Former Riders turned Alouettes receiver Naaman Roosevelt drops rap album

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Former Saskatchewan Roughriders turned Montreal Alouettes receiver Naaman Roosevelt has produced a rap album under the alias Name Nyce.

The 32-year-old incorporates experiences from playing football in high school, the University of Buffalo and pro ranks in some of his songs. It’s the first full tape Roosevelt has put out.

“I used to rap a little bit, too, especially in high school. We’d usually rap all day, every day, just to get our minds off stuff,” Roosevelt told Regina Leader-Post reporter Rob Vanstone in 2018.

“It was something just to let your mind free — kind of poetry, pretty much. For me, it was just writing raps.”

After going unselected in the 2010 NFL draft, Roosevelt signed an undrafted free agent contract with his hometown Bills. He spent two seasons in Buffalo playing 16 games and notched 25 receptions for 396 yards and one touchdown. Following stints with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and second time with the Bills, Roosevelt made his way north of the border for the 2015 season.

Roosevelt spent the past five seasons with the Riders, recording 301 receptions for 4,134 yards and 20 touchdowns in 67 games. He produced two 1,000-yard seasons and nearly a third last year when the Buffalo native caught 77 balls for 946 yards and one major. The Als signed the proven veteran to a one-year contract during free agency in February.

Montreal is banking on Name Nyce to play nice for the Alouettes in 2020.