Holley ready to reward Saskatchewan after contract extension

June 2, 2018

Caleb Holley football

Caleb Holley

Alaska’s most productive professional football player was rewarded last year when the Saskatchewan Roughriders signed him to a contract extension through the 2018 season.

Anchorage’s Caleb Holley is ready to make good on that pay raise starting Friday when the Canadian Football League season kicks off.

The 27-year-old wide receiver led the playoff team and ranked sixth in the league with a 15.6-yard average reception last season.

Saskatchewan finished 10-8 in the regular season and then upset the Ottawa Redblacks in the first round of the playoffs before losing to Toronto Argonauts in the semifinals – one game shy of making the 105th Grey Cup.

Holley, of East High fame, returns for his third season with the Roughriders after finishing fourth on the team with 39 receptions, 608 yards and five touchdowns.

The 6-foot-4 receiver was a record-breaking receiver at NCAA D2 East Central University before signing with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills in 2014. By 2015 he was out of Buffalo after a gruesome leg injury.

He went back to basics and signed with the Sioux Falls Storm of the Indoor Football League. He had five TDs in his first game and it kick-started his comeback.

Holley went on to score 23 TDs in 13 games and lead the Storm to the IFL’s United Bowl championship.

Days later he signed with Saskatchewan Roughriders and became the first Alaskan to play in the CFL in 20 years. In 24 career games he has seven touchdowns and 1,263 yards.