MISSISSAUGA -- A familiar face has returned to the Toronto Argonauts as Adriano Belli has come out of retirement to join the club’s practice roster.
One of the most feared, revered, loved and loathed players in recent memory, the ‘Kissing Bandit’ has been brought in to shore up the Argonauts defensive line and will hit the practice field with the club this afternoon. Toronto has not confirmed whether he will be activated for their Friday night contest versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“We searched the CFL for a Canadian defensive lineman that would fit our system. We felt that if Adriano wanted to play, and was in good shape, then he could be that guy for us. We’re happy to have him join our practice roster and be back in Double Blue,” said Argonauts GM Jim Barker.
A 2001 first-round pick of the B.C. Lions, Belli spent 10 seasons in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes (twice) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (twice) before spending his final four years in Toronto. He amassed 213 career tackles and 28 sacks and twice was an East Division all-star (2005, 2007) and earned league honours in 2005 while earning a Grey Cup rings with the Als in 2002.
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