Kenny Stafford
No. 85     Ottawa Redblacks
Stafford before a Redblacks game in 2021.
Born: (1990-04-20) April 20, 1990 (age 31)
Columbus, Ohio
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Wide receiver
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight204 lb (93 kg)
CollegeToledo
High schoolSt. Francis DeSales (OH)
Career history
As player
2012Atlanta Falcons*
2013Montreal Alouettes*
2013Calgary Stampeders
2014Montreal Alouettes
20152016Edmonton Eskimos
2017Winnipeg Blue Bombers*
20172019Edmonton Eskimos
20192020Saskatchewan Roughriders
2021–presentOttawa Redblacks
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Kenny Stafford (born April 20, 1990) is a gridiron football wide receiver for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). In the United States, he has been a member of the Atlanta Falcons (NFL), Pittsburgh Power (AFL) and Miami Dolphins (NFL). In the CFL, Stafford has been a member of the Calgary Stampeders, Montreal Alouettes, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Edmonton Eskimos, and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He is the nephew of former American football wide receiver and 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter.

College career

Stafford with Tulane in 2008.
Stafford with Tulane in 2008.

Stafford played collegiately for the University of Toledo.

Professional career

Atlanta Falcons

Stafford was signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons.

Pittsburgh Power

Stafford signed with the Arena Football League's Pittsburgh Power for the 2013 season. Stafford played in one game with the Power, recording 6 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Montreal Alouettes

Stafford was placed on the other league exempt list by the Pittsburgh Power when he signed with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes. However, he did not make an appearance with the Al's at this time.

Miami Dolphins

Stafford was signed by the Miami Dolphins on July 19, 2013.[1] On August 23, 2013, he was waived by the Dolphins.[2]

Calgary Stampeders

Stafford signed with the Calgary Stampeders on August 28, 2013. Stafford caught 6 passes for 37 yards in 3 games for the Stamps during the 2013 CFL season. He was released by the Stampeders on November 18, 2013.[3]

Montreal Alouettes (II)

Stafford played for the Montreal Alouettes during the 2014 season.[4] During said season he caught 20 passes for 230 receiving yards and 1 touchdown.

Edmonton Eskimos

In the CFL off-season Stafford was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for Fred Stamps on January 16, 2015.[4] He had a breakout season with the Eskimos playing in all 18 regular season games and all 3 playoffs games including the 103rd Grey Cup game. During the season Stafford caught 47 passes for 732 yards and 9 touchdowns (all career highs).

Montreal Alouettes (III)

Upon entering free agency on February 9, 2016, Stafford signed a one-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes[5] On September 13, 2016 Kenny Stafford and fellow wide receiver Duron Carter, Stafford's cousin, got into a heated exchange at practice with newly promoted quarterback Rakeem Cato. On October 17, 2016 Stafford was released by the Al's alongside Duron Carter.[6][7] Stafford played in 9 games during the 2016 season, catching 16 passes for 215 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

On January 17, 2017, Stafford signed as a free agent with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.[8] Stafford was cut by the Bombers on June 17, 2017; the league's final roster cut-down day.[9]

Edmonton Eskimos (II)

Later that same day Stafford signed a practice roster deal with the Edmonton Eskimos.[10] Stafford played a season and a half with the Eskimos, catching a career high 55 receptions for 781 yards during the 2018 season. In seven games with Edmonton the following season he caught 30 passes for 366 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

On August 5, 2019, Stafford was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in exchange for kick returner Christion Jones.[11] He did not play in a game for the Roughriders and was released on January 20, 2021.[12]

Edmonton Elks

Stafford signed with the Edmonton Elks on June 23, 2021.[13] He was released on July 21, 2021.[14]

Ottawa Redblacks

On September 13, 2021, it was announced that Stafford had signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.[15]

Career statistics

  Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2013 CGY 4 6 37 6.4 10 0
2014 MTL 10 20 230 11.5 49 1
2015 EDM 18 47 732 15.6 55 9
2016 MTL 9 16 215 13.4 48 2
2017 EDM 5 20 265 13.3 70 2
2018 EDM 17 55 781 14.2 55 2
2019 EDM 7 30 366 12.2 28 2
CFL totals 70 194 2,626 13.5 70 18

References

  1. ^ Adam H. Beasley (July 19, 2013). "Miami Dolphins add receiver Kenny Stafford". www.miamiherald.com. Miami Herald Media Co. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. August 23, 2013. Archived from the original on August 23, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Transactions 2013". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "End of an Era: Esks ship Stamps to Als for Stafford". cfl.ca. January 16, 2015. Archived from the original on January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Kenny Stafford returns to the nest
  6. ^ "Alouettes release Duron Carter and Kenny Stafford". CFL.ca. 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  7. ^ "Alouettes sever ties with Duron Carter, Kenny Stafford". Montreal Gazette. The Canadian Press. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  8. ^ Moore, Kelly. "Blue Bombers Add Another Receiver in Kenny Stafford". 680 CJOB – Winnipeg's News & Information Leader. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  9. ^ "Stafford cut by Bombers". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  10. ^ "Making Moves: Tracking final cuts from around the CFL". CFL.ca. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  11. ^ TSN ca Staff (2019-08-05). "Saskatchewan Roughriders acquire WR Kenny Stafford from Edmonton Eskimos for KR Christion Jones - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  12. ^ "Riders release receiver Kenny Stafford". CFL.ca. 2021-01-20. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  13. ^ "Elks sign Stafford. Elliott retires". GoElks.com. June 23, 2021. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  14. ^ "Elks release Kenny Stafford". GoElks.com. July 21, 2021. Retrieved July 22, 2021.
  15. ^ "Redblacks sign receiver Kenny Stafford, five others". Canadian Football League. September 13, 2021.