Clermont Helped Put Rams on University Football Map
Brian Swane, Special to Canada West
There was no past or precedent. Neither a legacy to live up to, nor
a reputation to rely on.
The slate was blank.
Jason Clermont and the Regina Rams were writing their own
prologue. And what a tale it would be.
In 1999, the Rams made an unprecedented jump from the Prairie
Football Conference to the university gridiron, o cially becoming
the sixth football team in Canada West.
Clermont, a 21-year-old slotback who had re-written the
Canadian Junior Football League record book over three years
with the Rams, was at the outset of one of the great careers in
recent Canadian football history. The Rams were coming o backto
back Canadian Bowl championships.
They landed with a thud.
“We got our (butts) handed to us that rst year,” the Regina
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native says. “We were 0-8.”
Clermont packed his cleats away for good a few years ago after
a 10-year pro career, and became a full-time real estate agent,
settling with his family in Regina. Memories a generation old
lurk around every corner, not that the three-time All-Canadian
minds the least if his newest client wants to reminisce about
those early days.
“The years when I played junior were great, but those years when
we played in the university and CIS, the way that community and
university got behind us was outstanding,” the now 39-year-old
father says. “I would wish upon all of my kids to be part of a team
and an atmosphere like that.”
The Rams’ second year at the university level epitomized all
Clermont recalls so fondly.
Facing a do-or-die scenario in the 2000 regular season nale,
Regina hinted at what was to come with a clutch 28-20 victory at
Alberta to punch its playo ticket.