Alouettes Canadian RB Shaq Murray-Lawrence getting back to football after hit-and-run

Shaquille Murray-Lawrence was involved in a scary hit-and-run car accident but he’s ready to get back on the football field in Montreal.

The Canadian running back has signed a one-year deal with the Alouettes after beings on the wrong end of a crash in Vancouver last September.

“It was a tough year for my career, the car accident was a very traumatic experience. I never thought that I would be the victim of a hit and run on my way to football meetings,” Murray-Lawrence said. “The rehab has been a long and hard road, as I continue to get better. You don’t realize how much you love the game until it is taken away from you. I thank God that I was able to walk away from the accident. “

The Lions put him on their disabled list and then released him. He’s looking to prove he can still play pro football and that the accident hasn’t left any lingering damage. Murray-Lawrence was drafted in the third round, 23rd overall by B.C. in the 2015 CFL draft after running a blazing 4.41 electronic 40-yard time at the CFL combine that same year.

“I was injured when I ran a 4.4 at the combine, so I’ll be alright,” Murray-Lawrence said.
“In the summer of 2017, I was invited to compete for Team Canada for the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. They asked me to come out for bobsleigh team because of my past track background and my explosive speed. ”

B.C. released the 24-year-old after Week 1 in 2017 but brought him back a few weeks later. Murray-Lawrence had 10 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown, catching two passes for 24 yards and returning four kick-offs for 72 yards.

The five-foot-eight, 202-pounder played in 39 games over two seasons with the Leos, serving as the team’s primary kick return man in 2015 as a rookie. Murray-Lawrence has 60 kick-off returns for 1,288 yards (21.5 average) with a long of 66. The Scarborough, ON native saw time on offence, 47 carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns and 13 receptions for 73 yards.