Argos Add Size To Receiving Corps

The Toronto Argonauts Football Club is pleased to announce that 6-foot, 4-inch WR Brandon Rideau has signed a contract with the team.

The big receiver who was a pure athlete as a quarterback, receiver, basketball and track star while growing up in Texas, Rideau played four seasons at the University of Kansas. He finished his time at KU just two receptions shy of breaking the school record for catches in a career. He signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns upon graduation and went on to gain extensive experience with the Chicago Bears including being activated for two regular season games in 2008.

Brandon Rideau
Receiver
6’4”, 193 lbs.
Kansas
Born: October 18, 1982
Beaumont, Texas
1st Year Argos/1st Year CFL
Import

Acquired: Signed as a free agent with Toronto on February 12, 2010.

2009: Attended training camp with Chicago and released as a final training camp cut on September 4.

2008: Re-signed with the Chicago Bears and attended training camp…In pre-season, three of the first four passes Rideau caught went for touchdowns, and he finished with five catches for 127 yards and a team-high 25.4 yards-per-catch average…Added to the club’s practice roster to start the season and activated on November 21…Dressed in two games for the Bears.

2007: Attended Bears’ training camp and released as a final cut on August 27.

2006: Attended training camp with the Browns and released…Signed by the Chicago Bears and added to club’s practice squad for the entire season.

2005: Signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns (NFL) in May…Attended Browns’ training camp and made the final roster but was hampered by injuries.

College: Played four seasons at the University of Kansas (2001-04)…Finished career two receptions shy of the school record, with 131 catches for 1,636 yards (12.5 avg.) and 14 TDs in 43 career games with the Jayhawks…2004 Earned Honourable mention All-Big 12 Conference…2003 Started all 13 games… Finished second on the team with 51 receptions and third with 677 receiving yards…His six touchdown catches tied for the most ever by a KU junior…2002 Jayhawks’ fourth-leading receiver with 27 catches for 307 yards … Appeared in all 12 games with 10 starts…2001 One of just four true freshmen to see playing time.

Personal: Brandon spends his off-season training in Houston, Texas. When he’s not playing football, he helps his dad coach youth basketball and lends a helping hand to his church. Brandon also assists his former University of Kansas receivers coach, Tyrone Dixon, in running a youth football camp in Pennsylvania. He enjoys watching movies, bowling and playing cards in his spare time. A Human Development & Family Life major in college, he attended Ozen High School in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas where he played quarterback until his senior season when he switched to wide receiver and was named First-Team All-District. Rideau also played basketball, going undefeated in four seasons and lettered in track.

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