It’s a small world out there.
Good thing for Auston English and the Argonauts.
If not for that football grapevine, English might never have made it from Oklahoma, through Cleveland, to defensive end with the Argonauts.
English has been a quick study. Signed Aug. 3, the 26 year old has stepped right through the usual practice roster purgatory and on to the active roster. And, he has made his presence felt.
“He’s what I’d call a real football player. I like to think of him as a J.C. Sherritt or an Adam Bighill type even though he’s a D-lineman,” said head coach Scott Milanovich Tuesday. “He has great instincts and understands leverage and how to play the game and get around the ball.”
Undrafted out of the Sooners program in Oklahoma, he spent three years in Cleveland, including 2012 on injured reserve. But in the purge of last season that saw the departure of Browns’ president Mike Holmgren and his staff, English was also released.