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Jesse Alexander
Date of birth: (1981-05-08) May 8, 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth: Kitchener, Ontario
Career information
Position(s): LB
University: Wilfrid Laurier
CFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 37
Drafted by: Saskatchewan Roughriders
Organizations

Jesse Alexander (born May 8, 1981) is a former Canadian football linebacker who played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.[1] He played college football for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. In 2004, he was named a second-year CIS all-star.[2] The following year, Alexander helped the Golden Hawks win their second Vanier Cup.[3]

In 2006, Alexander became eligible for the CFL Draft. Both the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts expressed interest in signing Alexander.[4] He was selected in the fifth round of the 2006 CFL Draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders,[5] but the Roughriders released him in their final cuts before the regular season.[6] Despite an offer to join the Roughriders' practice squad, Alexander chose to return to Wilfrid Laurier and play out his final year of college eligibility.[7][8] He was nominated for the Presidents' Trophy, which is awarded to the best defensive player in Canada, and was also named an all-Canadian defensive player.[9][10]

Alexander was re-signed by the Roughriders in 2007, but again failed to earn a spot on the final roster.[11] After being released by the Roughriders, Alexander signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and played his only two professional games in place of the injured Raymond Fontaine before being released.[1][12][13] In April 2008, he was picked up by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for training camp, but was released in mid-June.[14][15]

In 2007, Alexander returned to Wilfrid Laurier University as a linebacker coach for the Golden Hawks. He briefly left his coaching role to join the Blue Bombers, but returned to his position after being cut.[15] May 2016, Alexander coached linebackers with the Golden Hawks.[16] As of March 2017, Alexander became the special teams coordinator at York University.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Maher, Tod; Gill, Bob (2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946–2012. Maher Sports Media. p. 142. ISBN 978-0983513667.
  2. "Five Mac players named to CIS football all-star teams". Hamilton Spectator: p. SP03. November 25, 2004.
  3. Rivet, Christine (December 5, 2005). "Champions!; Hawks prove point, show Ontario conference is force to be reckoned with; Small football school wins big". The Record: p. D1.
  4. Rivet, Christine (April 3, 2006). "Lords of the rings; Laurier Hawks get their reward – and one last chance to 'fly high'". The Record: p. D1.
  5. Rivet, Christine (April 21, 2006). "St. David grad Congi drafted 12th overall". The Record: p. C4.
  6. Davis, Darrell (June 12, 2006). "Barrett expects vets to take responsibility". Leader-Post: p. C3.
  7. Brown, Josh (June 15, 2006). "Rosters feature 10 players with local connections". The Record: p. C2.
  8. Rivet, Christine (September 2, 2006). "Hawks set to soar; OUA football preview; Gee-Gees and Marauders will be in hot pursuit of defending champs". The Record: p. E1.
  9. Rivet, Christine (November 22, 2006). "Waterloo lineman Best lives up to his name". The Record: p. C1.
  10. Rivet, Christine (November 24, 2006). "Best is best of the best; UW lineman tops in Canada". The Record: p. D1.
  11. "Riders sign three players". Leader-Post: p. C3. March 6, 2007.
  12. Brown, Josh (June 28, 2007). "Tabbies lean on Radlein; Veteran fullback one of 12 players with local ties to suit up this season". The Record: p. C1.
  13. Sekeres, Matthew (July 6, 2007). "Allen at No. 3: 'I am a fierce competitor'; Bishop Starts Tomorrow; Veteran, 43, Recalls Early Days To Cope With Argos' Moves". National Post: p. S3.
  14. Rivet, Christine (April 30, 2008). "Pinder learns CFL fate today". The Record: p. C4.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Rivet, Christine (June 14, 2008). "CFL camps filled with 13 local players". The Record: p. E4.
  16. "Coaching Staff" (in en-US). 29 July 2015. https://laurierfootball.com/about/coaching-staff/. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
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