Adrian McPherson, who threw for 59 touchdown passes as the Tampa Bay Storm’s quarterback in his only season with the team, is returning to the Canadian Football League.
McPherson, a former Florida State quarterback who spent five seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, winning two Grey Cups, is joining the Calgary Stampeders.
McPherson set Storm single-season records for rushing attempts (90) and rushing yardage (428), and his 31 rushing touchdowns also set Storm and Arena Football League marks.
“We are happy that Adrian has this opportunity with the Stampeders,” said Jeff Gooch, the team’s vice president of football operations. “You never want to lose a player like Adrian, however we are excited when a player of his caliber has the chance to excel.
“As an organization we strive to look for players that, like Adrian, have the ability to take their talents to the next level.”
McPherson played with the Alouettes from 2008-12 before joining the Storm, winning the Grey Cup in 2009 and 2010.
McPherson began his professional career in the AFL, earning Rookie of the Year honors with the Indiana Firebirds in 2004.
In 2005, he became the first player in AFL history to begin his pro career in the AFL and then get drafted the NFL when as the New Orleans Saints selected him in the fifth round (152nd overall).
The Storm season begins on March 14.