Antigonish, NS – A pair of recent X-Men Football alumni recently inked professional contracts with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders. Offensive lineman Jonathan Zamora and kicker/punter Keiran Burnham were among six Stampeders draft picks who signed contracts on January 21st.
Both were drafted by the Stamps in the 2020 Draft, the only X-Men to hear their names called. Zamora was selected 26th overall in the third round, while Burnham was the 61st overall pick in the seventh round.
Jonathan Zamora, a native of Mississauga, Ont. played four seasons with the X-Men, appearing in 31 games at either centre or guard. The 6'3", 319-lbs lineman was a three-time consecutive AUS offensive all-star (2017, 2018 and 2019) and was the X-Men's 2019-20 Lineman of the Year. He was a key part of StFX's conference championship squads in 2016 and 2019 and earned recognition as a 2018 U SPORTS second team All-Canadian. Jon was selected to the U SPORTS East West Bowl in 2019.
Keiran Burnham, a Cambridge, Ont. native, suited up for 32 career games over four seasons as a kicker/punter with the X-Men, starting in all games for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. The 6'2", 174-lbs kicker left a mark on the X-Men record book as tops in career punting yards with 9002. He is also third overall in total punts with 234. Burnham was a 2019 U SPORTS second team All-Canadian and a three-time AUS special teams all-star (2016, 2018, 2019). During his final season in 2019, Burnham booted a conference-high 52 times, averaging 42.8 yards and was named StFX's top special teams player in both 2019-20 and 2018-19.