Lemon Party In Toronto

The Toronto Argonauts have finally named their starting QB for the 2010 season: NFL journeyman and CFL rookie Cleo Lemon. Lemon beat out Dalton Bell for the starting gig, who had in fact put up better numbers in the preseason than Lemon. But new coach Jim Barker said the leadership abilities showcased by Lemon gave him the edge for the starting position.

But who is Mr. Lemon? Well as a holder of a B.A. in History from Carleton University (Go Ravens!), I feel I’m qualified to give you a lesson.

A four-year player at Arkansas State, Lemon was passed over the 2001 NFL Draft, while future Pro-Bowl quarterbacks Shaunard Harts and Josh Heupel were picked instead. He ended up signing as an undrafted free agent with Baltimore Ravens in ’02; he was released before the season started.

Lemon wasn’t back in the NFL until ’03 when he was signed by the San Diego Chargers. He held the clipboard for most of his two-year tenure in Southern California, never seeing any regular season action. However, strong preseason play led to the Miami Dolphins taking a chance and acquiring Lemon via trade.

It was with the Dolphins when Lemon finally became football relevant. In two years with Miami, Lemon made eight starts, throwing for over 2000 yards and eight touchdowns. His most notable game was a win over the Baltimore Ravens (sweet justice!) in 2007; it was Miami’s lone victory of the season.

But quarterbacking the only bright spot in a dismal season wasn’t enough to convince Miami brass to keep Lemon, so he wasn’t re-signed in the off-season. He then signed a three-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but never really caught onto the system. He threw only two passes in his inaugural season with the Jags, and was released before the next season. A return to the Ravens was short-lived, and Lemon was soon out of the NFL.

Now he’s north of the border, pegged with the task of quarterbacking a rebuilding Argonauts team coming off one of most embarrassing seasons in recent franchise history. Can Lemon stop the bleeding? Or will he join the growing list of Argonauts QB’s that have failed to provide stability in a position that demands it?

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lemon party
March 12, 2011 4:24 am

lemon party combined with football, i love it.

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