Football: Riley to CFL

Former Cal quarterback Kevin Riley has signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. Here’s the release. Jeff Tedford certainly had an influence here with his CFL roots and connections.

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  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I am speechless.

  • Will

    So was daddy after he saw how you turned out.

  • abe

    how come Nate wasn’t able to secure something similar, i certainly think he was a better QB, when he was healthy at least, although Riley was more competitive and didnt have nearly the kind of offensive weapons that Nate had in ’06 and ’07. anyhow i am happy for Riley, he has earned it, has been through a lot and should have no issues handling anything life may throw at him.

  • milo

    I hope Riley the best and hope he does well. Right now he’s better than Matt Leinart.

  • LR

    Nate was never a better quarterback. He had a better combination of players around him for the bulk of his career, but never was he a better quarterback standing alone. He was a D-league Drew Bledsoe. A statue. Completely immobile with a decent arm. And no leadership skills whatsoever. Neither an NFL nor a CFL prospect.

    Riley gets down on himself, but he has some leadership skills and a bit of fire. Good mobility and a decent arm. He should do well on a wider field where he can run or really spread the defense on roll outs.

  • Eric

    really happy for Riley. In that wide-open game, if he is allowed to scramble and roll-out, he’ll be decent.

  • K1W

    That’s great news!

  • Kev

    At least he will get a chance to play because right now what the NFL labor negotiations are going he might of made the right choice and he wasn’t going to get signed as an undrafted free agent anyways.

  • rollonubears

    Watch him tear up the CFL! No credit to the guru on this one. Sorry.

  • covinared

    Abe: Riley is more suited to the Canadian game. It is more wide open and requires QB mobility . I wish him well.

  • Larry


  • Neil

    Congratulations to Kevin Riley! Hope the best for him.

  • rollonubears

    hats off to tedford if he helped him land a job. i would question whether he really had any pull. this isn’t little league. but if he did, bravo.

  • Boaltblue

    Thank you, Kevin, for some GREAT times in Memorial Stadium. While I am always a Cal Bear fan first, I am also a BC Lions fan now. Bearest wishes to you!

  • eric

    Boaltblue – now you and I can agree on something – I’m a BC Lions fan myself, and hoping to catch a game this year!