Redblacks sign former Riders quarterback Tom Flacco

The Ottawa Redblacks have signed former Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Tom Flacco.

Flacco was signed by the Riders in January and he participated in training camp with the green and white, but the 26-year-old was released among final roster cuts.

The six-foot-one, 205-pound pivot left Towson third in passing touchdowns with 50, sixth in passing yards with 6,086 and sixth in passing completions with 484 over the course of just two seasons. In his senior year, Flacco was named All-CAA Second Team, finishing the regular season with 2,831 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions while adding 324 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.  

As junior, the 26-year-old finished fifth in voting for the 2018 Walter Payton Award and was the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and the CAA Offensive Player of the Year. He also earned All-CAA First Team and HERO Sports FCS All-America Third Team. That year he matched the Towson single-season record with 28 passing touchdowns and threw for 3,251 passing yards while also adding 742 yards on the ground. 

Tom’s older brother Joe is currently a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former first-round pick and NFL Rookie of the Year is best known for leading the Baltimore Ravens to a championship in Super Bowl XLVII, winning MVP honours in the process. After spending a decade as the Ravens starter, Flacco suited up for the Denver Broncos in 2019 before joining the Jets this season.

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