Former Michigan State LB Kyler Elsworth signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes


Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan State Spartans linebacker Kyler Elsworth (41) poses with a rose in his mouth after the 100th Rose Bowl against the Stanford Cardinal. Michigan State defeated Stanford 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Last years Rose Bowl hero, and former Michigan State linebacker, Kyler Elsworth signed with the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Elsworth is a Goodrich, Michigan native and is well-known around his home state for his historic fourth-down stop in last years Rose Bowl win for the Spartans. Elsworth however, wasn’t ready to walk away on that note.

"“A lot of people said that play would be a good way to go out,” Elsworth said. “But I want to keep doing what I love. I don’t want that to be my only claim to fame. I want to leave my footprint here in the CFL.”"

Elsworth told in a Tuesday night interview he is slated to play middle linebacker and will begin his career on the practice squad for Montreal, which is already three games into the regular season.

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  • The Alouette’s began showing interest in Elsworth after his pro day workout at Michigan State, which the CFL franchise attended along with 31 of the 32 NFL clubs.

    The NFL was priority No. 1 for the former Spartan who had a workout with the Washington Redskins during the teams minicamps.

    "“I got a couple of calls the day after the (NFL) draft (May 11), invites to minicamps, but nothing involving a contract,” Elsworth said. “I decided to go to the Washington Redskins minicamp the next week, and practiced as a fullback with them Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”“I waited a few weeks, and that whole time Montreal had expressed interest, and I let them know I wanted to play the hand out with the Redskins,” Elsworth said."

    Elsworth’s next goal is to make the Alouette’s squad of 46 players and eventually start for the team.

    "“I’m ecstatic,” Elsworth said. “You think about it, it wouldn’t have been right for me to start out at the top. I’ve always been about making the most of the opportunities and trying to capitalize on them.”"