Rossetti has new job title with Argos

Photo credit: Richard Lautens / Toronto Star

Photo credit: Richard Lautens / Toronto Star

Former Gryphon QB Chris Rossetti is the new Player Personnel Assistant with the Toronto Argonauts and the subject of a long article in today’s Toronto Star. The on-line version also contains a video feature in which Rossetti talks about how his Univ. of Guelph experience connects with what he is doing now.

He’s actually eligible for this year’s CFL draft but instead of looking forward to playing pro football, Chris Rossetti will help determine other young player’s careers.

Rossetti, 22, will be among the Argonauts brain trust at this weekend’s CFL Combine in Toronto where more than 50 top college players will be trying to improve their rankings for the CFL draft on May 6.

After working as an unpaid scouting intern last season, the former Guelph Gryphons quarterback was hired last month to be the Scullers’ player personnel assistant and he’ll be among those evaluating this weekend’s talent.

Argos GM Jim Barker has high praise for Rossetti, who makes no bones about wanting one day to be a GM either in the CFL or the NFL.

“He’s a personnel junkie. . . . He knows everything about every player,” Barker said. “I think he’ll be a great general manager one day. He’ll develop contacts over time. I really believe strongly in this young man.”

The fact Rossetti has just finished playing — and knows many of the players personally — is a huge scouting advantage for the Argos, Barker said.

“There are guys in this draft whom he played with in high school so that gives us a huge advantage,” Barker said. “As a quarterback, he understands the game, he understand the personnel. He gets it.”

Since joining the team initially as a media assistant in 2010, Rossetti has been like a sponge, sitting in coaching meetings, shadowing Barker, watching tons of film and asking questions. He also spent a week last summer at the training camp of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons with their GM Tom Dimitroff, who played defensive back for the Gryphons in the late 1980s and whose nephew Rossetti roomed with at college.

Read the full story and find the video here: Argonauts Chris Rossetti has eye for talent

This is great news for Chris and something of a unique accomplishment for the Gryphon Football program. With Thomas Dimitroff Jr. already an NFL GM, Kyle Walters recently promoted to Assistant GM of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and now Rossetti heading down that path the University of Guelph could become known as “the cradle of General Managers” much like Miami of Ohio is “the cradle of coaches”. I certainly hope that with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats providing ten internships over the next five years to Guelph students others may also take up that career goal.

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