Canadian Football League

Friday, March 19, 2010

Former Canadian Football League Player Now Bull Riding Announcer

NEW YORK - Former CFL and NFL receiver Rocket Ismail has a new job as a television announcer for bull riding.

Ismail, who began his pro career with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts before heading to the NFL, will serve as a correspondent for some of the Professional Bull Riders telecasts on cable channel Versus. He became interested in the sport when he took part in "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge" on CMT.

Ismail will interview riders about their lives outside of competition, making his debut during Saturday's broadcast from Fresno, Calif.

The former Notre Dame star played nine seasons in the NFL, making 363 catches for 5,295 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Canadian Football League With A Canadian QB?

he Toronto Argonauts have signed former Queen's quarterback Danny Brannagan to a contract that will see him in double-blue through the 2012 season.

''We are thrilled to welcome Danny to the Toronto Argonauts,'' Argonauts head coach Jim Barker said in a release. ''We believe he is a special individual who brings a lot to the table. He can make all the throws and he understands the Canadian game and how to read defences. We are excited to watch Danny compete with the other quarterbacks we have signed.''

Brannagan led the Queen's Gaels to their first Vanier Cup Championship since 1992, earning the Most Valuable Player and Yates Cup MVP honours along the way. In a prolific five season career at Queen's, Brannagan passed former Argo Tommy Denison as the leading passer in Gaels history.

''I'm very excited about this opportunity,'' Brannagan said. ''I'm fortunate to have had a successful university career and realize that not a lot of people get to compete at the next level. The Argos have a great and storied football program that I've followed growing up. I was lucky to meet several members of the coaching staff at the CFL Evaluation Camp and I was very impressed with them. I look forward to going out there and competing for a spot on the team.''