yep, and J. Garcia playing six years in the CFL didn't seem to hurt his chances at playing in the NFL either Let's face facts. The NFL had absolutely no interest in Garcia, despite him coming off the bench in the 4th quarter of the East/West Shrine Bowl? and throwing 3 td passes to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory.
Not sure how he ended up in Calgary, but I know Coach Buono said he was very close to being cut in training camp and only an injury to another QB kept him on the roster. Garcia apparantly didn't look that great in practice, but get him in the game, and its lights out, baby!
In many ways QBing in the CFL is much more difficult than in the NFL. If you can become a top-ranked QB in the CFL, it is very likely you would be a shoe-in to have success down south. Dave Dickeson was the highest rated QB through the Chargers training camp and preseason, over D. Flutie and D. Brees. He led the Chargers to a come-from-behind victory in the last preseason game with a last second td pass, couragously hanging in the pocket and throwing at the last second...while absorbing a tremendous hit head-on, in only the Dickenson fashion. He dressed for all 16 games that season but they never let him try a pass.
Kerwin Bell when he went to play with Indianapolis had a red-hot 8 of 9 passing streak going in the first half leading the Colts to a touchdown and the lead while replacing an injured starter, while a rookie P. Manning took notes from the sidelines.
There have been few CFL QB's that have done well in the NFL, mainly because they simply were not given the opportunity, not because they lacked the ability to play.