Joey Elliott’s up and down CFL life continues


To keep it simple, Joey Elliott’s days as a quarterback in the Canadian Football League appear numbered.

He’s now been waived by two different teams, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the B.C. Lions, but he caught a break when the Lions brought him back last Wednesday two weeks after cutting him.

Elliott already had shipped some of his belongings back home to Evansville, but since he had paid his month’s rent he took agent Dan Vertlieb’s advice and stuck around to see if any other CFL team might be interested.

When the Lions had starter Travis Lulay go down with a shoulder injury, Elliott was added back to the roster as a backup QB. He was off the roster for 11 days.

He’s now third on the depth chart behind second-year pro Thomas DeMarco, who is now the starter, and veteran Buck Pierce and rookie Chris Hart. Elliott also battled Pierce for playing time in Winnipeg.

“You’ve gotta have a thick skin at the quarterback position,” Elliott told the Vancouver Sun. “Getting released, my buddies back home asked me, ‘What are you going to do?’ Well, I was a free agent the week before the start of training camp. I did what a free agent does. I worked out and tried to refine my skills.”

Elliott’s next career move could be to turn to coaching. While has said in the past that he would love to coach in the NFL or college (and had a grad assistant opportunity at LSU), don’t be surprised to see him join his dad, John, at Ballard Memorial High School in Barlow, Ky. Those Bombers are off to a 5-0 start.

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About Randy Beard

Randy Beard has been at the Courier & Press since 2007 and became the sports editor in 2012. He has previously been a sports editor at the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. He began his professional sports journalist career in 1976 and has spent his career primarily covering college sports in the ACC, SEC and Big Ten. He's also covered the NFL, the original North American Soccer League and professional tennis and golf. He's covered two Super Bowls, three college football national championship games, dozens of NCAA basketball tournament games, an Olympics, a World Cup and once hung out with soccer legend George Best for two days and sat in a golf cart with Jan Stephenson.

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