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Former NFL journeyman catching on in Canada at age 33

For most NFL running backs, 30 is the new 65.

For former 49ers, Panthers, and Falcons running back Jamal Robertson, being three years on the wrong side of 30 has done nothing to slow him down.

Robertson jumped to the CFL in 2008.  Now, at age 33, he’s excelling. 

On Sunday, Robertson rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 11 carries in the B.C. Lions’ 25-10 win over the Edmonton Eskimos.

So why is Robertson thriving at such an advanced age?  He hasn’t endured the wear and tear of other older tailbacks.  During his five seasons in the NFL, he touched the ball only 62 times.  Some running backs handle the ball that many times in only two games.

Though Robertson’s age likely prevents him from making a return to the NFL, he’s doing just fine in the CFL at an age when most NFL tailbacks have left the game of football for good.

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11 Responses to “Former NFL journeyman catching on in Canada at age 33”
  1. tatum32 says: Jul 5, 2010 9:11 AM

    Good for him…vaguely remember him on the Niners roster.

  2. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jul 5, 2010 9:15 AM

    Aww, that’s sweet.
    Wait… who?

  3. young_ says: Jul 5, 2010 9:18 AM

    I’m sure that a bunch of 30-plus NFL RBs would do very well in the CFL– even those with far more wear and tear than Robertson, no?
    I’m happy to hear that he’s doing well over there though.

  4. psj3809 says: Jul 5, 2010 9:22 AM

    Jamal Robertson also did very well in NFL ‘Mike Florio hates this league’ Europe.
    Not surprised hes doing well in the CFL, shame he never got the chance in the NFL

  5. Bob S. says: Jul 5, 2010 9:47 AM

    Was playing for Toronto Argos last year. Signed as free agent this winter by BC Lions who are owned by David Braley. David Braley is the owner of the Toronto Argos now as well. Owns 2 teams in a 9 team league.

  6. Rdowb says: Jul 5, 2010 10:06 AM

    What’s better? Floating around the NFL for years or not making it, coming to the ‘C’ and becoming the best back up North? Joffrey Reynolds would say the latter. And so would I.

  7. ItalianStallion says: Jul 5, 2010 10:58 AM

    It’s an 8 team league Bob S.

  8. Byrd Is The Word says: Jul 5, 2010 11:05 AM

    Rdowb says:
    July 5, 2010 10:06 AM
    What’s better? Floating around the NFL for years or not making it, coming to the ‘C’ and becoming the best back up North? Joffrey Reynolds would say the latter. And so would I.
    —————————–
    That would all be contingent on salary.

  9. IanH says: Jul 5, 2010 11:44 AM

    I’d rather be the best back in the UFL

  10. chemicalxv says: Jul 5, 2010 1:20 PM

    And then you neglect to mention that despite his great season last year, the Argonauts cut him because he’s so goddamn old

  11. Mean and Nasty says: Jul 5, 2010 2:30 PM

    See Ladainian, you can still play after 30…just go north!!

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