Kyries Hebert

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Kyries Hebert
No. --     Ottawa Redblacks
Born: (1980-10-09) October 9, 1980 (age 37)
Lafayette, Louisiana
Career information
Status Active
CFL status International
Position(s) LB/S
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
College Louisiana-Lafayette
Career history
As player
2002 Minnesota Vikings*
2002 Houston Texans
20042005 Ottawa Renegades
2005 Tampa Bay Buccaneers*
20062007 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2008–2010 Cincinnati Bengals
2010 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
20122017 Montreal Alouettes
2018–present Ottawa Redblacks
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 2012
CFL East All-Star 2012, 2017
Career stats
Tackles 582
Sacks 28
INTs 12

Kyries Hebert [KY-ris EH-bare] (born October 9, 1980) is a professional Canadian football linebacker/safety who is currently a member of the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Early years[edit]

Hebert attended Eunice High School in Eunice, Louisiana and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track & field. In track & field, he set the school record in the high jump.

College career[edit]

He attended college in Lafayette, Louisiana where he was a standout defensive back for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. In each of his three seasons between 1999 and 2001 he led the team in tackles made. He also played in every game during this period.

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

In April 2002, Hebert signed with the Minnesota Vikings. He was released in September at the end of training camp.

Houston Texans[edit]

Hebert was signed by the Houston Texans and was on the active roster for their final game of the 2002 season. He was released by the Texans in 2003.

Ottawa Renegades[edit]

Hebert then moved up North to Canada where he played in the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the Ottawa Renegades. He quickly became one of the most feared hitters and Special Teams players in the CFL. In December 2005, Hebert signed a controversial five-year contract with Ottawa that would have made him one of the highest paid defensive players in the CFL. However, the Ottawa organization folded and it appeared that Hebert was going to become a free agent and eligible to pursue the NFL. Because of that he signed a deal with Tampa Bay only to find out that Winnipeg was still able to pick him up on waivers.[1]

Hebert played in 34 games for the Renegades, in 2 seasons with the club. Hebert had 122 tackles, 57 special teams tackles, 1 sack, 5 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and scored 3 defensive touchdowns.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

In April 2006, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers claimed Hebert off waivers from Ottawa just as Hebert was about to sign a new contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. After appealing the claim with the CFL Players Association, Hebert agreed to a settlement contract for two years with Winnipeg. In the 2007 season, Hebert led defense helped Winnipeg reach the Grey Cup.

He played 33 games for the Blue Bombers over 2 seasons and made 86 tackles, 45 special teams tackles, with 7 sacks, 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries.

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

On December 31, 2007, Hebert signed a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was released by the Bengals on September 4, 2010.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

On October 20, 2010, He signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He played in two games making 4 tackles.

He was released during the following off-season on March 29, 2011.

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

On May 7, 2012, Hebert signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.[1][2] Hebert had strong 2012 and 2013 CFL seasons with the Alouettes. He contributed 48 tackles, 27 special teams tackles, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions in 2012; good enough to make him a CFL All-Star at the safety position. His 2013 season was arguably even more impressive as he set a career-high in tackles and sacks with 68 and 9 respectively. Despite this he was not recognized as an All-Star. On February 10, 2014, one day before the start of free-agency, Hebert signed a 3-year contract with the Alouettes. On June 28 2014, Hebert struck reigning Most Outstanding Player (MOP) Jon Cornish with an illegal high tackle, resulting in Cornish sustaining a severe concussion. Hebert received the maximum fine for the hit while Cornish never fully regained his MOP form and was forced to retire at the end of the 2015 season due to the injury. Hebert missed half of the 2015 season with an ankle injury.[3] Kyries Hebert played a full season in 2016 and set a career-high in tackles with 78. Hebert broke his 2016 record the following season, cracking the 100 tackle mark, finishing third in the league with 110. After the Alouettes made a series of additions on defensive at the start of 2018 free agency Hebert, age 37 at the time, requested his release; which was granted by the Als on February 16, 2018.[4]

Ottawa Redblacks[edit]

Only a couple hours after being released by the Alouettes Hebert signed with the Ottawa Redblacks (CFL). Hebert had played in Ottawa with the Renegades from 2004 to 2005.[5]

Philanthropy[edit]

On July 15, 2010 Kyries Hebert founded Ky Cares Foundation Inc. The mission of the foundation is to facilitate the relentless pursuit of success in the face of adversity so that youth may know that a person's circumstances do not dictate his or her destiny. They hold a yearly event where proceeds benefit struggling schools in Acadiana areas through scholarships and monetary donations. Past celebrity participants include Terrell Owens and Roman Harper.[6]

Hebert was the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Tom Pate Memorial Award. This honor goes to the player who demonstrates "outstanding sportsmanship and someone who has made a significant contribution to his team, his community and Association."

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