August 19, 2020

Linebacker Nate Holley granted release by Stampeders

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders announced Wednesday that they have granted linebacker Nate Holley his release to pursue opportunities in the NFL.

The rookie defender totalled 100 tackles, including 78 defensively, and added three pass knockdowns, a sack, an interception and a tackle for loss.

The stellar debut in 2019 earned Holley Most Outstanding Rookie honours at the CFL Player Awards back in November.


» Nate Holley named 2019 CFL Most Outstanding Rookie
Holley made the most of his rookie season with Stamps
Bio: Nate Holley by the numbers

Nate Holley was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie last November after a stellar debut with the Calgary Stampeders in 2019 (

Last season, the Kent State alum filled multiple voids on the Stampeders, after Alex Singleton and Jameer Thurman went to the NFL and veteran Cory Greenwood dealt with injuries.

Holley never looked out of place, contributing to the league’s fourth-ranked defence with 107 total defensive plays and 22 special teams tackles – good for second in the league.