Jon Ryan, Brett Jones, Stefan Charles and Akiem Hicks are four NFL players that played their university football in Canada at the University of Regina. Tevaughn Campbell is looking to make it five after signing a deal with the New York Jets on Friday.
“It would be crazy to add to that list.” Campbell said during an appearance on 620 CKRM’s Sportscage Friday hours after his signing was made official.
The 25-year-old defensive back from Toronto has played with the Stampeders, Riders and Alouettes since being taken in the 3rd round of the 2015 CFL draft by Calgary.
Campbell , who says he had a choice between the Jets and Green Bay Packers, is excited to have a chance at cracking the roster of the Jets who finished 4-12 this past season.
Campbell, who also played for Canada’s national sevens rugby team, says having that experience has made him a better football player.
“The one thing that I think playing sevens did for me was it improved my tackling.” Campbell said. “The fast pace of sevens was also something that I think made me better because there is a lot riding on you because you are on a bigger field than a CFL field. There’s a lot riding on you to make tackles, secure the ball, stay in bounds and do some things that you don’t think about when playing football. I am going to go in, work on me and show everyone what I can do on the field.”
Campbell, who besides his work in football and rugby also won the Canadian University title in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6,67 seconds, isn’t sure if the Jets will look to have him as a defensive back or a kick returner, but he is hoping to be a member of the secondary and be a starter if all goes right.