Canadian Football League

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Former Canadian Football League Player Sellers Signs 3-Year Deal.

Former North Thurston High School star Mike Sellers has signed a three-year contract to remain with the NFL's Washington Redskins.

"It's a great opportunity for Mike," Sellers' agent, Ken Austin, said Monday. "He wanted to stay with the Redskins, and they wanted him back. We expect great things from him in the upcoming seasons."
Sellers, a 29-year old tight end who lives in Lacey, was the state's offensive player of the year in 1992 as a senior at North Thurston.
"He still calls the Olympia-Lacey area home," Austin said. "He's in the community so much, it's just as if he never left."
Sellers, who could not be reached Monday for comment, played in all 16 games last year for the Redskins. He was second on the team with 29 tackles on special teams, and he caught one pass for 14 yards.
In 69 career NFL games, Sellers has 26 catches for 288 yards and six touchdowns. He also has played five seasons in the Canadian Football League.
After a standout career as a running back and linebacker at North Thurston, Sellers attended Walla Walla Community College.
He spent the 1993 season at Walla Walla, where he was an All-America linebacker, then he dropped out of school to help his ailing mother, Crystal.
Sellers sat out of football the following year, then was headed for Portland State, but he went to the CFL instead and at age 19 made the Edmonton Eskimos.
After three seasons in the CFL playing linebacker, tight end, fullback, defensive end and nose guard, Sellers signed with the Washington Redskins in 1998 as a free agent.
He played three seasons for Washington, then spent part of the 2001 season with the Cleveland Browns before being released.
After two years back in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Sellers rejoined the Redskins last season.


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