Chris Getzlaf
No. 89     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-01-09) January 9, 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth: Regina, Saskatchewan
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Chris Getzlaf (born January 9, 1983) is a Canadian professional football slotback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Early life[edit | edit source]

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Getzlaf grew up playing ice hockey in addition to football with his younger brother, Ryan,[1] an NHL All-Star for the Anaheim Ducks.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Getzlaf played with the junior Prairie Thunder[1] and collegiate Regina Rams in his hometown before being drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the fifth round, 33rd overall, in the 2007 CFL Draft. After dressing for the first two games of the season, he spent the rest of the season on two team's practice rosters, as he was then traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders with Corey Holmes in exchange for Jason Armstead on August 19, 2007.[2] While he was on the practice roster during the Roughriders' 2007 Grey Cup victory, he still shared in the win, meaning that both he and his brother, Ryan, ended up 2007 champions with their respective teams.

Getzlaf started the 2008 season on the practice roster, but with a rash of injuries at the receiver position, he was pressed into action, making his Rider debut on Oct 3, 2008. In this game against the Calgary Stampeders, he recorded his first career CFL catch and touchdown, finishing the game with five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. He dressed for the final five games of the season, finishing with 15 catches for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He also contributed one catch for 13 yards in the Roughriders' loss to the BC Lions in the 2008 West Semi-Final.

Heading into the 2009 season, Getzlaf looked to improve upon his strong play at the end of the previous season and spent the first four weeks as a backup receiver. After Andy Fantuz was injured in a week 4 game against Edmonton, Getzlaf started the Week 5 game against the Calgary Stampeders, contributing in a major way. He had a huge day with five receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns including the opening score of the game and a 65-yard touchdown with 1:17 remaining in the game to give the Roughriders an improbable 24-23 comeback victory.[3][4] It was the first 100-yard receiving game of his career. Once Fantuz came back from injury in the Banjo Bowl, Getzlaf retained his starter's position, with Jason Clermont being relegated to a backup role; hence, he started 14 games during the regular season. Getzlaf finished with a team-leading six touchdown receptions and was tied with Andy Fantuz for the team lead in two-point conversions with two. Interestingly, out of his nine career touchdowns (including post-season), six have come against the Stampeders. In the 2009 West Final, Getzlaf had three catches for 21 yards and a touchdown, which was part of the 27-17 win over the Stampeders that featured all Roughrider scoring by Canadian players. He had two catches for 15 yards in the 2009 Grey Cup, a 28-27 loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

On Jan. 15, 2010, it was formally announced that Getzlaf had re-signed with the Roughriders, rather than becoming a free agent.[5]

On June 20, 2012, the Riders announced that Getzlaf has signed a contract extension.[6]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games No. Yards Avg Long TD Games No. Yards Avg Long TD
2007 HAM/SSK 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2008 SSK 5 15 247 16.5 55 2 1 1 13 13.0 13 0
2009 SSK 18 41 531 13.0 65 6 2 5 36 7.2 10 1
2010 SSK 18 55 946 17.2 85 5 3 12 142 11.8 30 1
2011 SSK 18 60 1,071 17.9 70 10 Team did not qualify
2012 SSK 17 65 864 13.3 40 2 1 2 19 9.5 12 0
CFL totals 76 236 3,659 15.5 85 25 7 20 210 10.5 30 2

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • First Team All-Canadian (collegiate) - 2006[2]

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