Canadian Football League

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Canadian Football League: Where are they now?

The Dallas Cowboys recently hired former Harlingen Cardinal quarterback Sammy Garza as one of their pro scouts to evaluate available free agents.Garza’s duties include measuring the value of any restricted or unrestricted free agents in the NFL the Cowboys might be interested in signing.
Currently, Garza is also evaluating talent from NFL Europe and will later travel to Canada to watch players there.Garza played professionally in the Canadian Football League in the early 1990s.During the season, Garza will be in charge of scouting Dallas’s weekly opponents."It’s a wide range of duties," Garza said. "Garza has spent his entire career either playing or coaching football, but he feels confident in his new role considering his past experiences."I’ve been around football and professional players before," Garza said. "I’ve evaluated high school and college players before when I was coaching. Now this (scouting) is all I’ll be doing."After graduating from Harlingen High School in 1983, Garza attended the University of Texas-El Paso where he played quarterback until 1986.In his senior season at UTEP, Garza passed for more than 3,200 yards helping him become an eighth-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1987 NFL Draft.Garza was cut by Seattle during training camp and was later picked up by the ST. Louis Cardinals as a backup.Garza saw playing time as a scab during the 1987 players’ strike and was kept on the roster for the following season. But Garza would get another pink slip and bolted for the Canadian Football League in 1990 where he played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.In 1993, Garza and the Bombers lost the Grey Cup, the CFL’s version of the Super Bowl.Garza finally got the call to become the Bombers starter in 1994 but Winnipeg wouldn’t play for the Cup again.The Blue Bombers traded Garza to the Ottawa Roughriders in 1995 and was released a year later.He joined the coaching staff of his alma mater at UTEP a year later as the quarterbacks coach.


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