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Richard Leonard (Canadian football)

Richard Leonard (born September 2, 1991) is a professional gridiron football defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at FIU. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2016.

Richard Leonard
04, Richard Leonard, June 22, 2019.jpg
No. 4 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Position:Defensive back
Personal information
Born: (1991-09-02) September 2, 1991 (age 28)
Miami, Florida
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Killian High School
Career history
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at

High school careerEdit

Leonard attended Miami Killian High School, where he holds records in football and track and field.

College careerEdit

Leonard committed to FIU on September 30, 2009. With the Golden Panthers, he starred as both a cornerback and kick returner. He was named a first team All-Conference USA selection at cornerback and punt returner.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 8 in
(1.73 m)
175 lb
(79 kg)
4.39 s 4.33 s 6.92 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
18 reps
All values from Pro Day[1]

Houston TexansEdit

Leonard was not selected in the 2016 NFL Draft and signed a contract as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans on May 5, 2016. Leonard would suffer an injured hamstring and was waived on July 20, 2016. The Texans would release Leonard with an injury settlement on August 11, 2016.

Hamilton Tiger CatsEdit

On May 25, 2017, Leonard signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Leonard would go on to have an impressive rookie season with the Tiger Cats, recording 72 tackles, 7 interceptions and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown in his first game against the Toronto Argonauts. Leonard was named an East Division All-Star for 2017. He started 18 games at cornerback for the Tiger-Cats. He was named the team's Most Outstanding Rookie.


Leonard has a cousin, Jeremiah McKinnon, who currently plays cornerback for the New York Giants.


  1. ^ "Richard Leonard - Florida International, CB : 2016 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".