Canadian Football League

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Calgary re-acquires Canadian Football League rights to Gesser

The Calgary Stampeders acquired the rights to quarterback Jason Gesser from the B.C. Lions on Monday for a 2006 first-round draft pick.
Gesser was on B.C.'s negotiation list and spent the last two years with the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
"There are several members on staff that are familiar with Jason," Tom Higgins, the Stampeders senior vice-president of football operations and head coach, said in a statement. "Gesser has proven that he is a winner and we believe he has the ability to make the jump and be a contributor."
Gesser played his college football at Washington State University, leading the Cougars to a Rose Bowl appearance against Oklahoma in his senior season. He finished his university career with the most victories for a quarterback in school history.
Gesser was an all-Pac-10 Conference first team in 2002. He was also named its offensive player of the year in 2002 with Carson Palmer, then with the USC Trojans. In 2003, Palmer was taken first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL draft.

"We are pleased to have put ourselves in a good position for the 2006 Canadian College Draft and have another option for the future," said Wally Buono, the Lions head coach and general manager.


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