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My son is in New Orleans at a conference. They had the Grey Cup game on at one of their meetings. The room was full of Canadians watching the game I wonder what the staff in the room wondered what they were watching? That might have been a top 5 Grey Cup game in the 109 year history of the Classic. Blocked punts, blocked fg's, runbacks for td's, sacks, raw emotion at the end of the game, forget the praising Jesus, that was all out fun to watch.

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5 minutes ago, 4petesake said:

 

 

 

 

I wonder if the workouts include how quickly he can read defenses?  Or are they just about arm strength and athletic ability?  I guess if he plays down there as even a third string guy (he is still very young) he will make way more money than he does up here.  Sad though, that the CFL will lose a great young talent.  Too bad there wasn't a way to somehow match the dollars he gets down there, but we just can't come even close.  

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3 hours ago, Alflives said:

I wonder if the workouts include how quickly he can read defenses?  Or are they just about arm strength and athletic ability?  I guess if he plays down there as even a third string guy (he is still very young) he will make way more money than he does up here.  Sad though, that the CFL will lose a great young talent.  Too bad there wasn't a way to somehow match the dollars he gets down there, but we just can't come even close.  

I don't think that the Lions could match if he makes a roster.  The minimum salary for a rookie this season is $705,000.  Next year it is $750,000.  His salary would go up from there.  Not a 100% sure what his compensation would be if he is only put on a practice squad, but he would likely make more than what he would make in the CFL.  Plus there is the chance he could make the active a roster, thus making the minimum salary.   Plus, he would achieve the goal of making an NFL roster.  A pretty big accomplishment. 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, thedestroyerofworlds said:

I don't think that the Lions could match if he makes a roster.  The minimum salary for a rookie this season is $705,000.  Next year it is $750,000.  His salary would go up from there.  Not a 100% sure what his compensation would be if he is only put on a practice squad, but he would likely make more than what he would make in the CFL.  Plus there is the chance he could make the active a roster, thus making the minimum salary.   Plus, he would achieve the goal of making an NFL roster.  A pretty big accomplishment. 

 

 

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And he’s a QB.  He could carry a clipboard and make 10 x more than he could make up here.  Losing the QBs has greatly hurt the CFL.  We used to get almost all the smaller guys.  Now we don’t get those.  And when we do ge5 a guy who’s pretty good, we lose him to an NFL practice roster.  

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33 minutes ago, Alflives said:

And he’s a QB.  He could carry a clipboard and make 10 x more than he could make up here.  Losing the QBs has greatly hurt the CFL.  We used to get almost all the smaller guys.  Now we don’t get those.  And when we do ge5 a guy who’s pretty good, we lose him to an NFL practice roster.  

Having a Canadian make the NFL may do wonders for our homegrown development down the road.  Think of how many more Canadians we are seeing in the NBA compared to 20 years ago.

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13 hours ago, King Heffy said:

Having a Canadian make the NFL may do wonders for our homegrown development down the road.  Think of how many more Canadians we are seeing in the NBA compared to 20 years ago.

I am not a NBA fan so don't know about it. Rourke played NCAA football. A 3rd string NFL QB minimum is $850,000 USD or $1,150,000  CDN. Many NFL 3QB make far more than that minimum. Bo Levi Mitchell's last contract was $700,000 CDN. Not sure but probably the highest in the CFL. 

 

Does Rourke comeback to the Lions even if they scrap up a Mitchel level contract? If his ambition is to play NFL can he get enough exposure as a 3rd stringer to get a pay raise and a move up the depth chart? We all saw how self confident he was this season. He has about 10 stops on his NFL tryout tour. Vegas, Denver, TBay ... 

I can certainly see him getting a number of offers which the Lions won't be able to match. It might come down to whether he wants to play another season with the Lions to win a CUP and by so doing improve his offers from the NFL. Let's hope so. The CFL and the Lions need Rourke in the worst way. Lots of empty seats. 

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Sad news for fans, great for BB. Congratulations and thanks for years of highlight catches, it’s been fun.

 

“I consider it a great honour to have spent my entire professional career with a great franchise that took a chance on me and believed in me from my first day strapping on the pads,” said Burnham from his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 “I was always told to find my passion in life and chase it. Football was always my passion. I realize now that I have new passions: my wife and these kids are my passion. That’s what I’m going to chase now. I have so much love for the city of Surrey, city of Vancouver, province and British Columbia and for all of Canada. The CFL gave me an opportunity to truly live out my childhood dream of being a professional football player.”

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Gurn said:

He will be missed.

I guess the injuries were starting to pile up on him, and has decided to retire while he still feels good.

 

Best of luck Brian.

 

He wants to focus on his family now according to what I've heard/read...

 

He was my favourite Lion for awhile now...will really miss him.

 

One day I was walking to a game and started chatting with this lovely woman walking beside me. Turns out it was his aunt...so I got the chance to pass along my sentiments through her.

 

He made some amazing catches. He will be missed.

 

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Sad news for Edmonton, and a family left behind:

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/curling/edmonton-elks-wide-receiver-saulsberry-dies-after-being-shot-in-memphis/ar-AA15olWS?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=a2c7d5223a54490fb975c40aa52901f6

Edmonton Elks wide receiver Christian Saulsberry was shot and killed in Memphis, the team announced Saturday.

 

Saulsberry had turned 25 on Monday. No other information was given about the incident. 

"First and foremost, our hearts go out to his family during this incredibly difficult time," the Elks said in a statement. "Our condolences are also extended to his friends, including the many teammates and coaches both here in Edmonton and elsewhere, that he impacted throughout his football career."

 

Saulsberry, a native of South Haven, Miss., played in eight games for Edmonton in 2022. 

The five-foot-eight player, known for his speed, was a two-time All Gulf South Conference selection at West Alabama, where he led the team with 1,223 all-purpose yards during his senior season in 2019. 

"Christian’s contributions to our football team both on the field and in our locker room were significant during his one season with the Green and Gold," the Elks said. "His positivity and energy for life will be dearly missed."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 17, 2022.

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