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CFL QB Bo Levi Mitchell hopes for NFL chance

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It has been a while since the NFL has seen a quarterback make a successful jump from the Canadian Football League, but it certainly isn’t without precedent.

Warren Moon, Jeff Garcia and Joe Theismann all starred in Canada before thriving in the U.S. and Doug Flutie did the same after returning from the CFL for a second NFL stint. Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell hopes to get a chance to do the same thing.

Mitchell was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player last year while taking Calgary to the Grey Cup and was the MVP of Canada’s title game after the 2014 season. That success has the Texas native and Eastern Washington product with a desire to see if he can make it in the NFL as well.

“I think about it all the time,” Mitchell said, via Dan Graziano of “Just now in training camp, there were seven or eight scouts who came in. I know there’s been some talk in the NFL about me. When my time comes, the NFL has been my dream since I was a kid. I’ll take that shot. … I know it’s not the easiest thing. I’ve seen a lot of guys attempt to do it. But I feel I can play. I feel like I can be a Warren Moon, a Garcia, a Doug Flutie, a guy who comes from the CFL and plays in the league for a long time.”

Mitchell is under contract for two more years, so a jump over the border isn’t imminent. It may also be a long shot.

Mitchell, who opted for a CFL contract over a tryout with the Texans coming out of college in 2012, says he’s also looking for “a perfect situation” and a better one than his current standing with the Stampeders may not develop even if he continues to thrive in Calgary.

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11 Responses to “CFL QB Bo Levi Mitchell hopes for NFL chance”
  1. superpunky5 says: Jun 23, 2017 12:09 PM

    Go for it

  2. joetoronto says: Jun 23, 2017 12:20 PM

    The CFL isn’t even a shadow of its former self, it’s complete bush league now.

    He needs to get out ASAP.

  3. araidersfan says: Jun 23, 2017 12:30 PM

    He could be the starting QB instantly if he went to Denver.

  4. birdmantd says: Jun 23, 2017 1:53 PM

    Happy CFL Opening Weekend! We should give our fine neighbors to the north a little more love when it comes to their football.

  5. xcerebus1 says: Jun 23, 2017 2:54 PM

    Colin……opening in Calgary……

  6. xcerebus1 says: Jun 23, 2017 2:55 PM

    Colin…….opening in Calgary

  7. captainwhodat says: Jun 23, 2017 3:22 PM

    probably could start for the Jets or the Browns…

  8. 400marios says: Jun 23, 2017 3:36 PM

    Totally…he and Kaepernick could switch spots. Plus, if you’re coming in from Canada maybe standing for the National Anthem doesn’t apply to you…so the Niners are no worse off because they’d still have a guy who rides the bench and doesn’t need to stand for the National Anthem….and he’d be a lot cheaper.

  9. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 23, 2017 7:44 PM

    I’d like to see him get a shot, should be interesting to see if he can make it.

  10. gah05 says: Jun 23, 2017 10:19 PM

    I am sure he has the head to succeed, all about arm strength and accuracy now. Buffalo Bills, bring him in to camp!

  11. completefan says: Jun 25, 2017 7:05 PM

    Bo is NFL calibre.

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