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Monday, September 18, 2017

TICATS SIGN FANTUZ

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Monday that the football club has signed national wide receiver Andy Fantuz to a practice roster agreement. Over the last four months, Fantuz has been serving as the team’s Coordinator of Player Development while rehabilitating a torn ACL suffered on October 28, 2016.

Fantuz, 33, was the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2016 after posting 101 receptions for 1,059 yards and five touchdowns in 17 games with the Tiger-Cats. The 6-4, 218-pound receiver became the first player in Tiger-Cats franchise history to record 100 receptions in a single season, surpassing that mark on October 21 at Ottawa. He finished the season ranked fifth in CFL receptions (101) and receiving targets (128) despite missing the final regular season game and playoffs with a torn ACL.

The Chatham, Ontario native has appeared in 145 CFL games with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2006-11) and Tiger-Cats (2012-16), recording 631 receptions for 8,308 yards and 44 touchdowns. He attended training camp with the NFL’s Chicago Bears in 2011 before returning to the CFL. In 2010, Fantuz was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian, and a CFL and West Division All-Star after catching 87 passes for 1,380 yards and six touchdowns. He has also played in five Grey Cup games, winning one (2007) and being named the game’s Most Outstanding Canadian twice (2007, 2014).

Fantuz was selected by the Riders with the third overall pick in the 2006 CFL Draft after a record-setting CIS career at Western. During his four years with the Mustangs, Fantuz set new CIS and OUA marks for career receiving yards (4,123), single-season receiving yards (1300 in 2002), career receptions (189) and career touchdown receptions (41).  He was the recipient of the Hec Crighton award as the top player in CIS football in 2005.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good for you Andy, I hope you can perform to your previous level!
Aside from that, GO RIDERS!

Anonymous said...

Good to see Andy back to play out the season before he retires! All the best Andy and team in defeating teams from the west (now that they are done with the Riders).

Anonymous said...

At 2-9 the title should read: Tiger-Cats Fire Fantuz as Director Player Development.

Anonymous said...

Agreed! Hope he is able to put in a good effort before his career ends! Durant unfortunately missed that opportunity!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I guess Jones isn't such an idiot anymore. Most of the players he released never even got signed by anyone else and look at all the others. Only Dressler is any good. Good on Weston. If he would have had a good agent, he likely would still be with Riders

Morgan said...

Oskee wee wees need some help!!!

Anonymous said...

They need Chris Jones

Bill Wilkinson said...

One more shot.

Anonymous said...

Uhhhh...Fantuz was long gone before Jones ever got here. This article has zero to do with Chris Jones, nice try though!

Anonymous said...

not saying Jones released Fantuz, I'm saying Cats need someone like Jones to right the ship like the Riders are doing