Leeeeeeew: Ottawa kicker Lewis Ward inks contract extension with Redblacks

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed record-setting Canadian kicker Lewis Ward to a contract extension.

The Kingston, ON native has converted 90 percent of his field goal attempts so far in 2021, hitting 27-of-30. Through 12 games, Ward has produced a total of 93 points for the Redblacks

“Lewis Ward exemplifies what it means to be a Redblack,” interim general manager Jeremy Snyder said in a statement. “He works tirelessly at his craft and performs when called upon. We are excited to have Lewis in the fold for the 2022 season.”

After a record-breaking five-season career with the University of Ottawa GeeGees, Ward signed with the Redblacks in January of 2018.

He broke the CFL’s single-game field goals record in his rookie season with seven and set the professional football record for consecutive field goals made with 69. Ward became the first kicker to ever win the Most Outstanding Rookie award in 2018, finishing the season with an all-time best field goal accuracy mark of 98.1 percent.

Overall, the 29-year-old Ward has made 91.6 percent of his three-point attempts in 48 CFL games. He’s hit on 121-of-132 tries with a long of 56 yards.