Troy Smith, who won the 2006 Heisman Trophy and took the Ohio State Buckeyes to the BCS national championship in the same season, signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League on Wednesday.
“We’ve been in discussions for well over three months and have been patiently waiting for Troy to finish his commitments at Ohio State,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said. “We’ll have to fast track Troy in order to get him over the learning curve of the CFL and caught up to speed over the next several weeks.
The football journeyman didn’t make the cut in the NFL after being released by the Pittsburgh Steeleers (he was only with them during the offseason), and played that one season in the United Football League (which thankfully is no longer a thing).
The CFL is entering week eight, and the Alouettes are 2-4 so far. Their tied for second place with the Hamilton Ti-Cats in their four-team East Division. The defending champion Toronto Argonauts are in first place at 4-2.