Canadian kicker J.J. Molson signs with UFL’s Houston Roughnecks

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Canadian kicker J.J. Molson has signed with the UFL’s Houston Roughnecks, according to an announcement made by his trainer Nick Novak.

The native of Montreal, Que. has been out of football since May of 2022, when he was released by the Green Bay Packers. He spent parts of two seasons on the team’s practice roster after beginning his NFL career as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams in 2020.

Molson appeared in 49 games from 2016 to 2019 at UCLA, converting 51-of-74 field goal attempts (69 percent) as a Bruin. The six-foot-one, 197-pounder also kicked off 266 times for 12,758 yards (63-yard average) and was awarded UCLA’s Tommy Prothro Award for outstanding special teams play in 2018.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected Molson 63rd overall in the seventh round of the 2020 CFL Draft and currently hold his rights. He is an eighth-generation descendant of John Molson, the founder of Molson Brewery.

UFL players reported to training camp this weekend for the inaugural season of the newly merged league. The Roughnecks will begin their season on Sunday, March 31 when they host the Memphis Showboats.