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Drew Tate

Drew Tate
No. 4     Calgary Stampeders
Date of birth (1984-10-08) October 8, 1984
Place of birth Baytown, Texas
Career information
Status Active
CFL status International
Position(s) QB
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg)
College Iowa
High school Robert E. Lee
NFL draft 2007 / Undrafted
Hand Right
Career history
As player
2007 St. Louis Rams*
2007–2008 Saskatchewan Roughriders*
2009–present Calgary Stampeders
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
  • Playing stats at

Drew Tate (born October 8, 1984) is a professional American and Canadian football quarterback for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Iowa.

Tate has also played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
    • 2005 Capital One Bowl 2.1
    • Honors 2.2
  • Professional career 3
    • St. Louis Rams 3.1
    • Saskatchewan Roughriders 3.2
    • Calgary Stampeders 3.3
  • Career statistics 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Tate attended Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas, where he was coached there by his stepfather Dick Olin and had a record breaking career. He ranks first in the Texas high school football record book in career pass attempts and completions, ahead of Graham Harrell. He also ranks second in career passing yards with 12,183, behind Harrell (12,532), and third in career touchdown passes with 113, behind Harrell (167) and Colt McCoy (116).

He originally committed to Texas A&M, but de-committed after R. C. Slocum was replaced with Dennis Franchione. Tate also noted that he would likely sit behind established starter Reggie McNeal,[1] so he chose to play for the University of Iowa under coach Kirk Ferentz. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career

2005 Capital One Bowl

At a game well-attended by Iowa fans in Orlando, Florida, the Hawkeye defense played strong against the LSU offense. However, LSU took their first lead with 56 seconds remaining. On the game’s final play, Tate attained fame when he threw a 56-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to senior Warren Holloway as time expired. Many Iowa fans say this was the greatest play in the school's football history.[2]


Professional career

St. Louis Rams

On May 3, 2007 Drew Tate signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent, but he became expendable after the Rams signed Brock Berlin. Tate was released on May 22, 2007.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

After his release from the Rams, Tate signed a practice roster agreement with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2007. After spending two years on either the practice roster or the injured reserve list, Tate was removed from the practice roster on November 9, 2008 and became a free agent.[3]

Calgary Stampeders

Tate signed with the Calgary Stampeders on June 3, 2009.

On November 9, 2010, Tate signed a contract extension with the Stampeders. Due to ineffective play by incumbent quarterback Henry Burris, Tate received his first professional start against his former team, the Roughriders, on October 22, 2011 and posted a 25-13 win.[4] Tate went on to lead the Stampeders to three straight wins to the finish off the regular season. Drew Tate made his first CFL Playoff start against the Edmonton Eskimos. Tate struggled throwing 5 completions in 10 attempts for 99 yards and an interception. At the start of the second half he was replaced by Henry Burris who could not lead the Stamps to victory, thus ending the season. In the off-season the Stamps traded away Burris making Tate the starting quarterback.

He opened the 2012 CFL season with a dominant win over the Montreal Alouettes. However, in the second week of the season Tate suffered a dislocated shoulder in his non-throwing arm.[5] Tate opted to perform surgery on it immediately, seemingly ending his season. However, Tate returned to play in the final two games of the regular season. Tate was announced the starter for Stamps home game of the Western Division Semi-Finals against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He broke his forearm and may have suffered a concussion during the game but played the entire game nonetheless. His 68 yard TD pass to Romby Bryant with only 20 seconds left gave the Stamps the victory. However, the broken forearm would cause him to miss the Western Final and the 100th Grey Cup.[6]

In Week 2 of the 2013 CFL season Tate could not finish the game after straining a forearm muscle in his throwing arm early in the game. Tate confessed to feeling pain in the same muscle in the month prior to the injury but played through the pre-season and majority of the first 2 weeks.[7] Tate was listed as day-to-day and did not start Week 3 against the Montreal Alouettes; his back-up QB Kevin Glenn played in his place.[8] Tate was expected to return to the starting position for Week 7, however, he suffered a setback to his throwing arm in practice leading up to the August 9th game. On August 8 it was announced that Tate would miss an additional 2–3 weeks. Coach Hufnagel compared the injury to tennis elbow.[9] Tate finished the 2013 season having only played in 7 games due to various injuries. In the off-season starting quarterback Kevin Glenn was selected by the Ottawa RedBlacks in the Expansion Draft. On January 14, 2014 Tate was signed to a contract extension.[10]

Tate was primarily used in short yardage situations and led the CFL in rushing touchdowns during the 2014 season with ten scores as the backup to Bo Levi Mitchell.[11][12] He scored two one-yard rushing touchdowns in the Stampeders' 20-16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 102nd Grey Cup.[11] As a passer Tate attempted his second most passes in a single season with 111, completing a career low of only 59.5% of them. Less than one month prior to becoming a free-agent Drew Tate and the Stampeders agreed to a contract extension.[13]

Career statistics

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Started Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
2009 CGY 18 0 9 11 81.8 78 0 0 99.8 2 20 10.0 20 0 0
2010 CGY 18 0 44 62 71.0 521 7 0 133.9 36 189 5.3 40 5 1
2011 CGY 13 3 101 158 63.9 1,346 8 5 94.6 44 149 3.4 16 4 1
2012 CGY 8 3 46 63 73.0 570 4 3 102.0 4 31 7.8 11 1 1
2013 CGY 18 2 59 87 67.8 755 5 1 109.1 20 77 3.9 16 3 1
2014 CGY 18 4 66 111 59.5 823 5 3 86.3 42 129 3.1 15 10 2
CFL totals 93 12 325 492 66.1 4,093 29 12 101.3 148 595 4.0 40 23 6


  1. ^ Quarterback recruit withdraws pledge
  2. ^ 2005 Capital One Bowl - Iowa vs. LSU
  3. ^ Transactions - November 2008
  4. ^ Tate guides Stamps to victory in first career start
  5. ^ Tate injures shoulder
  6. ^ Broken forearm in playoffs
  7. ^ Strained Throwing Arm Week 2, 2013 Season
  8. ^ Missing Week 3 Game. July 11, 2013
  9. ^ Tennis Elbow injury, mid 2013 season
  10. ^ Central Figures: Tate, Mitchell extended by Stamps
  11. ^ a b Denomme, Ian (November 30, 2014). "Backup quarterback Drew Tate plays major role in limited time in Stampeders' Grey Cup win". Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Rushing - 2014". Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Stamps ink Tate to new deal". CFL. 

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Preceded by
Nathan Chandler
Iowa Hawkeyes Starting Quarterback
Succeeded by
Jake Christensen
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