|Born:||May 16, 1981|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg)|
|College|| TCU |
|2006||Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL West All-Star||2004|
Casey J. Printers (born May 16, 1981) is a former professional American football, Canadian football and indoor football quarterback. Printers spent most of his professional career with the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League, and also played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Kansas City Chiefs and Allen Wranglers.
Born in DeSoto, Texas, Printers played football from a young age, a highlight being a trip to the Pop Warner National Championship in San Francisco, California with his team, the Oak Cliff Jets, when he was twelve years old.
Printers played collegiately at Texas Christian University from 1999 to 2001, leading the TCU Horned Frogs to back-to-back Western Athletic Conference championships in 1999 and 2000 and three straight bowl games, including back-to-back appearances in the Mobile Alabama Bowl in 1999 and 2000. Printers was named Most Valuable Player in the Frogs' 1999 bowl victory and was subsequently named Freshman of the Year for 1999 by the Dallas Morning News and third-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News .In 2000, he received honorable mention as an All-WAC Conference Selection. The 1999 and 2000 Horned Frogs, coached by Dennis Franchione, also featured Heisman Trophy candidate and future NFL star LaDainian Tomlinson at running back. In 2001, Printers led the Horned Frogs to a 6-6 record and an appearance in the galleryfurniture.com Bowl, where Printers was 15-30 for 144 yards and 4 interceptions in the 28-9 loss. Printers' 4,621 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes each rank fourth in TCU history. Branding himself the "Best Kept Secret in College Football", Printers transferred to Florida A&M for his senior year (2002), where he led the Rattlers to a 7-5 record, completing 123 of 218 passes for 1,517 yards with 12 touchdowns and 5 interceptions and rushing for 3 touchdowns.
After going undrafted in the 2002 NFL Draft, Printers joined the BC Lions for the 2003 CFL season on a three-year contract as their third-string quarterback, and saw little playing time, attempting only two passes.During the 2004 season, he unseated Spergon Wynn as backup quarterback and replaced starter Dave Dickenson when Dickenson went down with an injury. After completing 325 of 494 pass attempts for 5,088 yards and 35 touchdowns with 10 interceptions and rushing for 469 yards and 9 touchdowns, he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2004 season, becoming known as a dynamic quarterback able to improvise and make big plays both passing and rushing. He played a key role in the Lions' eight-game winning streak, 13-5 record, and first-place finish in the West Division standings. His 35 passing touchdowns and 10.3 yards-per-pass average led the league; he tied Edmonton's Jason Maas for a league-best 65.8 completion percentage, and his rushing stats were best among QBs.
In the 2004 West Division Final against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Printers was forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter, with the score tied 14-14. Dickenson, having recovered from knee surgery and shared quarterbacking duties with Printers late in the season, played the rest of the game and threw a touchdown pass in the Lions' 27-25 overtime victory.Dickenson would start and play the entire 2004 Grey Cup game against the Toronto Argonauts, which the Lions lost by a score of 27-19.
Printers had surgery on his right hallux in the 2004-2005 offseason, and turned down a three-year, $1 million contract extension from the Lions. With Printers recovering, Dickenson won the starting job and led the team to an 11-0 start. Printers took over as starter after Dickenson was injured in the 13th game. After the 11-0 start, the Lions lost six of their last seven regular season games, including the regular season finale against the Roughriders, in which Dickenson returned and replaced Printers in the second half.Dickenson started and played all but the last three minutes of the 2005 West Division Final against the Edmonton Eskimos, which the Lions lost 28-23.
Throughout the 2005 season Printers was embroiled in a quarterback controversy with Dickenson over who should start as pivot and was nagged by shoulder and toe injuries. Ultimately, Printers saw relatively little playing time, completing 131 of 216 pass attempts for 1671 yards, 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions,with 336 yards rushing and 2 rushing TDs. In January 2006, he turned down a three-year, $1.2 million (CAD) offer from the Lions, opting to sign a three-year, $1.03 million (USD) deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
In June 2009 Printers stated that he would be willing to return to the B.C. Lions.
Printers was expected to compete with Chiefs 2006 draft pick Brodie Croyle for a backup quarterback position,but struggled in his preseason debut in the second quarter of an August 12, 2006 game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. In limited action in the Chiefs' four pre-season games, Printers completed 12 of 23 pass attempts for 109 yards with one interception and rushed 5 times for 20 yards. He was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs on September 2, 2006, prior to the start of the regular season. He was signed to the Chiefs' practice squad on September 4, 2006. On October 28, 2006, he was signed to the Chiefs' 53-man roster. After being demoted to the practice roster once again, he travelled to Vancouver and attended the November 12 BC Lions West Division Final playoff game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Place, but was barred from the sidelines by Lions head coach Wally Buono. The Lions won the game 45-18 with Dave Dickenson at quarterback. In late November 2006, the Toronto Argonauts expressed an interest in negotiating a contract with him, although he was still under contract to the Chiefs and the BC Lions still owned his CFL rights. On December 31, 2006, Printers signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs and was promoted to the active roster.
Printers was released by the Chiefs on September 1, 2007. His conversation with Chiefs Director of Player Personnel Ray Farmer was documented on episode 5 of HBO's Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City Chiefs series. Printers said that his release was "unbelievable," especially since he had done everything asked of him during training camp. Printers was replaced by Tyler Thigpen.
Printers signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 6, 2007, for a reported $500,000 a season, making him the highest paid player in the CFL. However, he ended up being severely overpaid as he struggled greatly, throwing twice as many interceptions as touchdown passes. He was released by the team on February 19, 2009.
On September 21, 2009, Casey Printers agreed to terms with BC Lions on a practice roster contract. He was signed from the practice roster on October 8, and suited up as the third-string quarterback on October 9, in a game versus the Edmonton Eskimos. He then became the starting quarterback on October 24, in a 33-30 overtime loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
On Thanksgiving Day October 11, 2010, Printers replaced Travis Lulay at quarterback. Opponent Winnipeg Blue Bombers started rookie Alex Brink but he was replaced by Steven Jyles after an awful start. With Jyles at quarterback, the Bombers overcame a 32-14 4th quarter deficit and sent the game into overtime with the score tied at 32.
The Winnipeg fans who were booing earlier at Brink were now yelling to disrupt the Lions' play calling. With the Lions down 41-35 in the 2nd overtime period, Printers attempted a pass to O'Neil Wilson on 2nd and long. However, it was intercepted by Deon Beasley and returned for a touchdown. Shortly after throwing the game-ending interception, Printers was seen throwing his helmet to the ground in disgust and yelling at Wilson.
He was released from the team later that week.
On February 3, 2012, Printers signed with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League.Printers made his debut with the Wranglers on February 25, 2012, against the Wichita Wild as backup to Bryan Randall and had a rushing touchdown.
Printers held the CFL record for single-game completion percentage, set with the BC Lions in a 49-11 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium on August 13, 2004. Printers completed 20 of 22 passes (90.9%) for 303 yards, including four touchdowns to slotback Geroy Simon, which has since been broken by Ricky Ray of the Edmonton Eskimos on October 31, 2008.Simon's four TD catches also tied a team record. As the Lions' starting quarterback for most of the 2004 season, Printers was also instrumental in Geroy Simon's league-best 14 touchdown receptions and league-best 1750 receiving yards, which broke the Lions' club record for receiving yards in a season. The previous record was 1731 yards, set by Darren Flutie in 1994.
His favorite player while growing up was Warren Moon.Outside of football, Printers is a motivational speaker.
The 92nd Grey Cup game took place on November 21, 2004, at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario. The game decided the championship of the 2004 Canadian Football League season. The Toronto Argonauts defeated the BC Lions 27–19.
Damon Allen is a former professional quarterback who played in the Canadian Football League. He is currently fourth in all-time professional football passing yards and second in all-time CFL passing yards after he was surpassed for first place by the Montréal Alouettes' Anthony Calvillo on October 10, 2011. He is pro-football's combined passing & rushing leader with a total of 84,301 yards. Allen retired as professional football's all-time leading passer with 72,381 passing yards after he surpassed Warren Moon's total of 70,553 yards on September 4, 2006 in the annual Labour Day Classic. He also retired in third place in all-time CFL rushing yards with 11,920 yards, behind Mike Pringle and George Reed. The 2007 season marked Allen's twenty-third season in the CFL and he officially announced his retirement on May 28, 2008 at age 44. Allen is the younger brother of Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen.
Ricky Ray is an American former professional Canadian football quarterback. Ray spent the majority of his professional career with the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He also briefly spent time in the af2, as well as with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). Ray is the Eskimos all-time leader in passing yardage, pass completions and passing touchdowns. He won the Grey Cup in 2003, 2005, 2012, and 2017. He formally announced his retirement from professional football on May 8, 2019.
Michael Paul Bishop is a former gridiron football quarterback. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
David Dickenson is a Canadian football head coach with the Calgary Stampeders and former professional player with the Stampeders and the BC Lions where he won the 2006 Grey Cup and was named the game's MVP. Dickenson also played quarterback collegiately at the University of Montana, where he led the Montana Grizzlies to the 1995 NCAA I-AA college football championship.
Kevin Glenn, Jr. is a former American professional Canadian football quarterback. He was originally signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football for the Illinois State Redbirds and high school football at Detroit St. Martin de Porres. Glenn is a journeyman quarterback who is the only player to ever have had his rights held by every team in the CFL.
The 94th Grey Cup game took place on November 19, 2006, at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba before 44,786 fans. Ticket prices ranged from $141 and $275. The game decided the championship of the 2006 Canadian Football League season. The BC Lions defeated the Montreal Alouettes, 25–14.
Jarious K. Jackson is a professional Canadian football offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He has also been the quarterbacks coach for the Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and BC Lions. Jackson played professionally in the CFL for eight seasons with the Lions and one year with the Argonauts where he won three Grey Cup championships in 2006, 2011, and 2012. He has also been a member of the Denver Broncos (NFL), to whom he was drafted 214th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, and the Barcelona Dragons. Jackson played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Quinton George Porter is a former American professional gridiron football quarterback. He was on the practice squad for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Boston College. Porter has also been a player with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.
Buck James Pierce is the offensive coordinator of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and a retired professional quarterback who played nine seasons for the BC Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He spent the first five years of his career with the Lions before signing with the Blue Bombers for the 2010 CFL season. During the 2013 CFL season, he rejoined the Lions when the Blue Bombers traded him for Akeem Foster. He played in two Grey Cup games, winning a championship in 2006 and also won as part of the coaching staff with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2019. He played college football at New Mexico State from 2001–2004, starting at quarterback for most of his senior year.
Travis Lulay is a former professional Canadian football quarterback. Lulay played ten seasons for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 2009 to 2018. In his first season as a full-time starter, Lulay won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award in 2011 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Grey Cup. He played college football at Montana State. Prior to joining the Lions Lulay was a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Berlin Thunder and New Orleans Saints.
The 2007 BC Lions season was the 50th season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 54th season overall. They finished first in the West Division for the fourth consecutive season with a 14–3–1 record, establishing new franchise records for wins and points in a season and most consecutive first-place finishes. They were defeated in the Western Final 26–17 by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, ending their hopes of repeating their Grey Cup Championship.
The 2009 Toronto Argonauts season was the 52nd season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 137th overall. The Argonauts attempted to win their 16th Grey Cup championship, but they failed to make the playoffs for the second straight year, finishing the season with a 3–15 record for the first time since 1993.
The 2004 BC Lions finished in first place in the West Division with a 13–5 record. They won the West Final and appeared in the 92nd Grey Cup.
Mike Reilly is an American professional gridiron football player who is a quarterback for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was the starting quarterback for the Eskimos when they won the 103rd Grey Cup and was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player. He was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Central Washington. He was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2017. Reilly has also been a member of the Edmonton Eskimos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks.
Zachary J. Collaros is an American professional Canadian football quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Collaros won the 107th Grey Cup as the starting quarterback with the Blue Bombers when they defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12. He had previously won the Grey Cup as the backup quarterback with the Toronto Argonauts in the 100th Grey Cup. Collaros played football at the University of Cincinnati, he has also been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts.
Brandon Colin Bridge, nicknamed Air Canada, is a former professional Canadian football quarterback. He was previously a member of the Montreal Alouettes, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and BC Lions. He was drafted in the fourth round, 31st overall, by the Alouettes in the 2015 CFL Draft. He played college football at Alcorn State and South Alabama.
Jonathon Jennings is an American professional Canadian football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He attended Saginaw Valley State University, where he played college football and studied finance. Jennings made his professional debut for the BC Lions in 2015.
Matthew Shiltz is a gridiron football quarterback with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played NCAA football for the Butler Bulldogs.
Antonio Pipkin is a Canadian football quarterback for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Tiffin. Pipkin has also been a member of the Arizona Cardinals (NFL), the Montreal Alouettes, and the Edmonton Football Team.