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Matt Kirk
№: --     Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Date of birth: June 30, 1981 (1981-06-30) (age 28)
Place of birth: Kingston, Ontario
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: Non-import
Position(s): DT
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 250 lb (110 kg)
Jersey №:
University: Queen's
CFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 38
 As player:
Ottawa Renegades
BC Lions
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Playing stats at

Matt Kirk (born on June 30, 1981) is a Canadian football defensive tackle for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Ottawa Renegades in the 2004 CFL Draft. He played CIS Football at Queen's.

Kirk has also played for the BC Lions.

Early years

Kirk was born in Kingston, Ontario and was an active and talented athlete, playing hockey, rugby, and track and field. His hockey career included being drafted in the 11th round of the 1997 OHL Draft by the Peterborough Petes. His focus would soon change to football though, where he won 4 high school football championships at La Salle Secondary School (2 with the junior team, 2 with the senior team).[1]

Kirk, also known by many as BGK, attended Queen's University studying Sociology/Health and played football for the Queen's Golden Gaels from 2001 to 2004. He started every game at defensive end in 2001 and had 2 sacks. In 2002, Kirk started every game at defensive end. On September 7, 2002, he had 1 sack for a 6 yard loss. In playoff action against the Western Mustangs he had 8 solo tackles. He also recorded Queen's only sack of the Yates Cup game. In 2003, he switched to the defensive tackle position and was named an OUA First Team All-Star. He also earned Canadian Interuniversity Sport Second Team All-Canadian honours and won the J. P. Metras Trophy as the CIS lineman of the year.[2] In 2004, he repeated as an OUA First Team All-Star.

Professional career

Kirk was drafted by the Ottawa Renegades in the fifth round of the 2004 CFL Draft and played 13 games of the 2005 CFL season, recording 3 tackles and 13 special teams tackles.[3] He was selected by the BC Lions 14th overall in the second round of the 2006 Ottawa dispersal draft and was also a member of the BC Lions' 94th Grey Cup championship team.[1]

On February 17, 2009, Kirk signed as a free agent with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[4]




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