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Jermarcus Hardrick

Jermarcus "Yoshi" Hardrick (born May 30, 1990) is an offensive lineman for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.[1] He won the 107th Grey Cup with the Bombers, defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 in 2019. Hardrick was named a CFL West All-star during the 2017 season,[2] and played college football for Nebraska.[3] Hardrick started a trend for home games at IG Field when the lineman, weighing 314 pounds (142 kg),jumped into the stands following a touchdown during the 2016 season, the crowd celebration would become known as the "Hardrick Hop" or "Hardrick Leap".[4]

Jemarcus Hardrick
No. 51     Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Born: (1990-05-30) May 30, 1990 (age 29)
Batesville, Mississippi
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Position(s)Offensive lineman
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight311 lb (141 kg)
CollegeFort Scott Community College, University of Nebraska
High schoolSouth Panola High School
Career history
As player
2012New Orleans Saints
2013Utah Blaze
2014BC Lions
2015Tampa Bay Storm
2015Saskatchewan Roughriders
2016–presentWinnipeg Blue Bombers
Career highlights and awards
CFL West All-Star2017
Career stats


Hardrick was born and grew up in the small town of Courtland, Mississippi, population 350. The town was very small and did not have a lot of opportunity for its residents, the town had no paved roads, aside from the highway, and most residents lived in trailers.[5] His birth father went to prison when Hardrick was three, he had fathered 17 children in Courtland with different women, and was rarely seen in his life.[5] Hardrick's best friend growing up was a boy name Mario Lewis, because the two were always together, people began calling Hardrick "Yoshi", a reference to characters from the Super Mario World game, the two would later find out they were half-brothers.[5] He met his wife Samantha at the University of Nebraska where she was competing as a track athlete, together they have three children.[5]


  1. ^ "Jemarcus Hardrick". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  2. ^ "Seven Bombers on West all-star team". Winnipeg Free Press. November 8, 2017. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  3. ^ "Former Huskers' Jermarcus "Yoshi" Hardrick Fulfills Dream, Becomes First-Generation Graduate". Retrieved 2019-11-30.
  4. ^ Judy Owen (September 21, 2016). "Hulking offensive linemen find unique way to celebrate during Bombers' surge". CBC Manitoba. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  5. ^ a b c d Ed Tait (May 7, 2019). "Long Read: The Other Side of Jermarcus Hardrick". Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Retrieved 2019-11-30.

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