SURREY, BC – If former BC Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke is trying his luck in the NFL, it’s in order to create a job there.
The 24-year-old from Victoria signed a standard rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday after training for a dozen NFL teams.
Rourke explained that he picked a team where he could come in and fight for No. 2 quarterback and be « one game away. »
Rourke, who is 6-foot-2 and weighs 209 pounds, is coming off a stellar CFL season where he generated 3,349 yards and 25 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 10 regular-season games. He added 304 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.
A foot injury that required surgery disrupted his campaign in August, but Rourke returned to action in the Lions’ final regular-season game and then led the team to a 30-16 win over the Stampeders Calgary in the Western Division semi-finals. British Columbia ultimately lost 28-20 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West Division final.
Rourke says his time in the CFL taught him how to be professional and ready every week, and he will continue to cheer on the Lions as a fan.