Running back and return specialist Matt Brown went undrafted coming out of Temple in April, so naturally he did what many undesired, marginal players have done before him: took his talents to Canada with the hopes of joining one of the 20 Roughrider teams. Except Brown didn’t bother to check whether his passport was still valid before departing. What’s with needing documentation to get into Canada all of sudden? You Canucks got something to hide?
Brown was scheduled to fly to Saskatchewan on Tuesday to sign it. However, he was unable to board the plane in Baltimore due to an expired passport.
While Brown was in Philadelphia Wednesday morning to get his passport renewed, the Bucs contacted his agent to express interest. So he flew to Florida to sign a contract with Tampa Bay Wednesday night instead.
All’s well that ends well, I suppose.
More than serendipitous turn of events for a random player, we need to think of this as a teachable moment for all of us. It is incumbent on us all to make sure that Tim Tebow’s passport has been renewed so the same thing doesn’t happen if a CFL team is reckless enough to sign him. This is more than important; It’s our civic duty.