The Calgary Stampeders have signed former National Football League receiver and returner Bernard Reedy.
The 28-year-old Reedy spent parts of five seasons in the NFL, playing in 11 games, nine with Tampa Bay and two in New England. The five-foot-eight, 175-pounder compiled 18 punt returns for 175 yards (9.7 average), seven kick-off returns for 145 yards, three rushes for 17 yards and two catches for 21 yards.
Originally, Reedy was signed as an undrafted free agent by Atlanta in 2014. After Reedy was cut by the Falcons in September 2015, he started working at Care Ride in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida.
“It was tough to want to play and to want to be on somebody’s team and [I] just [didn’t] get the break yet, but I also thought, ‘What about the people on life support? What about the people who can’t walk that want to walk again?’ That stuff’s way more serious than running around and playing football,” Reedy told ESPN.
NFL teams took notice of Reedy during a highly productive career at the University of Toledo. Through four seasons with the Rockets, Reedy caught 195 passes for 2,743 yards and 23 touchdowns; ran the football 30 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns; returned 76 kick-offs for 1,800 yards and three touchdowns; hauled in 29 punts for 317 yards and one touchdown.
Reedy’s best season in the NCAA came in 2012 when he grabbed 88 balls for 1,113 yards and six touchdowns while returning 32 punts for 885 yards and three touchdowns plus 19 kick-offs for 210 yards and one touchdown. For his efforts, Reedy was an All-MAC (Mid-American Conference) first-team selection as a receiver, punt returner, and kick returner.
The Stamps have used smaller players such as Roy Finch and Terry Williams in a combination offensive and returner role in the past. Reedy and his speed — 4.44 in the 40-yard sprint — could compete for a similar spot on Calgary’s roster.