Canada has football and legalized marijuana. I guess Ricky Williams couldn't be happier.
While his $270,000 contract this year to the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League pales in comparison to his normal NFL salary, the former/future Miami Dolphins running back is spending his year from suspension north of the border due to, as motivational Matt Foley might say, "not using his papers for writin', but for rollin' doobies!"
But let's be honest — not every American athlete is playing under the maple leaf because of the pot laws. The common banishment to the CFL is usually because a player can't hack it in the American circuit.
Take, for example, Eric Crouch. Five short years ago Crouch won the Heisman Trophy during his senior season at Nebraska. While his official position is quarterback and he did line up under center, it's hard to use that word when he ran for twice as many touchdowns (18) as he threw (7) and he scampered almost as many yards (1,115) as he tossed (1,510).
Crouch was not drafted by the Rams as a quarterback but a wide receiver. While he retired the following preseason, citing injury reasons, we all knew he wanted to wear a No. 7, not No. 87.
Whoa, I was just talking about Ricky Williams and I got onto the subject of Eric Crouch. Am I high? Perhaps, but it all fits in. Crouch is also on the Argonauts roster. There's the tie-in.
There are a handful of familiar NCAA/NFL faces are on the Toronto Argonauts roster, such as:
- USC and Jackonville Jaguars WR R. Jay Soward
- Texas State and Browns/Vikings QB Spergon Wynn
- U. of Oregon and Dallas Cowboys DB Kenny Wheaton
- U. of Michigan S Chuck Winters
- U. of Tennessee DE Jonathan Brown
OK, some of those players aren't so familiar. But a bevy of the Argonauts' roster boasts several former NCAA student-athletes.