WINNEPEG, Canada (Oct. 27, 2010) – A winding road that has taken 2008 graduate Justin Goltz from a three year starting quarterback at Occidental College to a Detroit Lions NFL mini-camp, a partial season on the Mönchengladbach Mavericks in Germany and a draft pick of the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL has now landed the 6-foor-5 Michigan native a roster spot on the Winnipeg Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
Goltz traveled to the Bombers’ practice facility in Winnipeg earlier this week after signing with the team for the final two games of the season. He and another quarterback joined the squad following injuries to the Bombers starting and number one back-up QB’s. Goltz will have an opportunity to prove himself over the next week and a half in a quest to make the roster for next season, but will be suited up for the game this weekend against the Edmonton Eskimos and the Bombers’ final game against the Calgary Stampeders.
The last time Goltz stepped on the gridiron in a competitive situation was during the summer of 2010 when he helped lead the Mavericks to a pair of victories in the German Football League, pushing the team from the third level to the second.
Most recently, Goltz completed mini-camp with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League, but was released a week before the season opened.
That was not the only mini-camp experience of Goltz’s career, however. Weeks before graduation from Occidental, the 2009 SCIAC Offensive Player of the Year was invited to join the Detroit Lions in his home state.
Goltz believes that both of those experiences will help him to transition smoothly to the CFL, which has a bigger playing surface, 12 men on the field, three downs and other differences.
Just as in any pro system there are a lot of intricacies that
are involved in every play so trying to learn a playbook in a short
amount of time has been a focus this week.
“My experiences with Detroit in the NFL and Sacramento in the UFL have definitely helped in preparing me for a scenario like this,” Goltz shared. “I have come in more comfortable in Winnipeg considering the circumstances.”
The coaches have shown confidence in the gunslinger who should be listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the Bombers’ depth chart.
“As in every case, I am just trying to prove myself and make the most of this opportunity to continue playing professional football, after all I am confident that I can succeed.”
Should Goltz get the opportunity to step on the gridiron, he will be ready.
Article by Tracy Maple, Sports Information Director