American Football Database
Drew Tate
BC Lions
File:2019, Coach Drew Tate.jpg
Tate before a Lions game in 2019.
Born: (1984-10-08) October 8, 1984 (age 37)
Baytown, Texas
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight192 lb (87 kg)
High schoolRobert E. Lee
NFL draft2007 / Undrafted
Career history
As coach
2019–presentBC Lions
As player
2007St. Louis Rams*
20072008Saskatchewan Roughriders*
20092016Calgary Stampeders
2017Ottawa Redblacks
2018Saskatchewan Roughriders
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Drew Tate (born October 8, 1984) is the quarterbacks coach for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and a former professional gridiron football quarterback. He played college football at Iowa and was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Tate has also played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Redblacks in the CFL. He was a defensive analyst for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in 2018, before coming out of retirement to join the Roughriders. On December 17, 2018, Tate retired from professional football and was named quarterbacks coach for the Lions the following day.[1]

Early years

Tate attended Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas, where he was coached there by his stepfather Dick Olin and had a record breaking career. He ranks first in the Texas high school football record book in career pass attempts and completions, ahead of Graham Harrell. He also ranks second in career passing yards with 12,183, behind Harrell (12,532), and third in career touchdown passes with 113, behind Harrell (167) and Colt McCoy (116).

He originally committed to Texas A&M, but de-committed after R. C. Slocum was replaced with Dennis Franchione. Tate also noted that he would likely sit behind established starter Reggie McNeal,[2] so he chose to play for the University of Iowa under coach Kirk Ferentz. He played in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career

2005 Capital One Bowl

At a game well-attended by Iowa fans in Orlando, Florida, the Hawkeye defense played strong against the LSU offense. However, LSU took their first lead with 56 seconds remaining. On the game’s final play, Tate attained fame when he threw a 56-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to senior Warren Holloway as time expired. This was Holloway's only touchdown at Iowa. Many Iowa fans say this was the greatest play in the school's football history.[3]


Professional career

St. Louis Rams

On May 3, 2007, Tate signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent, but he became expendable after the Rams signed Brock Berlin. Tate was released on May 22, 2007.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

After his release from the Rams, Tate signed a practice roster agreement with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2007. After spending two years on either the practice roster or the injured reserve list, Tate was removed from the practice roster on November 9, 2008 and became a free agent.[4]

Calgary Stampeders

Tate signed with the Calgary Stampeders on June 3, 2009.

On November 9, 2010, Tate signed a contract extension with the Stampeders. Due to ineffective play by incumbent quarterback Henry Burris, Tate received his first professional start against his former team, the Roughriders, on October 22, 2011 and posted a 25–13 win.[5] Tate went on to lead the Stampeders to three straight wins to the finish off the regular season. Drew Tate made his first CFL Playoff start against the Edmonton Eskimos. Tate struggled throwing 5 completions in 10 attempts for 99 yards and an interception. At the start of the second half he was replaced by Henry Burris who could not lead the Stamps to victory, thus ending the season. In the off-season the Stamps traded away Burris making Tate the starting quarterback.

He opened the 2012 CFL season with a dominant win over the Montreal Alouettes. However, in the second week of the season Tate suffered a dislocated shoulder in his non-throwing arm.[6] Tate opted to perform surgery on it immediately, seemingly ending his season. However, Tate returned to play in the final two games of the regular season. Tate was announced the starter for Stamps home game of the Western Division Semi-Finals against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He broke his forearm and may have suffered a concussion during the game but played the entire game nonetheless. His 68-yard TD pass to Romby Bryant with only 20 seconds left gave the Stamps the victory. However, the broken forearm would cause him to miss the Western Final and the 100th Grey Cup.[7]

In Week 2 of the 2013 CFL season Tate could not finish the game after straining a forearm muscle in his throwing arm early in the game. Tate confessed to feeling pain in the same muscle in the month prior to the injury but played through the pre-season and majority of the first 2 weeks.[8] Tate was listed as day-to-day and did not start Week 3 against the Montreal Alouettes; his back-up QB Kevin Glenn played in his place.[9] Tate was expected to return to the starting position for Week 7, however, he suffered a setback to his throwing arm in practice leading up to the August 9th game. On August 8 it was announced that Tate would miss an additional 2–3 weeks. Coach Hufnagel compared the injury to tennis elbow.[10] Tate finished the 2013 season having only played in 7 games due to various injuries. In the off-season starting quarterback Kevin Glenn was selected by the Ottawa RedBlacks in the Expansion Draft. On January 14, 2014 Tate was signed to a contract extension.[11]

Tate was primarily used in short yardage situations and led the CFL in rushing touchdowns during the 2014 season with ten scores as the backup to Bo Levi Mitchell.[12][13] He scored two one-yard rushing touchdowns in the Stampeders' 20–16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 102nd Grey Cup.[12] As a passer Tate attempted his second most passes in a single season with 111, completing a career low of only 59.5% of them. Less than one month prior to becoming a free-agent Drew Tate and the Stampeders agreed to a contract extension.[14] Tate continued as the Stamps backup quarterback behind Bo Levi Mitchell for the 2015 and 2016 seasons; starting in only 1 game each season to rest Mitchell for the playoffs.[15]

Ottawa Redblacks

On February 21, 2017, Tate was traded to the Ottawa Redblacks for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2018 CFL Draft.[16] He was the team's back-up quarterback and started one game for the Redblacks after incumbent starter, Trevor Harris, was out due to injury. He was released on the eve of 2018 free agency on February 12, 2018.[17] On June 1, 2018, Tate announced his retirement, and accepted a coaching position at Coastal Carolina as a defensive analyst.[18][19]

Saskatchewan Roughriders (II)

On November 3, 2018, the final day of the 2018 regular season, Tate came out of retirement to join the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the team he started his CFL career with ten years prior. On December 17, 2018 Tate announced he was retiring from the Canadian Football League.[20]

Career statistics

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Started Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
2009 CGY 18 0 9 11 81.8 78 0 0 99.8 2 20 10.0 20 0 0
2010 CGY 18 0 44 62 71.0 521 7 0 133.9 36 189 5.3 40 5 1
2011 CGY 13 3 101 158 63.9 1,346 8 5 94.6 44 149 3.4 16 4 1
2012 CGY 8 3 46 63 73.0 570 4 3 102.0 4 31 7.8 11 1 1
2013 CGY 18 2 59 87 67.8 755 5 1 109.1 20 77 3.9 16 3 1
2014 CGY 18 4 66 111 59.5 823 5 3 86.3 42 129 3.1 15 10 2
2015 CGY 18 1 28 37 75.7 322 3 1 117.2 9 14 1.6 9 1 0
2016 CGY 18 1 27 43 62.8 255 0 2 59.7 3 8 2.7 6 0 0
2017 OTT 18 1 30 43 69.8 338 3 1 106.5 2 12 6.0 6 0 0
CFL totals 147 15 410 615 66.7 5,008 35 16 100.9 162 629 3.9 40 24 6


  1. "Veteran QB Drew Tate announces retirement" (in en). 2018-12-17.
  2. Quarterback recruit withdraws pledge Archived February 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. "2005 Capital One Bowl- Iowa vs. LSU".
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-09-07. Transactions – November 2008
  5. Tate guides Stamps to victory in first career start
  6. "Drew Tate’s injury is concerning for the Stamps".
  7. Nov 15, The Canadian Press · Posted:; November 16, 2012 3:09 PM ET; 2012. "Broken forearm ends QB Drew Tate's season - CBC Sports".
  8. "Strained Throwing Arm Week 2, 2013 Season".
  9. "Missing Week 3 Game. July 11, 2013".
  10. "Tennis Elbow injury, mid 2013 season".
  11. "Central Figures: Tate, Mitchell extended by Stamps".
  12. 12.0 12.1 Denomme, Ian (November 30, 2014). "Backup quarterback Drew Tate plays major role in limited time in Stampeders' Grey Cup win". Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  13. "Rushing – 2014". Archived from the original on January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  14. "Stamps ink Tate to new deal".
  15. "Drew Tate to start for Stampeders in Week 19". 2016-10-28.
  16. "REDBLACKS acquire Drew Tate in trade with Stamps". 21 February 2017.
  17. "REDBLACKS release Tate; add Davis". 12 February 2018.
  18. "Former Stamps, REDBLACKS QB Drew Tate retires". 1 June 2018.
  19. Hlas, Mike. "Drew Tate enters the coaching life - on defense".
  20. "Drew Tate retires after signing for one game with Roughriders | CTV News Regina".

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