Former all-star receiver Andy Fantuz joins CFL command centre as video official

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CFL fans have long cursed the command centre, but they will soon have a familiar name to pin the blame on.

Former all-star Canadian receiver Andy Fantuz will be joining the league as a video official this season, according to a report from Steve Milton of Ticats.ca. The 40-year-old is leaving his on-air analyst position with the Ticats Audio Network ahead of the 2024 season to join the command centre’s four-person crew. He will now help decide any call that is under review during the course of a game.

The native of Chatham, Ont. played 12 seasons in the CFL as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, recording 637 catches for 8,363 yards and 44 touchdowns. He was named the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2010 and played in five Grey Cups, winning one as a member of the Riders in 2007.

The six-foot-four, 221-pound target was a first-round pick in the 2006 CFL Draft out of Western University. He set a number of U Sports records during his tenure with the team, catching 189 passes for 4,123 yards and 41 touchdowns with the Mustangs. In 2005, he was awarded the Hec Crighton Trophy as the top player in all of U Sports football.

Since retiring in 2018, Fantuz has been interested in getting involved as an official and got an opportunity to do a trial run in the command centre last season. He will now move into the role full-time and once again have a meaningful impact on CFL games.