A few days ago, Tim Gilligan was seeking interest from other CFL teams. Apparently, he was discussing job opportunities with the Blue Bombers.
The thing is he didn’t want to leave the Alouettes, but had to because of financial problems. See, his pregnant wife and him just had to cancel their rent because they were too flat broke to pay the landlord.
That’s because a player on the practice roster earns… 500$ a week!
Man! This is terrible. I always thought the pay was low, but not this low. This represents 10 000$ for the whole season if you sit there all the time. Could you live with that? And could you support your wife and soon-to-be child?
Kudos to the guys waiting on practice squads to get a spot on a roster. They would make more money would they be wrappers at the grocery store. They show they really want to play.
Now that Cavil is gone, Gilligan got a job with the Als. And with Girard still injured, he will even start this Thursday. Jim Popp said Gilligan should not return to the practice squad this year.
In the meantime, the guy and his wife will look for a teammate to offer them shelter, while they wait to get enough dollars to find back an appartment.
Good luck to you and your wife Tim. And good luck to all the other guys sitting somewhere on a practice squad.