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WINNIPEG — He’s got a Super Bowl ring and a hunger for the game and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers believe that makes Rian "Goo" Wallace a legit prospect to replace Siddeeq Shabazz in their linebacking corps.
Wallace (6-3, 243, Temple) joins the Bombers after spending last season with the New York Sentinels of the United Football League. The 27-year-old Pottstown, Pa., product was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft and was a member of their Super Bowl XL championship victory over the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 as a rookie.
Wallace moved to the Washington Redskins in 2008 but was hampered by a shoulder injury and spent the season on injured reserve.
"I am excited," Wallace told The Mercury newspaper in his hometown of Pottstown. "This is the Blue Bombers’ 80th year in the Canadian Football League, they have a prominent franchise out there, so I’m very excited. I had a pretty good year in the UFL last year and I’m still chasing my dream to play professionally in the United States again.
"There were some people that thought I can take my game to Canada to hone my skills even more as a pass rusher to try to come back to the NFL. So we’re going to try Canada for a year."
Wallace — nicknamed "Goo" as an infant by his older brother — started 29 games at Temple and was a two-time (2003-04) All-Big East all-star and registered 192 solo tackles with the Owls.