Naaman Roosevelt
At a pre-season game in Denver in August, 2011.
No. 82     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-12-24) December 24, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Buffalo, New York
Career information
College: Buffalo
Undrafted in 2010
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Buffalo Bills ( 2010 2012)
Roster status: Active
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
* CFL West All-Star (2017)
  • 2008 first-team All-MAC
  • 2007 third-team All-MAC
Receptions     25
Receiving yards     396
Receiving TDs     1
Stats at
Receptions     224
Receiving yards     3,188
Receiving touchdowns     19
Stats at

Naaman Roosevelt (born December 24, 1987) is a Canadian football wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at University at Buffalo.

High school and collegiate career

Roosevelt attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo where he played at the quarterback position before staying in Buffalo to attend the University at Buffalo. Roosevelt was the first recruit of new head coach Turner Gill. He started seven games as a freshman and was converted into a wide receiver, catching 31 passes and 2 touchdowns. In his second year, the wide receiver caught 63 passes and 4 touchdowns. In his junior season, Roosevelt dramatically increased his production, catching 104 passes, primarily from quarterback Drew Willy.

On September 13, 2008 Roosevelt caught a Hail Mary pass from QB Drew Willy as time expired against the Temple Owls. Also in his junior season, Buffalo won the 2008 MAC Championship Game against Nate Davis and the Ball State Cardinals. Roosevelt's 104 receptions was one short of the MAC Conference record at the time.[1] Roosevelt graduated in 2009 and, the following season, Roosevelt caught 70 passes and 9 touchdowns.[2]

Professional career


Roosevelt went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills on April 24.[3] Roosevelt was cut by the Bills on final cuts on September 4, 2010, but signed to their practice squad on September 5, 2010. On November 27, 2010, Roosevelt was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. On October 16, 2011, Roosevelt caught his first pro TD pass, a 60-yard catch-and-run at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.[4]

On August 31, 2012, he was cut by the Bills. On July 23, 2013, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns. After the 2013 season, he was not re-signed and was signed after a tryout for the Detroit Lions on April 23, 2014.[5] After being let go by the Lions, he signed with the Bills on July 21, 2014.[6] The Bills released Roosevelt on August 29, 2014.[7] On October 3, 2014 the Bills re-signed Roosevelt to the practice squad. He was released from the practice squad on October 4, 2014.


Roosevelt signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League on March 14, 2015.[8] Roosevelt had a breakout year for the Roughriders in his second season in the CFL. He played in the first 11 games of the season before being placed on the six-game injured list.[9] Following the season he was named the Riders Most Outstanding Player despite missing 7 games. Additionally, he accepted a two-year contract extension from the Riders.[10] Roosevelt finished the 2016 season with 1,095 receiving yards, the ninth-highest total in the league.[11] In Week 14 of the 2017 season Roosevelt took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Calgary's Tunde Adeleke and was placed on the team's six-game injured list. At the time of the injury Roosevelt was the Riders leading receiver, and had the fifth most receiving yards in the league with 923.[12] Roosevelt was named a divisional All-Star for 2017, but had a down year in 2018 with injuries to both himself, as well as several injuries to new starting quarterback Zach Collaros.[13] The Roughriders offense had already taken hits prior to and during the regular season with the release of experienced pass catchers such as Rob Bagg, Chad Owens, Bakari Grant,[14] and Duron Carter.[15] Several days into free agency for 2019, Roosevelt turned down an offer from rival Winnipeg to sign a one year extension with the Roughriders for roughly 160,000 Canadian Dollars, as well as performance incentives to increase earnings.[16]


Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games Rec. Yards Avg Long TD Games Rec. Yards Avg Long TD
2015 SSK 10 25 488 19.5 71 5 Did Not Qualify
2016 SSK 11 76 1,095 14.4 89 2 Did Not Qualify
2017 SSK 14 75 1,035 13.8 75 8 2 9 126 14.0 26 0
2018 SSK 14 48 570 11.9 40 4 1 7 79 11.3 17 0
CFL totals 49 224 3,188 14.1 89 19 3 16 205 12.8 26 0


  1. Naaman Roosevelt Buffalo Athletics biography
  2. Naaman Roosevelt profile
  3. Roosevelt To Bills, April 24, 2010
  5. Wilkening, Mike (April 25, 2014). "Lions sign WR Naaman Roosevelt, C Sherman Carter". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  7. Bills reduce roster to 62 ahead of 53-man deadline
  8. "Receivers added to roster". March 14, 2015. Archived from the original on March 14, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  9. "Report: Roosevelt among Riders added to 6-game". 2016-09-17.
  10. "Riders sign WR Roosevelt to extension". TSN. 2016-11-03.
  11. "Stats -". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  12. "Riders place Roosevelt on six-game IL - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-09-28.

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