FAIRMONT – Former Fairmont State defensive end and West Virginia native Quincy Redmon inked a deal with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League on Saturday night.
Redmon was a four-year starter at defensive end for the Falcons, tallying 169 tackles and 18.5 sacks before suffering a season-ending injury midway through his senior year.
He garnered all-Mountain East Conference honors his final three seasons, with the 2016 season his most successful. He would tally 53 tackles and 12 sacks during the campaign, and was named first-team All-Super Region 1, an honorable mention D2 All-American, was MEC Defensive Player of the Year and a Cliff Harris Award finalist.
After finishing his collegiate career, Redmon was signed as an undrafted free agent by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, but was cut by the club at the end of the preseason. The opportunity with the Eskimos is his first professional opportunity since his stint in Miami.
“Since I’ve been released, I had a few other workouts with other teams, and the thing I heard back most is that I was small for my position. I made it known from that day forward that a coach would never call me small again,” Redmon said during an interview with WCBC in Cumberland (Md.).
“I put my head to the sky and I grinded every day. I got with a trainer...he took me under his wing and developed me, and ever since then 365 we’ve been in the gym seven days a week just not knowing what to expect.”
The Eskimos finished the 2019 season 9-11, advancing to the CFL Divisional Finals in the postseason before bowing out to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. According to Redmon, the offer from Edmonton came with little notice, and he credits his agent for hunting down the opportunity.
“It really came out of thin air. I’ve been pursuing just anything — I just need the opportunity to get film back out there, and my agent and management team stayed hard to it. He called me and said, hey, you’re going to Canada,” Redmon told WCBC.
Redmon becomes the second former Fairmont State player to make his way to the CFL this offseason — his former teammate Fabian Guerra signed with Montreal earlier this winter.
“Fairmont State to Canada! Congrats to my brother inking with the Edmonton Eskimos,” Guerra tweeted on Sunday.
Redmond calls Keyser his hometown, and played his prep football across the border at Bishop Walsh High School in Maryland.