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Khalil Bass
Free agent
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1990-06-02) June 2, 1990 (age 29)
Encino, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College:Portland State
Undrafted:2013
Career history
* Winnipeg Blue Bombers (20152016)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Grey Cup champion (2017)

Khalil Bass is a gridiron football linebacker who is a free agent. He was previously a player in the Canadian Football League, where he made his debut with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2015, and also played for the Ottawa Redblacks and Toronto Argonauts where he won the 105th Grey Cup. He also played for the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

Professional careerEdit

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Edit

Coming out of Portland State University, Bass went unsigned following his graduation in 2013. While training, Bass made ends meet by caring for dogs at a pet daycare.[1] It took a combined 7 workouts with 4 CFL teams before Bass made a roster; the BC Lions felt Bass lacked coverage skills and the Ottawa Redblacks had concerns about his speed and movement in space. The day after a workout with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Bass had his 4th workout in two and a half years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who signed him on February 23, 2015 as an undrafted free agent.[2] He made the team, and played in all 18 games his rookie year, finishing 4th in the league with 99 tackles.[3] Bass also recorded 5 sacks, forced a fumble, and intercepted a pass which he returned for a touchdown. His performance earned him the honors of Most Outstanding Rookie for the Blue Bombers team. The following year, Bass helped the Bombers earn a playoff berth by putting up 82 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions of which one was returned for a score. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Ottawa Redblacks Edit

Bass signed with the Ottawa Redblacks on February 15, 2017. In 11 games, he made 39 tackles and 2 sacks, but asked for and was granted his release on September 15, due to a lack of playing time.[4] Despite his desire to return to the Blue Bombers, where he had led the team in tackles the previous two seasons, Winnipeg did not seek a reunion with Bass.[5]

Toronto Argonauts Edit

On October 3, 2018, Bass signed with the Toronto Argonauts. He was promoted to the active roster for the final game of the regular season, but an injury kept Bass out of the playoffs. Nevertheless, the Argos advanced to the 105th Grey Cup and won 27–24 over the Calgary Stampeders. Bass received a contract extension during the offseason,[6] but was released following week 2. In his CFL career, Bass played in 48 games and recorded 223 tackles, 5 special teams tackles, 11 sacks, 3 interceptions of which 2 were returned for touchdowns, and 5 forced fumbles.[7]

Atlanta Legends Edit

In 2018, Bass was announced as an inaugural player for the Atlanta Legends of the newly-formed Alliance of American Football, which began playing games in February 2019. Bass was named to the main roster at the end of training camp on January 30, 2019.[8] In 8 games played prior to the league suspending operations,[9] Bass recorded 26 tackles.[10]

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