Chris Getzlaf

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Chris Getzlaf
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Born: (1983-01-09) January 9, 1983 (age 38)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Career information
StatusRetired
CFL status National
Position(s) SB
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
University Regina
CJFL Prairie Thunder
CFL draft 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 33
Drafted by Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career history
As player
2007 Hamilton Tiger-Cats*
20072015 Saskatchewan Roughriders
20162017 Edmonton Eskimos
2017 Saskatchewan Roughriders
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
CFL West All-Star 2012, 2013
Awards
Career stats

Chris Getzlaf (born January 9, 1983) is a Canadian former professional football slotback who played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 2007 to 2017. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 CFL Draft, 33rd overall, by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and was later traded that season to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He has also been a member of the Edmonton Eskimos. Prior to turning pro, Getzlaf played with the junior team Prairie Thunder [1] and the collegiate team Regina Rams in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Early and personal life

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Getzlaf grew up playing ice hockey in addition to football with his younger brother, Ryan, [1] an NHL All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Stanley Cup champion for the Anaheim Ducks. Getzlaf is married to Tia.

Professional career

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Getzlaf was chosen by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the fifth round, 33rd overall, in the 2007 CFL Draft. After dressing for the first two games of the season, he spent the rest of the season on two teams' practice rosters.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

Getzlaf was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders with Corey Holmes in exchange for Jason Armstead on August 19, 2007. [2] While he was on the practice roster during the Roughriders' 2007 Grey Cup victory, he still shared in the win, meaning that both he and his brother, Ryan, ended up 2007 champions with their respective teams.

Getzlaf started the 2008 season on the practice roster, but with a rash of injuries at the receiver position, he was pressed into action, making his Riders debut on Oct 3, 2008. In this game against the Calgary Stampeders, he recorded his first career CFL catch and touchdown, finishing the game with five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. He dressed for the final five games of the season, finishing with 15 catches for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He also contributed one catch for 13 yards in the Roughriders' loss to the BC Lions in the 2008 West Semi-Final.

Heading into the 2009 season, Getzlaf spent the first four weeks as a backup receiver. After Andy Fantuz was injured in a week-4 game against Edmonton, Getzlaf started the week-5 game against the Calgary Stampeders. He had five receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns including the opening score of the game and a 65-yard touchdown with 1:17 remaining in the game to give the Roughriders a 24–23 comeback victory. [3] [4] It was the first 100-yard receiving game of his career. Once Fantuz came back from injury in the Banjo Bowl, Getzlaf retained his starter's position, with Jason Clermont being relegated to a backup role; hence, he started 14 games during the regular season. Getzlaf finished with a team-leading six touchdown receptions and was tied with Andy Fantuz for the team lead in two-point conversions with two. Of his nine career touchdowns (including post-season), six have come against the Stampeders. In the 2009 West Final, Getzlaf had three catches for 21 yards and a touchdown, which was part of the 27-17 win over the Stampeders that featured all Roughrider scoring by Canadian players. He had two catches for 15 yards in the 2009 Grey Cup, a 28-27 loss to the Montreal Alouettes. On Jan. 15, 2010, it was formally announced that Getzlaf had re-signed with the Roughriders, rather than becoming a free agent. [5] On June 20, 2012, the Riders announced that Getzlaf had signed a contract extension. [6] Getzlaf was named the Most Valuable Canadian player in the 101st Grey Cup. [7] On December 5, 2013, Getzlaf signed a contract extension with the Roughriders, promising to keep him in Saskatchewan through the 2015 season. [8] After not being re-signed following the 2015 season Getzlaf became a free agent on February 9, 2016.

Edmonton Eskimos

On February 25, 2016, Getzlaf signed with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. Getzlaf's tenure with the club ended after a year and a half, when he was released by the club on September 26, 2017. [9]

Saskatchewan Roughriders (II)

On October 16, 2017, Getzlaf was added to the Saskatchewan Roughriders practice roster. [10] He was promoted to the active roster on November 12. [11] He announced his retirement on January 4, 2018. [12]

Statistics

Receiving Regular season Playoffs
YearTeamGamesNo.YardsAvgLongTDGamesNo.YardsAvgLongTD
2007 HAM 2000.000Traded mid-season
SSK 0000.0000000.000
2008 SSK 51524716.5552111313.0130
2009 SSK 184153113.065625367.2101
2010 SSK 185594617.285531214211.8301
2011 SSK 18601,07117.97010Team did not qualify
2012 SSK 176586413.340212199.5120
2013 SSK 17631,04516.67272611318.8381
2014 SSK 153659116.4571124020.0330
2015 SSK 103340212.2554Team did not qualify
2016 EDM 184145511.1242200000
2017 EDM 85438.6121Released mid-season
SSK 0000.0001000.000
CFL totals1474146,19215.08541132836313.0383

Awards

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