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St. Francis’ Lorenzo Jerome (22) returns a punt against Montana on Sept. 3, 2016, in Missoula, Mont.

CALGARY, Alberta – Former St. Francis defensive back Lorenzo Jerome has made the official roster with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

Jerome will be with the team when the Stampeders kick off the 2019 regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday, when they play host to the Ottawa Redblacks.

Jerome will wear No. 49 for Calgary, which is the same number he wore when he played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2017.

In Calgary’s two preseason games, Jerome made two tackles and had a forced fumble while adding a 39-yard kickoff return. The Stampeders are coming off a 14-5 season in 2018 where they won the 106th Grey Cup over the Ottawa Redblacks.

The Florida native last played for the Seattle Seahawks during their preseason camp in 2018, and was one of the final roster cuts to the 53-man roster. In 2017, Jerome played in four games with the 49ers after signing as an undrafted free agent and making the opening 53-man roster. In four games, Jerome made three tackles, including two solo. 

With his appearance against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, he became the first St. Francis player to appear in an NFL regular season game since Joe Restic played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1952.

Jerome was a decorated defensive back as he earned All-America honors as a junior and senior as a safety and kick returner. He also became the NEC’s first ever four-time first-team selection. Jerome’s 18 career interceptions rank second all-time in SFU and NEC history. He became the first player in program and conference history to earn invitations to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. He was the MVP of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after recording two interceptions and followed with a two-interception performance at the Senior Bowl.