 1, 2008. http://www.stampeders.com/news_blogs/stamps_blog/?id=44. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  10. Cameron, Allen (June 22, 2008). "Stamps cuts claim veterans". Calgary Herald. http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/sports/story.html?id=051a96f9-f1d0-4605-a9ae-cbd971361c47&p=2. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  11. Forde, Duane (April 25, 2008). "Forde: All you need to know about the CFL Draft". TSN.ca. https://www.tsn.ca/columnists/duane_forde/?id=235765. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  12. "Montreal's Alain Kashama Among the Canadians Battling For Roster Spots As Training Camp Begins". Slam! Sports. July 22, 2004. http://www.canoe.ca/NFLCanadaNews04/0722.html. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
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