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Former Football: U of L Standout, Kyries Hebert is on the Pro Bowl Ballot - voting info included

Posted on Athletic Network News November 19, 2009
Sent by Heather Alexander, President/Owner, The P.R.O.S., LLC.,
www.experiencethepros.com


As one of the hardest working players in the NFL and Bengal’s Special Teams captain, Kyries is on the ballot for the second time in a row for being one of the fiercest tacklers on Defense and
Special Teams!

Even though he holds the franchise record for most tackles on special teams in a single season and had the stats to be in the Pro Bowl last year, unfortunately he did not receive enough votes from fans. So, vote at www.nfl.com/probowl under the special team category as many times as you can before balloting closes which will be on Monday, December 21 following the
conclusion of Monday Night Football.

The teams will be announced at 3 p.m. (CT) Tuesday, December 29 on a special NFL Total Access 2010 Pro Bowl Selection Show on NFL Network.

In addition, Kyries Hebert is bringing the NFL to the Acadiana community April 3-4, 2010! The Kyries Hebert JockSmart SportsFest will include current NFL players and coaches in a weekend
with 3 on 3 Basketball, 5 on 5 Flag Football, a football clinic, a concert by Keith Frank and a banquet with an appearance fromrecording artist, New Cupid.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the
Eunice High School Athletic Fund, the Kyries Hebert Scholarship Fund and the Ragin' Cajun Athletic Foundation JockSmart Scholarship Fund.

Sponsors or fans who would like to be involved, email kyrieshebertjocksmartsportsfest@live.comfor further information.

Kyries Hebert Bio

2009 HIGHLIGHTS: Second-year pro, voted by teammates as special teams captain, has played in Games 1-8, logging seven special-teams tackles (tied for second on team) …

One tackle on defense ... Selected by Bengals coaches as team’s special teams player for fans’ Pro Bowl ballot ...

On Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, had his first tackle of the season on defense, along with one special-teams stop …Tied for team lead with two special-teams tackles in Nov. 8 win vs. Baltimore, and he downed a punt at Ravens one-yard line in second quarter ... Led Bengals last season with 23 special teams stops ...Played in all four ’09 preseason games, with five tackles.

PREVIOUS NFL EXPERIENCE: 2008 - Signed with Bengals as free agent on Jan. 2 ...

His 16games played included starts in Games 13-14, as he subbed due to injuries ...

Had a fumble recovery Sept. 14 vs. Tennessee, after Titans punter Craig Hentrich was unable to handle snap in third quarter ...

Recorded four special-teams tackles Sept. 21 at N.Y.Giants ...

Led team in special-teams tackles (three) Sept. 28 vs. Cleveland ...

Led in special-teams tackles (three) Oct. 12 at N.Y. Jets ...

Tied for lead in special-teams tackles (two) Oct. 19 vs. Pittsburgh, and led with three special-teams stops Nov. 16 vs.Philadelphia ...

On Nov. 30 vs. Baltimore, recorded his first defensive statistics of season, with two tackles, and also had one special-teams tackle ...

On Dec. 7 at Indianapolis, started at SS and tied for team lead in defensive tackleswith 10,including a long sprint to catch Colts WR Marvin Harrison at four-yard line ...

On Dec. 14 vs. Washington, registered six tackles in his second start, and tied team lead for special-teams tackles with two.

2005 - Signed Jan. 31 as free agent with Tampa Bay ... Waived by Bucs on March 2.

2004 - Not with an NFL team. 2003 - Re-signed with Houston on March 20, and waived

(injury settlement) on July 29. 2002 - Signed with Minnesota as college free agent on April 25 ... Waived on Sept. 1 ... Signed Dec. 18 to Houston practice squad ... Signed Dec. 24 to Houston's 53-player roster, and was gameday inactive for season finale,Dec. 28 vs. Indianapolis.

CFL EXPERIENCE: 2007 - Had 53 tackles and three INTs for Winnipeg team that lost to

Saskatchewan in Grey Cup game ... Also had five sacks for defense that ranked No. 2 in league in fewest yards allowed. 2006 - Acquired by Winnipeg on waivers on April 19 ...

Did not join the team until season's fifth game, but started 12 of the final 14 contests ...

Logged 34 tackles with two sacks, plus 23 special-teams tackles. 2005 - Led Ottawa with 66 tackles on defense and shared the league lead in special-teams stops (29) ...

Also had three INTs, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one sack. 2004 -

Played in all 18 games for Ottawa, recording 56 tackles on defense and 27 on special teams.

COLLEGE: Led Louisiana-Lafayette in tackles for each of his three seasons (1999- 2001), posting totals of 99, 88 and 83 ... Played in every game over the three campaigns...

Made position switch from WR to FS during fall drills in 1999 ...

Redshirted as a freshman in 1998.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Lafayette, La. … Attended Eunice High School, where he
competed in football, basketball and track … Active in community service, he has worked to organize fundraisers for breast cancer research … Name is pronounced

“KYE-riss AY-bear.”


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Football: Hebert returns to play in CFL

July 18, 2006 -
Eunice, UL product hits field again following legal obstacles.

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

Kyries Hebert played a Canadian Football League game Saturday, and that was news.
The former Eunice High and UL standout had a pass knockdown, a tackle and a special teams tackle in his debut with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He also had an interception in the fourth quarter overturned on an instant-replay review, one that was apparently controversial.

It came in a 44-16 loss to the Montreal Alouettes, a game which kept Montreal unbeaten (4-0) and snapped a three-game win streak for the Bombers (3-2).

But for Hebert, the score and the records didn't mean as much as his return to the field, after months of legal wrangling involving contracts, waivers, felony and misdemeanor charges and immigration problems.
"It felt good, man, like a million bucks," said Hebert, who missed the Bombers' first four games with those legal problems. "I wasn't rusty. I'm 25 ... when you're that age, football is just like riding a bike."

One week ago, it appeared Hebert might have to ride that bike all across the U.S.-Canada border.

He spent a week in Grand Forks, N.D., and made a second trip to Los Angeles for an immigration interview after being turned away at the Canadian border on July 3 and 4.

That denial stemmed from felony charges in a domestic dispute with his wife in January. Hebert eventually pled guilty to two misdemeanors and paid a $1,200 fine and court costs, but Canadian immigration officials deemed him "a risk to re-offend" despite the fact that several American players with pending felony charges are playing in the CFL.

He was finally allowed into the country on July 8, arriving in Winnipeg late that night, and put on a number 23 jersey for the first time with the Bombers last week.

Winnipeg picked up Hebert on waivers in April, but Hebert appealed the move because of a pending NFL offer. The parties finally settled on a two-year contract with an option year, prior to his immigration woes.

"I put that jersey on, it was like Superman coming out of the phone booth," Hebert said. "This team's going to get everything I have. I'm just happy to get all this done, and I'm going to leave it all out there on the field for these guys."

Winnipeg is second in the Eastern Division and is tied for the second-best record in the CFL going into a Thursday 9 p.m. (CDT) contest against the Edmonton Eskimos.

"We've got a really good team, a really good defense," Hebert said. "I still believe in all these guys that are surrounding me. We're going to do a lot of great things for the rest of this season.

"I don't think this one game is going to define this team. I can't wait to get on the field again and get a chance to redeem ourselves."

Originally published July 18, 2006


Football: Hebert banned from Canada

July 09, 2006 -
Former UL standout seeks to cross border to play in CFL.

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

Kyries Hebert has found the going tough in the Canadian Football League - literally.
The former University of Louisiana standout can't go ... can't cross the border ... can't report to Winnipeg to join the Blue Bombers team, with whom he signed a three-year deal two weeks ago.

Hebert was denied entry into Canada last Sunday and again on Monday after being charged with felony domestic abuse last January in Texas. Canadian immigration officials denied his entry into the country, based on what was termed "a risk to re-offend."

Both the Bombers and Hebert are appealing the decision, Hebert through his agent J. R. Rickert and the Winnipeg team through immigration lawyer Ken Zaifman.
While the legal matters are being addressed, the former Eunice High standout is waiting in a Grand Forks, N.D., hotel, just over two hours from Winnipeg.

"I can't say anything about anything that's going on," Hebert said. "I've been advised by the lawyers not to comment. I'm sorry."

In January, the 25-year-old former Cajun defensive back and a CFL veteran at roving linebacker faced felony charges after allegedly holding wife Kristina's head underwater during a bath, threatening her during an argument over a cell phone bill.

His wife chose not to take the case to trial, and the three felony charges were reduced to two misdemeanors after plea bargaining. Hebert was fined $1,200 and court costs, and the general consensus was that Hebert would be admitted into the country. Several American players with multiple pending charges, including felonies, have been granted permission to play in the CFL.

"Based on some people who have gotten into this country to work, I would hope it can get resolved," Bombers general manager Brendan Taman told Canada Sportsnet Football Insider. "But I don't know. It's really out of our control. It's in the hands of the government's people that deal with that, and I can't say too much about it."

Kristina, in fact, wrote a letter to the Bombers in support of Hebert. The letter was forwarded to Canadian immigration officials.

"It was a well-written letter," Taman said, "so if that doesn't help, nothing will."

Hebert led the CFL in special teams tackles in 2005 for the Ottawa Renegades, but that team was dissolved and Hebert was not selected in the league's dispersal draft of players because of doubts about his legal status. Before the team was dissolved, Ottawa had signed Hebert to a five-year contract which would have made him one of the CFL's highest-paid players.

Winnipeg claimed Hebert on waivers, but Hebert asked the Bombers to release him so he could finalize details on signing a free-agent contract with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals. Hebert, who had been on training camp rosters of the Minnesota Vikings and the Houston Texans, finally signed the three-year deal (two years plus an option year) with the Bombers in late June.

Taman said if Hebert cannot get into Canada, the Bombers would release him from his contract and he would be free to pursue offers with U.S. leagues.

Hebert was a three-year letterman from 1999-2001 with the Ragin' Cajuns and ranks second all-time in career tackles by a defensive back with 270 in three seasons. He led UL in tackles in each of his three playing seasons and was a two-time All-Louisiana selection.

Hebert was a Class 4A All-State selection for Eunice at free safety and helped lead the Bobcats to a 14-1 record and the state finals in his senior year in 1997.

Originally published July 9, 2006
Cross Country, Track & Field - (M&W):  2000
Football:  1999, 2001


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