Richmond, Virginia will always be a part of the history of the Canadian Football League's newest franchise, the Ottawa Redblacks.
The Redblacks completed the first mini-camp, and team practices, in team history today at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, the first steps for this the third CFL franchise to call the Nation's Capital of Canada home. The Ottawa Rough Riders played from 1958 to 1996, while the Ottawa Renegades lasted four seasons in the mid 2000's.
Excitement is high in Ottawa, with 14,000 season tickets sold, 18,000 of the available 24,000 taken for the team's first-ever home game on July 18th, the third week of the 2014 season.
Below, hear from two Redblacks with Virginia ties:
--Quarterback Henry Burris, who played collegiately at Temple and fondly remembers his battles with Virginia Tech in the former Big East football conference, talks to HCS Media Network about his position as a leader, both on and off the field, for the newest CFL franchise.
WATCH the interview with Burris BY CLICKING HERE!
--Defensive Back Seth Williams was a part of the 2008 National Championship for the Richmond Spiders! Williams is excited for a fresh start with Ottawa, especially coming off a serious ankle injury that cost him his 2013 season after two years with Montreal.
WATCH the interview with Williams BY CLICKING HERE!
Best wishes to the Ottawa Redblacks in their inaugural CFL season! Their schedule is available HERE.