10 People You Didn’t Know Played in the CFL

#8 – Eric Crouch

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It isn’t often that a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback doesn’t at least play one down behind center after being drafted to the NFL. Consider Crouch an anomaly. After an outstanding career at Nebraska and a further nod as the nation’s top QB, Crouch was drafted in the 3rd round by St. Louis in 2002, as a receiver. Injuries forced him to the sidelines and he never got in a game. In 2006, the Toronto Argonauts took a flyer and signed him. He was fourth on the depth chart, so getting a start seemed unlikely. But, lo and behold, the third stringer went down and Crouch got in a game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It would be his CFL legacy that he threw a 94-yard TD to Arland Bruce III to clinch the win.

# 7 – Andre Rison

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‘Bad Moon’ Rison, is one of few players to have won both a Super Bowl and a Grey Cup. His career in the CFL was unremarkable, other than his hyped signing by Toronto in 2004. The five-time NFL Pro Bowler was lured out of retirement by the Argos in August 2004, having last played for the Oakland Raiders in 2000. But, the guy who had over 10,000 yards receiving in the big league, mustered only 174 yards on 14 catches in six games. He was released after only one catch, and one game, in 2005. His best years in the NFL were with Atlanta, where he topped 80 catches in five seasons and tallied over 1,000 yards four out of five. He won the Super Bowl with Green Bay in 1996.

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