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Posted on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 9:50 a.m.

Ex-Michigan football quarterback Tate Forcier released by the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats

By Nick Baumgardner

Tate Forcier's professional career is roughly one month old.

And it's already hit its first speed bump.

The former Michigan football quarterback was released Friday by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a professional team in the Canadian Football League.


Tate Forcier's was released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League on Friday.

The Tiger-Cats, who signed Forcier on May 14, are currently preparing for the upcoming season. Hamilton has only played one exhibition to this point, a 29-24 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

In that game, Forcier went 0-for-4 through the air with one interception. He carried the ball once for seven yards. Two days later he was released before ever playing in an actual regular-season game.

He appeared to be the fourth quarterback on the team's depth chart, behind starter Henry Burris and reserves Quinton Porter and Dan LeFevour -- a Central Michigan product.

Forcier's Michigan career ended shortly after he was declared ineligible to compete in the Gator Bowl at the close of the 2010 season. Early that January, Michigan announced he was no longer part of the team.

After failed transfer attempts at both Miami and San Jose State, Forcier gave up his remaining collegiate eligibility to sign with Hamilton last month. And now, it appears he'll be plotting his next move.

In 2009, Forcier became just the third true freshman starting quarterback for a Michigan football team. He was eventually beat out by current Wolverine starter Denard Robinson for the top spot, and finished his Wolverine career with 2,647 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Tue, Jun 19, 2012 : 2:36 p.m.

I'd pick Dan LeFevour too.


Mon, Jun 18, 2012 : 8:46 a.m.

Well he got his dream, Tate was a Pro Qb for exactly one month. I guess dad Ruining his childhood was all worth it. Congrats Papa Forcier, your little boy made one paycheck (Couple hundred bucks I'm sure) in the CFL. Use that money wisely and get your Chauffer's license, Dads got a new Limo coming in with Tate's number on it.

Dale Renner

Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 2:35 p.m.

Very sad. He had so much potential and threw all away! He was exciting to watch and play in his short stint with The University of michigan!!


Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 2:15 p.m.

Why did Michigan let him go? Or was he not trying after Denard got his spot.


Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 12:39 a.m.

The Forcier excuse machine is ready.......wonder what it will come up with.....or whose fault it is, but not Tate's of course


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 10:19 p.m.

"Show me someone who has not failed and I'll show you someone who hasn't accomplished anything worthwhile." Tate has accumulated a wealth of experience from the past few years, and I hope he's able to view these as lessons instead of let-downs. If he's patient with himself he'll discover what it is that really motivates him and be able to focus on that which will give him lifelong success and satisfaction. Hey Tate -- "NFL" stands for "Not For Long" for many players, anyway. You're obviously gifted, so hang in there and take time to grow as a person. The rest will follow :-) Best wishes from A2!

David Paris

Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 8:13 p.m.

This kid would not have been recruited by Coach Hoke in a million years because he was Never qualified to be here. Can please find a more suitable picture of Mr Forcier for your next article, such as, in street clothes?

Mike D

Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 6:18 p.m.

I love all of the coments about education. It is very clear that Tate is not interested in education. The bottom line is that although it was fun to watch him in RichRod's Offense, he is like a million other kids with athletic ability who do not improve. I wish him all of the luck in the world.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 7:37 p.m.

Mike concerning young Mr Tate, we will never know if your statement is correct and I reiterate, concerning young Mr Tate.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 5:56 p.m.

Tate should not have been given so much responsibility so soon at Mich. Yes there are kids that can handle it, Tate apparently was one of those kids that needed more time and handling. I liked the kid he had spunk but unfortunately spunk does not take you all the way and just having spunk can get in your way at times. Good luck to young Mr Tate Forcier and I mean it when I say I hope he lands on his feet.


Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 5:02 p.m.

Obviously not young Tate. I assume your insinuating that Tate was all we had well, when you start a freshman it's an experiment of sorts since you really have no idea if that freshman can handle it. That being said the experiment with Tate was a failure and it devastated Tate. Do you remember Tate's Tantrum when he was pulled and Denard put in. Tate put on a childish exhibition and displayed his immaturity for all to see. At the very least it is my opinion that he might have made a decent backup his sophmore year but starter, absolutely not, in my opinion.


Sat, Jun 16, 2012 : 10:26 a.m.

So, in your opinion, who should have been the Qbs in 2009?


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 5 p.m.

He's making the same sorts of mistakes that many young people make and, unfortunately, we find that those mistakes stay with us. Any hope of a college career is now over and it looks like his hopes for a pro one are whittling down as well. You live and you learn. Good luck to him moving forward in his life.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

Tate is becoming a pretty sad story. He had such potential coming into college.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

Should have got his degree and spent 4 years with the program regardless of playing time. That network of good old boys takes care of each other.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 4:10 p.m.

If only he had the right support structure around him to realize that. You're exactly right though. If he held on to be a 3rd string quarterback at UofM (behind Devin, behind Denard) and graduated he'd be SUPER successful at life. He gave UofM a great year and alumni would remember that. If only he could have showcased a positive attitude, you better believe he'd get a shot at a real nice job from one of the "good ole boys" in the alumni network. What a waste.

Macabre Sunset

Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 3:11 p.m.

It is a cautionary tale for those who have some talent and a helicopter parent that continually transferring schools to try and find the perfect situation is not necessarily an effective career-building strategy. Tate still has other options available, but I hope he decides to obtain a secondary education. Counting on professional football providing a life-long income is definitely a long shot.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 3:07 p.m.

HAHA, The 1st of Michigan's 3 consecutive September Heisman's


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

Can we please stop talking about this kid? Please and thank you.


Mon, Jun 18, 2012 : 7:30 a.m.

Nobody is forcing you to talk about anything you don't want to talk about.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:52 p.m.

Maybe Tate and T.O can start their own semi-pro team.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:27 p.m.

No matter what he does, he CANNOT catch a break!


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 7 p.m.

People don't generally "catch" breaks. You make them on your own, and his own downfall started when he didn't put enough time into the studying (or maybe he was never cut out for college in the first place). I hope he can get his education and begin to find life outside football.

Rabid Wolverine

Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:13 p.m.

Can we end the obsession with covering Tate yet? Please....


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 8:11 p.m.

Apparently you too were interested in Tate, as you are commenting on this article.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:25 p.m.

no. He's a one man train wreck. There is something about a train wreck that fascinates many.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:08 p.m.

A sad sage thus far for Tate. IMHO, Tate should enroll at a JUCO to restart is higher education. He can play football as well. He is very young and has his whole life ahead of him. Football is a passion for him and I can respect that and should play intercollegiate football given his skills. There are some fine JUCOs in the state of AZ. He can then be closer to Rich Rod where he might transfer and play with one year of eligibility or so. If not, I wish him the best and hope he finds finds success.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

Maybe DeVry has a football team.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:31 p.m.

Oh well...thanks for the info, Jim.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

unfortunately for Tatem I think that he forfeited any NCAA eligibility he had left when he signed with the pro team in the CFL.


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 1:57 p.m.

Wellllll.....not surprising given that performance. Arena Ball is next!


Mon, Jun 18, 2012 : 9:12 p.m.

Didn't he bolt after winning the Heisman his Freshman year?


Fri, Jun 15, 2012 : 2:19 p.m.

Sad, but a real possibility.