Strathmore High School defensive back Kaden Warren signed with the Calgary Colts on June 14.

The Calgary Colts are a CJFL football team that has had 33 of their players go pro since they first became a team in 1967. Kaden Warren says he's excited to be a part of the team.

"It's a huge accomplishment of mine. I'm glad to come over and make this a winning team," Warren said.

Calgary Colts coach Dennis Holowaychuk says he's excited to have Warren on the team, and that who he is off the field was just as important as his talent on it.

"Kaden's a tremendous young man. The last few years what we really tried to do with the Calgary Colts, we tried to get to the point where it's not only athletic ability we're looking for. We want the holistic approach, where our kids are complete people, we want to make sure we're developing good citizens as well as good football players. And Kaden fits that bill, he's a tremendous young man, very polite, hard-working, he has a lot of the characteristics that we're interested in, and quite frankly will lead you to having successful programs," Holowaychuk said.

Warren's former coach, Kyle Tucker from Strathmore High School, says his leadership especially stood out.

"Kaden is a natural born leader in the locker room. He gets along with everybody, is very personable with his teammates. He expects a lot out of his teammates, which is really good for a team that's striving for success," Tucker said.

As far as what Warren's role will be, Holowaychuk says it's up to him to show what he can do.

"Our philosophy is that we play the best 24 players. So if it ends up that you're 17 years old and you're better than our 21-year-old you're going to play. We try to keep it as competitive as we can so it will pretty much depend on him," Holowaychuk said.

It's a challenge Warren won't back down from; he said he's ready to work hard and show what he can do.

"I'm just going to go out and work as hard as I can, and try to either get a starting spot, a second spot, whatever I can get. As long as I'm playing, I'll be happy," Warren said.

Given Warren's success in Strathmore, Tucker believes Warren has all the tools to succeed at the next level.

"Kaden is a talented football player, he's incredibly smart and knows the game, and he is an incredibly hard worker," Tucker said.

While Warren is ready to make his impact felt, he added that he knows he has to prove that he's worth a roster spot.

"I just want to make them remember my name," Warren said.

The Colts partnered with the Calgary Stampeders to put on a four-week training camp starting on July 5th.

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