Article by Mike Beamish, The Province
Welcome to the land of the Maple Leaf — and B.C. bud.
Like exiled All-Pro running back Ricky Williams and others before him, defensive end Frank Alexander is headed to a forced sabbatical in Canada because of marijuana use — yet he’s embracing the move.
“It really is one of those blessed opportunities,” says Alexander, formerly with the Carolina Panthers. “God was in the plan to make it happen. I really appreciate the B.C. Lions for giving me the opportunity.”
The Lions should feel just as blessed.
Alexander was a terror in college (Oklahoma), dominating in big games against Big 12 opponents such as Texas and Baylor. He was claimed by the Panthers in the fourth round, in the same 2012 draft that netted Carolina an NFL rookie of the year and defensive player of the year in linebacker Luke Kuechly and first-team All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman.
“We’ve been tracking him for a while, probably talking with him for the last year-and-a-half and letting him know about the (CFL) option” says Ryan Rigmaiden, the Lions’ director of U.S. Scouting.