NFL: Nathan Rourke changes his mind
Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke is still not done showing his talents to NFL teams.
On Monday, TSN reported that the 24-year-old was set to return to Canada after playing with the Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos in recent weeks.
The center finally did a practice session in front of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. He will also have the opportunity to do sessions for the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals. Rourke will meet with those teams next week.
The native of Victoria is therefore very prominent among our neighbors to the south, after having been dominant in his first season as a starter for the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Despite missing several games with a foot injury, he had 3,349 yards and 25 touchdowns in 10 games. Rourke also completed 78.7% of his pass attempts, which is a Canadian league record.
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The quarterback has spent the last two seasons in the CFL, after having played for three seasons in the NCAA, notably with the Ohio Bobcats.
« I don’t know how many people know this, but I never had a real opportunity in the NFL, not as a quarterback, » Rourke said after the Lions were eliminated last November.
« It’s something I wanted. I wanted to at least try. I’m lucky to have this opportunity and see where it will take me. »
“If I have an opportunity there, so much the better. I have something good here though [au Canada] and I don’t mind coming back at all. [Je serais] very excited actually!”