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Morris: Augustine capitalizing on opportunity to start

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Truth be told, football wasn’t Johnny Augustine’s first choice. Or even his second or third.

Growing up in Welland, Ont., Augustine’s first love was martial arts. He also played basketball, ran track and spent a summer in baseball.

“If I could go back in time I would probably do something with baseball,” said the Winnipeg Blue Bomber running back.

But football? No way.

“It’s crazy coming from a martial arts background, I just thought it was too violent,” said Augustine. “I didn’t like the fact I was being brought down to the ground. I just stayed away from it.”

Friends and coaches were insistent Augustine should give football a chance. He finally relented and his attitude toward the sport changed the first time he stepped on the field for a game.

“I remember I broke through on my second carry for 90 yards,” Augustine said. “That feeling of scoring and that feeling of your teammates rallying behind you was like no other. I just fell in love.”

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Despite his affection, football didn’t always return the love.

Even though he put up some good numbers in college, Augustine was overlooked in the 2017 CFL Draft. There were short stints with Edmonton and Saskatchewan........