Giving Chase: Calgary Stampeders add quarterback Chase Fourcade

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The Calgary Stampeders have signed American quarterback Chase Fourcade ahead of the 2022 season.

The six-foot, 200-pound pivot was a four-year starter at Nicholls State and left the school as the Colonels’ all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage and rushing touchdowns.

Fourcade was the Southland Conference’s player of the year as a junior and the conference’s offensive player of the year as a senior. In 50 career games, he completed 804-of-1,350 passes for 10,707 yards with 70 touchdowns against 47 interceptions. Fourcade also had 703 carries for 1,701 yards and 35 scores.

Most recently, Fourcade played four games for the Arena Football League’s Columbus (Ga.) Lions during the 2021-2022 season.

Fourcade’s father Keith was a linebacker who starred at the University of Mississippi and also played for the New Orleans Saints. His uncle John, a quarterback, also played for the Saints and had a stint in the CFL with the B.C. Lions in 1983 and Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1984.

In another transaction, the Stampeders placed national linebacker/long snapper Ben Whiting on the retired list.

Whiting attended training camp with the Stamps and also spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2021. He re-signed with Calgary in December but recently declared his intentions to pursue an opportunity outside of football.