The Calgary Stampeders have added another NFL ball carrier to their already crowded backfield, signing former Denver Broncos running back LeVante Bellamy.
The five-foot-10, 190-pound back began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent in 2020, spending the majority of his first season on the practice squad. He dressed for five games as a rookie in Denver, carrying the ball four times for 11 yards, making one catch for five yards, and adding two tackles.
The 26-year-old returned for a second campaign but was placed on injured reserve in training camp. He was later released in December of 2021.
Bellamy had an outstanding collegiate career at Western Michigan, finishing fourth in the school’s all-time rushing record book. He produced a pair of thousand-yard seasons in his final two years, rushing for 1,472 yards and leading the NCAA with 23 rushing touchdowns in 2019. He was named the conference’s offensive player of the year as a senior, while also receiving the Vern Smith Leadership Award as the conference’s top player.
In 48 games at Western Michigan, Bellamy had 617 carries for 3,720 yards and 35 touchdowns as well as 57 receptions for 370 yards and one score and 19 kickoff returns for 358 yards. He earned first-team all-Mid-American Conference honours in both of his final two seasons.