Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 11:57AM

Today, April 27th the Calgary Stampeder Football Club announced that Quarterback Danny McManus has inked a new pact with the Red and White.

As per Club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Earlier this season McManus was acquired from the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for the Calgary Stampeders third round draft pick in the 2006 Canadian College Draft. McManus enters the 2006 season, second All-time in passing yards with 52, 975 yards, pass attempts – 6,661 and pass completions – 3,624.

Calgary Stampeder General Manager Jim Barker made the following comment on the signing of Quarterback Danny McManus. “We are excited about Danny’s commitment to the organization and look forward to his contributions on the field and in the Calgary community.�

Below is a closer look at Danny McManus:

Danny McManus
College: Florida State
HT: 6’0� WT: 215 lbs
Born: June 17, 1965
Birthplace: Dania, Fl
Stampeders: Entering 1st season
CFL: Entering 17th season

Has played in 280 regular season CFL games …18 playoff games…and six Grey Cup Championships (1999, 1998 w/Hamilton, 1996 w/Edmonton, 1994 w/BC, 1992, 1990 w/Winnipeg)
Single season passing yards – 5,334…Single season pass attempts – 612…Single season completions – 365…Single season passing percentage – 60.0…Single season touchdowns - 29

Selected in the 11th round (282nd overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1988 NFL draft … signed by Kansas City in July, 1988…released after the 1989 season…signed as a free agent by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in May 1990…grated free agency status in February, 1993…signed as a free agent by the B.C. Lions in June 1993…granted free agency in February, 1995…re-signed by B.C. in March 1995…released by the Lions in April, 1995…signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Eskimos in April, 1995…granted free agency status on February 16, 1998…signed as a free agent by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on February 26, 1998…signed a contract extension on February 6, 1999…re-signed by Hamilton March 8, 2004…traded to Edmonton from Hamilton on December 2, 2005 along with non-import offensive lineman Tim Bakker and Hamilton’s first selection (first overall) in the 2006 Canadian College Draft in exchange for quarterback Jason Maas and the club’s sixth round selection in the 2006 Canadian College Draft…traded to the Calgary Stampeders on March 31, 2006 in exchange for the Stampeders third round draft pick in the 2006 Canadian College Draft.

(Hamilton) McManus completed 203 of 364 for 2544 yards (55.8%) with 11 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions.
McManus was selected in the 11th round (282 overall) in the 1988 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and was their third-string quarterback, but did not see any game action. He was released during training camp in 1989. He signed with Winnipeg in 1990, playing his first game on July 27 versus B.C., completing five of eight passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. His first FL touchdown pass was a 73-yarder to Eric Streater. After 3 years with the Blue Bombers, Danny signed with B.C. Lions. After two years of playing back-up, McManus became a full-time starter in 1995, finishing the season in second place in completions (295) and yards passing (4,655). He passes for over 300 yards in six games and had 19 touchdowns. McManus then moved on to Edmonton for two seasons, finishing second in the CFL in 1996 with 4,425 yards passing. In the 1997 season-opener, Danny had the second highest single-game total in Eskimo history with 33 completions on 46 attempts for 497 yards. He signed as a free agent with Hamilton in 1998. The following season he led the CFL with 28 touchdown passes and 5,334 yards passing. He set single-season team records for yards passing, attempts, completions and touchdown passes. In 2000, Danny passed for over 300 yards in seven games, surpassing the 400-yard mark in three of them. He finished the 2001 season second in the CFL with 4,465 yards passing and had a single-season career high 78 yards rushing on 21 carries and three touchdowns. On July 25, 2002, McManus threw for a career-high 513 yards and three touchdowns. It was only the third time in franchise history to reach the 500 yards passing plateau in a game.

McManus Career Highlights:

5,000+ passing yards in a season – 1999, 2004
Third player in CFL history to pass for 50,000 career yards, joining Ron Lancaster and Damon Allen – 2004
CFL record of eight consecutive seasons with over 4,000 yards passing – 1995 - 2002
Passed Doug Flutie (41,355) for third place on the CFL’s all-time passing list on September 22, 2002
Grey Cup MVP – 1999
CFL Most Outstanding Player – 1999
Terry Evanshen Trophy (Most Outstanding Player in East Division) - 1999
East Division All-Star selection – 1999
CFL All-Star selection - 1999
Threw his 200th touchdown pass on September 8, 2002
Tiger-Cat season record with 29 touchdown passes (2004)
Surpassed Bernie Faloney’s Tiger-Cat record of 121 career touchdown passes (2003)

The three-time letterman played four seasons (1984-1987) at Florida State. In 27 career games, McManus completed 248 passes in 455 attempts for 3,390 yards and 25 touchdowns. Twice was named Player of the Year and was the MVP of the 1988 Fiesta Bowl. McManus attended South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida where he passed for 1,400 yards as a senior and 1,300 as a junior.