March 16, 2017

Stampeders ink former Argo, Ticat Bryan Hall


CALGARY — Last year Bryan Hall switched sides in the Battle of Ontario. Now, he’s joining a new rivalry altogether.

Hall could now become a central figure in the Battle of Alberta after officially joining the Calgary Stampeders, the team confirmed Thursday.

The veteran defensive tackle has played a total of three CFL seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts after previously appearing in five games for the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens.

“Bryan is an experienced defensive tackle who is able to play both the one-technique and the three-technique,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel. “He’s been a productive player over the first three years of his CFL career.”

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In 50 career CFL regular-season games, Hall has accumulated 125 tackles, including five tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, 11 knockdowns and three forced fumbles. He spent his first two seasons (2014-15) with Hamilton before signing with Toronto and playing one season for the Argos.

Hall played a total of three division playoff games for the Ticats and was also in uniform for the Ticats’ 2014 Grey Cup meeting with Calgary.

Prior to signing with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Hall played four years at Arkansas State. He earned first-team all-Sun Belt Conference honours in 2010 and was second-team all-conference in 2009. Over his four seasons with the Red Wolves, Hall accumulated 125 tackles, including 27.5 tackles for a loss, and 17 sacks.

“I’m very happy to be joining the Stampeders,” said Hall. “I’m ready to go to work and do whatever I can to help this team win a championship.”