December 11, 2023


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Cauz: Impact gamers with brief-lived CFL careers

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Cauz: Impact gamers with brief-lived CFL careers

“We’re here for a good time
Not a lengthy time
So have a superior time
The sunshine cannot shine every single day.”

All those are the smart terms of Canadian poet ‘Trooper.’

I assumed of that sage guidance when I was remembering Nathan Rourke slinging passes deep to Dominique Rhymes and Keon Hatcher as I viewed the information of his signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. We all understood early on he would get his very well-deserved opportunity down south it was actually just a make any difference of time. Nathan used two several years up here, 1 as a starter for the BC Lions, and in that time, he built these kinds of an effect.

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In honour of his very good/not extensive time up below, I have absent back again and place a listing jointly of other tremendous players who also had a unforgettable impact prior to shifting on. As the king of self-imposed regulations that I generally maintain they could only have put in a greatest of a few seasons in Canada and I’m heading to limit it to the past 15 yrs.

Rocket Ismail: 1991-92
Did you genuinely assume I would not incorporate a person of the critical athletes who turned me on to the CFL? I will hold this one fast and then go on to far a lot more latest players, I promise. In his rookie time, Rocket exceeded all expectations that were by now sky significant with 1,300 acquiring yards, more than 3,000 total yards and concluded the yr successful Gray Cup MVP. His departure a time afterwards surely was not the prettiest, but he entertained an whole town that very first time.

Chris Streveler: 2018-19
On the discipline, Streveler handed and ran for 41 touchdowns in only 35 games above two seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. His unorthodox passing fashion and fearlessness as a runner created him just can’t pass up Tv as he did his fur coat/no shirt combination for the team’s Grey Cup celebrations. He was fun to observe on the field and I picture even more entertaining off of it.

Cameron Wake: 2007-08
Every single Western quarterback need to have been performing backflips when they identified out this go dashing terror was heading to Miami soon after the 2008 season. In 2007 he turned the to start with participant to acquire each Most Outstanding Rookie and Most Outstanding Defensive Player in the identical period. The subsequent time observed Wake seize again-to-back Most Fantastic Defensive Participant awards, an accomplishment we have not witnessed due to the fact Joe Montford in 2001. In 36 profession CFL game titles Wake racked up 39 sacks!


Cory Boyd: 2010-12
In his initially two decades with the Toronto Argonauts, Boyd had consecutive 1,000 yards seasons averaging a gaudy 6 yards a have and creating All-Star teams in both of those years. Alas, like so lots of terrific jogging backs, injuries would prematurely end his job as he would split time concerning Toronto and Edmonton in 2012, his remaining year in the CFL.

Brett Jones: 2013-14
Seldom would any person say offensive linemen are “memorable.” It is not fair but hey, it will come with the placement. In Jones’ scenario, he caught out as the commencing centre for a Calgary workforce that went 29-7 and gained the 2014 Gray Cup in the course of Jones’ two-yr tenure. In that time the former Regina Rams star won Most Exceptional Rookie in 2013 and then topped that with currently being named the CFL’s Most Excellent Offensive Lineman in 2014.

Brandon Zylstra: 2016-17
We all bought a trace about how excellent the previous Edmonton large receiver could be in his rookie period when he throttled the Argonauts secondary with 11 receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-16 victory. Then came his breakout 2017 campaign when he led the league with 1,687 yards, around 200 far more than his closest competitor.

Alex Singleton: 2016-18
In his a few several years as a member of the Calgary Stampeders, Alex hardly ever missed a match and averaged over 100 tackles a period. Soon after a productive rookie calendar year, Alex took off in 2017 successful Most Remarkable Defensive Player. Plus, in his final sport with the Stamps he led the crew in tackles encouraging defeat the Ottawa REDBLACKS in the 106th Gray Cup, not a bad way to conclude a brief but, like every person else on this listing, an illustrious job.

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