THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY -- Calgary Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate has adopted the training methods of a former mixed martial arts fighter to increase his durability for the upcoming CFL season.
Tate says he's has been kickboxing, swinging kettle bells and deadlifting weights in the off-season in Dallas with UFC 13 lightweight tournament champion Guy Mezger.
"I said I wanted to be bullet-proof this year,'' Tate said at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. "The guys in that sport are pretty close to it if not all the way. It's the direction I'm trying to go this off-season and hopefully it works out.''
What was to be Tate's first full season as Calgary's starting quarterback in 2012 was marked by injuries, starting with a separated shoulder in Week 2. Tate required surgery and was sidelined him for all but the final two games of the regular season.