Brandon Whitaker

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Brandon Whitaker
No. 3     Toronto Argonauts
Date of birth (1985-09-07) September 7, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Edmond, Oklahoma
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) RB
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg)
College Baylor
CFL draft 2008 / Undrafted
Career history
As player
20082014 Montreal Alouettes
2015–present Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
Grey Cup champion (2009, 2010)
CFL All-Star 2011
CFL East All-Star 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
Career stats

Brandon Marcel Whitaker (born September 7, 1985) is a professional Canadian football running back for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Montreal Alouettes in 2008. He played college football for the Baylor Bears, where he majored in communications. Whitaker is a two-time Grey Cup champion, winning back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010 with the Alouettes.

Professional career[edit]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

In his first two seasons in the league Whitaker was used a rotational back. In 2011, he took over the starting role from Avon Cobourne, and he made an immediate impact. Whitaker led the CFL in rushing with 1,381 yards on 226 carries.[1] He also added 638 receiving yards to surpass 2,000 yards from scrimmage and had six-100 yard rushing games.[2] Whitaker tore his ACL in September of the 2012 season, resulting in missing almost half the regular season.[3] Following the season Whitaker's contract expired and he attempted to sign with an NFL team, but eventually signed a new 3-year deal with the Alouettes in early June.[4] Early in the 2013 CFL season Whitaker suffered another injury, this time a separated shoulder, which resulted in him missing 13 of the 18 regular season games.[5] Whitaker played in the first 13 games of the 2014 season before landing on the 6-game injured list with a foot injury to wrap up the season.[6] Prior to the injury he managed to cross 1,000 yards from scrimmage for the third time in his career; earning a East Division all-star award.

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

On June 21, 2015 Whitaker signed with division rivals the Toronto Argonauts. In his first season in Toronto Whitaker was the Argos lead running back, carrying the ball 121 times for 636 yards, while also contributing 53 receptions for 444 yards in the passing game. His efforts resulted in him being named a East Division all-star for the second consecutive season.

In his second season with the Argos Whitaker was named an East Division all-star again after racking up 1,009 yards and three touchdowns on 189 carries, becoming the 41st player in CFL history to rush for 5,000 career yards in the process. Following the season he was no re-signed and became a free agent on February 14, 2017. Nevertheless, Whitaker and the Argos agreed to a new contract on March 30, 2017.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Denise Hill and Aaron Whitaker.

Whitaker appeared on the CBC program Hello Goodbye while awaiting for his is mother to arrive at the Pearson airport.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  2. ^ "Official site of the Canadian Football League". CFL.ca. 1985-09-07. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  3. ^ "Alouettes running back Whitaker out for season". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Brandon Whitaker a mis une croix sur la NFL | Miguel Bujold | Football". La Presse (in French). Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  5. ^ "Montreal Alouettes roster decimated by injuries | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  6. ^ Reserved., . All Rights (2014-10-10). "Montreal Alouettes add running back Brandon Whitaker to 6-game injured list". canada.com. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  7. ^ "Argonauts re-sign All-Star RB Whitaker - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 

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