Duane Forde

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Duane Forde
Date of birth (1969-05-08) May 8, 1969 (age 46)
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status National
Position(s) FB
College Western Ontario
Career history
As player
1991-1992 Calgary Stampeders
1993 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1994-1995 Toronto Argonauts
1996-2000 Calgary Stampeders
2001-2002 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Honours Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame

Duane Forde (born May 8, 1969) is a Canadian Football League broadcaster for TSN and a former player in the CFL. He is married to the former TSN reporter Sheri Forde.[1]

Born in Toronto, Forde played twelve seasons for the Calgary Stampeders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Forde, who spent four years as the team captain of the Stampeders, had a consecutive games played streak of 150, counting regular season and postseason games, over an eight-season period.[2] Forde's teams reached the Grey Cup on five occasions (1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, and 1999), winning twice (1992 and 1998).[1]

Forde had previously played in CIS football for the Western Ontario Mustangs from 1987 to 1990. While he was at UWO, the Mustangs lost just once in the regular season, and they won the 1989 Vanier Cup. Selected two times as the Mustangs' Most Valuable Player, Forde co-captained the 1989 team.[2]

In 2008, Forde joined TSN as a commentator for their Friday Night Football broadcasts. Forde serves as the secondary commentator, calling games with play by play announcer Rod Black.[1] Forde was also an analyst for TSN.ca's coverage of the 2008 CFL Draft. Before joining TSN, Forde served as a commentator for The Score's CIS football telecasts from 2006 to 2007 and was a CFL analyst for Rogers Sportsnet from 2003 to 2005. He has known as the premier Canadian College Draft expert and occasionally referred to by media members as the Mel Kiper Jr. of the CFL.[3][4]

Since 2010, Forde has run the National Invitational Combine during the same week that the CFL holds its own evaluation camp.[5]

Recently his name has come up with regards to the opening with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for their Assistant General Manager position.[6][7]

Forde is a member of the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

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