|Date of birth:September 23, 1985|
|Place of birth: Regina, Saskatchewan|
|Undrafted in 2008|
|Debuted in 2008 for the Saskatchewan Roughriders|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
Stu Foord (born September 23, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian football running back for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was originally signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as an undrafted free agent in 2008. Before joining the Roughriders, Foord played five years for the Regina Thunder of the Prairie Football Conference.
Foord played high school football for Thom Collegiate in Regina. After finishing his high school career, he played junior football for the Regina Thunder of the Prairie Football Conference. Foord was invited to the Saskatchewan Roughriders training camp after the 2006 season, but was cut due to a combination of on-field performance and off-field issues. He returned to play for the Thunder during the 2007 season, where he was ranked among the PFC's top five in all-purpose yards, kick return yards, punt return yards, rushing, receiving and punt returns. Foord was named the Thunder's most valuable player after his last two seasons with the club.
After the 2007 season, Foord received another invitation to the Roughriders' training camp. After a much improved performance, on and off the field, he was placed on the team's waived / injured list, but was signed to the team's 42 man roster after an injury to Chris Szarka. He made his debut with the Roughriders during Week 2 of the 2008 CFL season, against the BC Lions. Foord was named the CFL's Canadian Player of the Week on September 24, 2008 for his performance against the BC Lions. He scored a touchdown on his first ever rushing attempt in the CFL, and also had a receiving touchdown later in the game. Of his rushing touchdown, Foord said "I knew that I would be so jacked up that if anything was there, I was going to take it. I did that and now I can say my first touch was a touchdown." Foord finished the 2008 season with three touchdowns (two rushing and one receiving).
During the 2009 CFL season, Foord dressed for every Roughrider game, including the West Final and the Grey Cup. He was one of the team's backup running backs, and also saw time on special teams, including returning kickoffs. Foord scored a single rushing touchdown during the 2009 season. In the offseason, Foord signed a new contract with the Roughriders.
Foord lives in Regina year round. During the off-season, he trains with former Roughrider Dan Farthing. Foord was planning to continue his football career and education at either the University of Regina or the University of Manitoba if he was unable to make the jump to the professional ranks after his junior football eligibility was exhausted. During the offseason, prior to the 2010 CFL season, Foord vacationed in Mexico and learned to surf.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Slater, Craig (2010-07-05). "Stu Foord still living his dream". Regina Leader Post. http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/Foord+still+living+dream+with+Roughriders/3235981/story.html. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Maturity benefits Riders' Foord". Regina Leader Post. 2008-07-03. http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/sports/roughriders/story.html?id=7dc90ca2-1cc3-4c39-80eb-b7eb849ca6bb. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 "Stuart Foord". Saskatchewan Roughriders. http://www.riderville.com/roster/show/id/1953. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- ↑ "A.C., Newcomers headline players of the week". Canadian Football League. 2008-09-24. http://www.cfl.ca/article/a-c-newcomers-headline-players-of-the-week. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- ↑ "Simon sets franchise record in Lions win". Canadian Broadcast Corporation. 2008-09-21. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/story/2008/09/20/bclions-saskriders-recap.html. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- ↑ "Riders re-sign Stu Foord". Saskatchewan Roughriders. http://www.saskriders.com/article/riders-re-sign-stu-foord. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
- ↑ Lions add Stu Foord and Byron Parker to den
- ↑ "Miller has some tough decisions to make". Regina Leader Post. 2008-06-04. http://www.reginathunder.ca/pages/stu.php. Retrieved 2010-07-15.