Canadian Football League

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Ottawa signs veteran Canadian Football League Players.

The Ottawa Renegades continued to add depth and experience to their secondary, announcing Tuesday that a pair of veteran defensive backs were signed by the football club.
George McCullough, who has been with the Renegades since the team’s 2002 expansion season, and Bo Lewis, who spent the past seven years with the B.C. Lions, have inked deals with Ottawa. McCullough has played both cornerback and halfback during his time in Ottawa, while Lewis is primarily a halfback.
“We are excited about both of these guys being Renegades this season,” said Joe Paopao, head coach and general manager of the team. “George brings stability and has a great understanding of what it takes to be a pro player. I’ve always respected his attitude and know what he will bring to the table. We’re really pleased to add Bo to our roster. He brings a wealth of experience and has played in a lot of big games. He’s played in two Grey Cup’s, won one and has been an all-star player.”
Lewis’ championship appearances came in 2000, as part of the winning Lions team, and last fall’s B.C. club that was a finalist to Toronto. Two years after his first title win, he was named to the 2002 CFL West All-Star Team – the same season he had a career high 48 tackles. With over 10 interceptions in his career, Lewis recovered last year from an injury suffered late in 2003 to post a solid campaign. The native of Mississippi was second in the Lions in fumble recoveries in 2004 with two, bringing one back for a touchdown, while also registering 42 tackles and a pair of sacks.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound product of Jackson State University is 30.
McCullough, also 30, was a 41-game, six-season NFL veteran (Tennessee and San Francisco), before finding a home in Ottawa. The graduate of Baylor University arrived mid-way through the team’s inaugural season and has not looked back. He started in 10 of the 11 games he played in 2004 (shoulder injury kept him out) and continued to improve as the season went on. The Galveston, Texas native returned an interception for a touchdown against Saskatchewan on Oct. 9 and followed that up the next week in Hamilton by making six tackles, while batting down two passes.
Lewis and the 5-foot-10, 187-pound McCullough become teammates for the second time. They were both on the NFL’s Tennessee Titans for a short time in 1998.


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