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Posted on Mon, May 14, 2012 : 6:56 p.m.

Former Michigan QB Tate Forcier signs with CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats

By Nick Baumgardner

Tate Forcier's college career seems to have ended.

The former Michigan football quarterback confirmed to on Monday via text message that he's signed to play with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

The news was first reported by's Joe Schad.

"I'm so excited and happy to have this chance after everything I've gone through," Forcier told


Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier will play in the Canadian Football League next season. file photo

According to the ESPN report, Forcier will likely be a backup with Hamilton and will report to the team at the end of the month before beginning the season in June.

After being ruled ineligible to participate in the Gator Bowl at the end of the 2010 season, Michigan announced in January of last year that Forcier was no longer a member of the football program.

From there, Forcier planned to transfer to Miami to play football, but -- reportedly due to personal reasons -- never did. Forcier eventually enrolled at San Jose State, but never actually played, reportedly leaving the program due to academics.

In 2009, Forcier became just the third true freshman starting quarterback for a Michigan football team.

Forcier eventually lost the job to Denard Robinson after Michigan's 5-7 2009 campaign, and had a rocky road in Ann Arbor from there before officially departing after the 2010 campaign.

He finished his Michigan career with 2,647 passing yards to go along with 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.



Wed, May 16, 2012 : 12:31 p.m.

Tate Forcier is a big-time gamer. He demonstrated great fortitude while playing at UM. He played injured often, and still made plenty of trick plays. Great respect and best wishes forward, young man. Play some ball, have some fun, make some money, earn a degree later.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 6:14 p.m.

Good luck Tate. CFL is also a likely option for Denard if he insists on playing QB.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 4:29 p.m.

my thoughts exactly michboy. i'll give him credit for stepping into a bad situation, bad coach/staff/team and giving us some exciting moments though. hopefully tater will make a little money, get back to school someday, grow up and make something of himself. GO BLUE!!


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 1:39 a.m.

He was a true freshman when he started, a lot of freshmen and sophomores were playing. I don't think anyone thought that them was going to contend for a Big Ten title. The coaching staff can take some blame but not all of it. The cupboard WAS bare no matter what anyone else may say or think.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 7:57 p.m.

Anybody who saw the kind of stuff Tate was into around town (mainly drinking and partying) knows he brought about his own demise.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 1:32 p.m.

"I'm so excited and happy to have this chance after everything I've gone through," This should read, "I'm so excited and happy to have this chance after everything I've put myself through,"


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 1:24 p.m.

Tate Forcier is the Wolverine Nation's version of Brandon Inge.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 3:21 p.m.

Well...if that holds true...Tate will do much better in the CFL than he did here! Just look at Brandon's numbers since being release from Detroit


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 11:44 a.m.

He seems to want everything but a college degree, always moving from this program to the the CFL......


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 11:04 a.m.

Tate is a great player despite his record ( he played on a bad team). The only person getting in his way is Tate Forcier, I hope he makes some money --saves it and uses it to return to college after his playing days are over.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 3:42 a.m.

"...after everything I've gone through." Class was one thing Tate never went through, or to. Woody Allen once said "80% of success is just showing up." Success in life as an adult does not come from doing only the things you "feel like" doing. Time will tell whether he ever achieves adulthood.


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 7:10 p.m.

Woody Allen stole that, and it really is 80% of life is just showing up


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 11:46 a.m.

I could not agree more.....eventually he has to commit to something and not let every little hiccup cause him to move on and on and on.....

Ben Pargament

Tue, May 15, 2012 : 2 a.m.

Who cares.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 6:16 p.m.

I do.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 5:27 p.m.

You seem to.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 1:53 a.m.

As a spread QB, he could do very well in the CFL, and make more money (for a while) than most of us do. I hope that he will get a degree somewhere., and I hope he has grown up.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 1:25 a.m.

This kid had a lot of issues when he was here. Hopefully he has gotten himself together.

Scott Laux

Tue, May 15, 2012 : 1:03 a.m.

Some people just aren't academically inclined. Tate gave us a great win over Notre Dame. I hope he does well up in Canada. Not a bad job- playing professional football anywhere.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 12:38 a.m.

Well, I hope this gives Forcier some purpose and structure in his life. He never seemed like a bad kid ... just a mixed-up one. Forcier showed flashes of brilliance in 2009 ... I wish he had stuck around. Borges could have done some really good things with him. Forcier+Robinson in the backfield? Wow.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 12:22 a.m.

Good for him. While we can debate his merits and faults, he's definitely had a rocky road... Hopefully this will provide some stability for him.

Terry Star21

Tue, May 15, 2012 : 12:07 a.m.

Thank you Tate for the memories - you had some great games, exciting plays....


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 12:02 a.m.

Not having a college degree is a mistake.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 6:11 p.m.

A lot of jobs require a bachelors degree, no matter from what school or what degree...just that it's from an accredited university. Get a degree even if school "isn't for you."


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 6 p.m.

There are a handful of professions that require a degree -- doctors, lawyers, engineers, college professors, to name a few -- but for the most part, college is a complete waste of time. College teaches you how to be good at academia. It teaches you practically NOTHING about life. The wealthiest people I know didn't go to college, and a couple didn't finish high school. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 2:10 p.m.

College isn't for everybody. Many persons don't like and can't handle high school much less college.

Stephen Landes

Mon, May 14, 2012 : 11:47 p.m.

Best wishes to Tate. I hope he finds what he is looking for. He was here and played hard for Michigan when we needed someone to take over at QB.


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 3:26 a.m.

Stephen, I agree 100% He's all heart man, he gave his all when he played here. May god be with you Tate! You will always be a Wolverine.


Mon, May 14, 2012 : 11:40 p.m.

How bad is that team that they'd sign a kid who was 5-7 in his only year starting as QB at the college level, played sparingly in a backup role for another season, then quit on not one, but TWO schools and never saw the field again?


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 6:13 p.m.

Yeah Tate really sucked at cornerback and gave up a lot of big plays that led to those losses.


Tue, May 15, 2012 : 6:02 p.m.

They like to say his name, eh?