OTTAWA – Henry Burris, the vaunted and wily veteran quarterback of 15 Canadian Football League seasons, is bringing his talents to the league’s newest team.
The 38-year-old native of Spiro, Oklahoma, has signed with the Ottawa REDBLACKS, becoming the fourth quarterback on the team’s pre-season depth chart, joining Kevin Glenn, Thomas DeMarco and Matt Faulkner.
As per team policy, details of the contract will not be disclosed.
Burris brings an impressive list of credentials to Ottawa-Gatineau:
“Henry’s credentials speak for themselves. His addition to our team’s depth chart is a major step for our team and our organization,” said REDBLACKS general manager Marcel Desjardins. “Henry is a true professional both on and off the field and we all know that he will be ready to compete when our training camp begins this spring.”
Ottawa will be the fourth stop for Burris in his CFL career, after Calgary, Regina and Hamilton.
“I’m very excited to make Ottawa my next CFL home,” said Burris. “I’ve heard many great things about the new stadium and how people are getting excited about football coming back to Ottawa. I’m really looking forward to being part of that scene.”
Burris (6-1, 190 lbs.) entered the CFL in 1997 with Calgary before heading to Regina to join the Roughriders in 2000. He spent one season with the Roughriders before signing with the Green Bay Packers of the NFL.
He played one season with the Packers before joining the Chicago Bears in 2002, playing in six games and starting once.
In 2003, Burris began the season with Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe before returning to Canada and Regina where he spent the remainder of 2003 and 2004.
He rejoined the Stampeders in 2005 and played seven seasons in Calgary before being traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats prior to the 2012 season for Kevin Glenn, offensive lineman Mark Dewit and a conditional draft pick.
Burris had a standout season in 2012 in Hamilton, throwing 391 completions on 604 attempts for 5,367 yards and 43 touchdowns, all career highs. The completion, passing yards and touchdown totals became all-time Hamilton records. The passing yardage and touchdowns led the CFL.
Last year, he helped the Tiger-Cats to a Grey Cup appearance, once again leading the league in passing yardage (4,927) while throwing for 24 majors on 374 completions.
Burris played college football with the Temple Owls (1993-96), setting several school records during four collegiate seasons.
By: Barre Campbell