Hard-nosed linebacker Jameer Thurman back in the saddle with Stampeders

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The Calgary Stampeders have signed American linebacker Jameer Thurman.

It’s the second stint in Calgary for Thurman, who played a combined 35 regular season games for the Stamps in 2017 and 2018. He was a member of the Stampeders’ Grey Cup championship team in 2018.

In his 35 career games for Calgary, including 29 starts at weak-side linebacker, Thurman made 134 defensive tackles, 29 special teams tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

“Jameer is a hard-nosed player who established himself as one of the league’s top linebackers during his previous two seasons with the Stampeders,” president and general manager John Hufnagel said in a statement.

The Indiana State University product signed with the Chicago Bears in 2019 and was released on August 31, 2019. He then joined the XFL’s DC Defenders and recorded 28 tackles, a forced fumble and interception returned for a touchdown in five games during the abbreviated 2020 season.

Prior to joining the Stampeders in 2017, Thurman attended rookie camp with the San Francisco 49ers.

In the NCAA, Thurman played 48 games over four seasons and finished his career with the Sycamores as the school’s 11th all-time leader in total tackles with 340. He had 28 tackles for loss, five interceptions, seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.