Chris Streveler was already considered one of the toughest players in the recent memory of the CFL.
After he revealed the nature of his injury from last October, that status has been cemented.
Streveler told Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun that he suffered a distal tibia fracture and a severe high-ankle sprain in a 37-33 loss to the Calgary Stampeders on October 19, 2019.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ athletic therapist Al Couture told him that he’d be out for the rest of the season.
“I remember I was crying,” Streveler told Friesen. “I was just devastated. That Calgary game we lost, but I felt like the two games before that I was really starting to step up as a leader and just find myself. I hadn’t started a ton of games to that point, so I was really starting to come into my own.”
Winnipeg started the year 7-2 under Matt Nichols until the passer suffered a shoulder injury and was forced to undergo season-ending surgery.
Streveler was elevated to the starting role and went 3-5 in eight starts, passing for 1,564 yards, eight touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. The dual-threat pivot also ran for 726 yards and 12 scores.
“The high ankle sprain would keep you out for a minimum of six to eight weeks, if we didn’t have a fracture,” Couture told Friesen. “Especially with a player that plays the way Chris plays, this quarterback-running back-type guy. He took that hard. We had a playoff game in 23 days.”
Streveler returned to the field in the post-season, albeit in a backup role. Zach Collaros started all three playoff games with Streveler rotating in as a situational quarterback.
The arrangement worked perfectly as the Blue Bombers rattled off three consecutive wins over Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Hamilton, winning the Grey Cup for the first time since 2019. The University of South Dakota product was a key factor in determining those games, rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown in the West Semi-Final and throwing a touchdown to Andrew Harris in the Grey Cup.
The 25-year-old converted his success in Winnipeg to an NFL opportunity with the Arizona Cardinals. He made the team out of training camp, beating out former fifth-round draft pick Brett Hundley for a spot on the game day roster.
Streveler has dressed as the backup to former No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray through six games this season. He has seen the field on short yardage, recording a three-yard carry in Week 1.
The Cardinals are 4-2 after completing a 38-10 beat-down of the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.