Buck Pierce Traded
Bombers finally deal one of their 3 QBs on Sunday
BY: Jeff Schneberk @Game7overtime
Well this is one of those days that probably could not have been better. For his sake, I hope that today (Sunday) just happens to be former Winnipeg quarterback Buck Pierce’s birthday.
If you run with the notion that only good things should happen on one’s birthday, then today, Pierce was given the ultimate gift, considering of course that he is a CFL quarterback.
Following the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2nd win of the season over Saskatchewan today in the famous ‘Banjo Bowl’, Pierce’s day was made too, as the badly struggling, embarrassment-of-a-football-team traded one of their 3 QBs in rotation (far) out west to the powerhouse BC Lions.
Happy birthday Mr. Pierce. Even if today isn’t your birthday, it could still qualify as a birthday present given the crazy mess that has been going on for weeks in the Manitoba capital.
“Buck has been a true warrior and a consummate professional during his time Winnipeg and we sincerely thank him for his four years of service to our organization,” said acting general manager Kyle Walters in a statement.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have sent Buck Pierce to the Lions in exchange for non-import receiver Akeem Foster.
Pierce joined the Blue Bombers as a free agent in 2010 and made 31 starts over four seasons.
The 31-year-old suffered an undisclosed injury in a 37-14 loss to Hamilton on Aug. 24. He was replaced by Justin Goltz, who led the Blue Bombers past Saskatchewan 25-13 on Sunday before the trade was announced.
The day wound up being pretty sweet for Pierce’s former team, too. They managed to embarrass the Roughriders by a score of 25-13 for their first victory on their new field, Investor’s Group Field. The trade was announced shortly afterwards.
Pierce now re-joins the Lions after spending the first five years of his Canadian career in BC (from 2005-09).
During that time he made 34 starts, posting a 21-12-1 record. He was released by the Lions following the 2009 season and joined the Bombers as a free agent in 2010.
He appeared in 33 games for Winnipeg and led the team to the 99th Grey Cup in 2011 where the team ultimately lost to BC.
For his career, Pierce has thrown for 15,059 yards with 73 touchdowns and a 64.3 completion percentage.
Foster was drafted by the Lions with the 25th pick in 2010. The Ajax, Ontario native appeared in 43 games over four seasons in BC, hauling in 62 passes for 960 yards and nine touchdowns.
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