Fans of the Blue and Gold have plenty to celebrate this morning, as the Bombers announced that quarterback Chris Streveler is coming back for the 2024 season.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced on Wednesday morning that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with quarterback Chris Streveler.
Streveler played a vital role in the Bombers' 2019 Grey Cup run, playing backup to starting QB Matt Nichols. Once Nichols was injured in mid-August in a game against the B.C. Lions, Steveler led the team to a 1-4 record before the teams acquired verteran quarterback Zach Collaros from the Toronto Argonauts in a trade deadline-day transaction.
After the Grey Cup win in 2019, Streveler headed south to the NFL where he spent part of the last four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets.
Streveler was originally a third-string quarterback for the Bombers in 2018, when he was thrust into a starting role to open up that season, due to the sudden retirement of Darian Durant, and an injury to Matt Nichols near the end of training camp.
The Blue Bombers said in a media release on Wednesday morning, "that made him the first straight-from-college quarterback to start Week 1 for a CFL team since Anthony Calvillo with the Las Vegas Posse in 1994 and the first for the Blue Bombers since John Schneider in 1968.
"He threw for 11 touchdowns in his first season in Winnipeg while rushing for 10 more, making him the first Winnipeg QB since Matt Dunigan to hit double-digit touchdown totals through the air and along the ground."
Steveler's run-and-gun style made him a fan favourite in Winnipeg. His 726 yards rushing in 2019 established a club record by a quarterback, eclipsing Ken Ploen’s mark of 541, set in 1960. His Grey Cup victory wardrobe of a fur coat and white cowboy hat also sealed his fate as a Blue Bombers legend for the fanbase.
Streveler started 12 games in 2018 and 2019 with the Blue Bombers, going 4-8 in those games. He threw for 2,698 yards with 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions during his days with the club, and rushed for 1,167 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Streveler began his college career at the University of Minnesota, playing both quarterback and receiver before transferring to the University of South Dakota. In his two seasons with the Coyotes, he threw for 6,081 yards and 54 touchdowns. In 2017, Streveler was named MVFC (Missouri Valley Football Conference) Offensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the most outstanding offensive player in the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision.