Tom Flacco, Lauderdale sign with Roughriders

A member of the Flacco family is joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

American quarterback Tom Flacco, the 26-year-old brother of Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco, has signed with the Green and White.

Flacco (6’1-205lbs) spent his collegiate career with the Towson Tigers where he finished third in passing touchdowns with 50, sixth in passing yards with 6,086 and sixth in passing completions with 484 in over two seasons. He was considered for the Walter Payton Award in back-to-back years.

The New Jersey quarterback made the All-CAA Second team after finishing his senior year with 2,831 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 324 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Flacco also played baseball at Towson.

Before Towson, Flacco played two years with Western Michigan.

On Friday, the Riders also signed American offensive lineman Andrew Lauderdale after spending two season in the NFL.

Lauderdale (6’6-291 lbs) had initially signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and went on to spend time on the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills practice rosters.

Playing at the University of New Hampshire, he appeared in 42 collegiate games and made 22 starts over five years as a Wildcat. In his senior year in 2016 he started 13 games at left tackle, earning Third-Team All-CAA honours, and helped the offence average 181.2 rushing yards per game and 4.6 yards per rush.

In his 2014 sophomore season, Lauderdale converted from tight end to offensive lineman and appeared in all 14 games.

A gifted all-around athlete, the New Hampshire native also played basketball and threw shot put as a prep athlete.

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