Richard Leonard
04, Richard Leonard, June 22, 2019.jpg
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Position:Defensive back
Personal information
Born: (1991-09-02) September 2, 1991 (age 30)
Miami, Florida
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Killian High School
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at

Richard Leonard (born September 2, 1991) is a professional gridiron football defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for the FIU Panthers. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2016.

High school career

Leonard attended Miami Killian High School, where he holds records in football and track and field.

College career

Leonard committed to FIU on September 30, 2009. With the Panthers, he starred as both a cornerback and kick returner. He was named a first team All-Conference USA selection at cornerback and punt returner.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 8 in
(1.73 m)
175 lb
(79 kg)
4.39 s 4.33 s 6.92 s 35 in
(0.89 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
18 reps
All values from Pro Day[1]

Houston Texans

Leonard was not selected in the 2016 NFL Draft and signed a contract as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans on May 5, 2016. Leonard would suffer an injured hamstring and was waived on July 20, 2016. The Texans would release Leonard with an injury settlement on August 11, 2016.

Hamilton Tiger Cats

On May 25, 2017, Leonard signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Leonard would go on to have an impressive rookie season with the Tiger Cats, recording 72 tackles, 7 interceptions and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown in his first game against the Toronto Argonauts. Leonard was named an East Division All-Star for 2017. He started 18 games at cornerback for the Tiger-Cats. He was named the team's Most Outstanding Rookie. Overall, he played in three seasons for the Tiger-Cats and appeared in 49 regular season games, recording 178 defensive tackles, 31 pass knockdowns, and 12 interceptions.

Calgary Stampeders

Upon becoming a free agent on February 11, 2020, Leonard signed with the Calgary Stampeders.[2] He re-signed with the team on December 14, 2020.[3] He became a free agent upon the expiry of his contract on February 8, 2022.[4]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (II)

On February 8, 2022, it was announced that Leonard had signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[5]


Leonard has a cousin, Jeremiah McKinnon, who currently plays cornerback for the New York Giants.


  1. ^ "Richard Leonard - Florida International, CB: 2016 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".
  2. ^ "Stamps add trio including All-Star DB Richard Leonard". Canadian Football League. February 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "Stamps re-sign DB Richard Leonard". December 14, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  5. ^ "Ticats sign DB Richard Leonard". Canadian Football League. February 8, 2022.