With CFL camps starting this week there are several Gryphons preparing to put the pads on. Rookies Cam Thorn and Jake Piotrowski hope to join former Gryphons Rob Maver and Ryan Bomben on CFL rosters. And a few more Guelph alums will be on the sidelines. In fact, there will likely be more former Gryphons playing, coaching, scouting and managing in the CFL this year than there have been for many years.
After three years as Special Teams Coordinator with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Kyle Walters will be in his first season as the team’s Assistant GM. Mike O’Shea returns as Special Teams Coordinator with the Toronto Argonauts. Recent grad Chris Rossetti is with the Argonauts in a full-time position as a Player Personnel Assistant. He spent two summers as an intern for the CFL club before landing the full-time gig. But that is not the end of it as several other Gryphons are hoping to follow Rossetti’s route to a career in pro sports.
Current Gryphon QB Luke Nangle has an internship position with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Nangle is working in the Ticats’ Player Personnel Department. The Tiger-Cats have promised to provide internship positions to Guelph students for the next five summers as part of their agreement with the University for use of Alumni Stadium. And while Nangle will be returning to Guelph for training camp in August he is spending the next month on the McMaster campus. The Tiger-Cats are holding their preseason training camp on the Mac campus before they play their 2013 home games at Guelph’s Alumni Stadium. Nangle will be living in a Mac residence throughout the Cats’ training camp.
Not to be outdone, graduating linebacker Jarryd Baines has landed an internship position in the CFL’s head offices. This week Baines began working in the league’s Football Operations department. Baines was the Defensive MVP for the Gryphons in 2012. You can view Jarryd’s video highlights here. His brother Riley is a part of Guelph’s 2013 recruiting class.