Written by Devon Platana
Cameron Legault has always excelled in football, whether that was at the varsity level or the professional level.
His wife, Virginia Legault, thought it was about time that Cameron was recognized not only for his accomplishments on the gridiron, but also for his contributions after his playing career as a coach for youth sports.
“I nominated him [Cameron] because he’s the most selfless person I’ve ever met, especially with coaching. He always takes it to the other level and makes sure that the kids have the most amazing experience,” says Virginia.
She didn’t know Cameron when he was at Carleton, but she says that every teammate of his that she spoke to, whether they were from his university or professional days, all had great things to say about him.
“It [words to describe Cameron] was always, ‘an excellent teammate,’ ‘a leader,’ and ‘a gentleman,’” says Virginia. “There’s a lot of respect out there for him and I’m very proud.”
When Cameron first heard that he was being inducted into the Ravens Hall of Fame, despite being surprised at first, he says that it made him “happy and proud” to join past Ravens athletes.
“I know a couple of guys that are up there [in the Hall of Fame] already as far as football goes,” says Cameron. “I thought it was pretty special and awesome for myself.”
As a Raven, Cameron was a 1st Team All-Canadian player and even was the Ravens Athlete of the Year.
While he says that his induction instantly brought a lot of memories, it was more so specific moments with teammates that Cameron remembered as opposed to specific games.
“Scott Hamilton giving me a little nod on the bus to my first Panda Game, saying ‘You’re going to be okay kid,” when you’re all nervous for a game,” says Cameron. “Having a guy like Jason Kralt walk you through a whole bunch of stuff to keep you in the sport and to show you what it’s like to be a pro at that level.”
Cameron went on to play in the Canadian Football League, being drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in 1999. He then joined the B.C. Lions and won the 88th Grey Cup before winning the 2001 Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy, the award given to the West Division’s most outstanding Canadian player.
Cameron says that his time as a Raven prepared him for his professional success.
“[At Carleton] I learned how to defeat and face and to get beat by tons of guys with tons of skill, and that got me ready for the next level,” he says, adding that his coaches were instrumental in making sure he had a good attitude and that his grades stayed high enough to allow him to continue playing football.
At the end of the day, Cameron says that this whole Hall of Fame reflection has reminded him about the importance of how fortunate he was to have that kind of football career.
“I really took it on myself when I went pro to make sure to play for yourself and play for those who aren’t lucky enough to be in the shoes I’m in,” says Cameron. “Part of it is skill, part of it is luck, being in the right place at the right time.”
“I can’t thank my teammates enough at Carleton, the coaches, the different positional coaches, and everyone who had an influence.”