Danny O’Brien Throws a Touchdown Pass in Ottawa’s Win Over Winnipeg


When the Wisconsin Badgers lured Danny O’Brien to join their 2012 season, the athletic staff wanted lightning to strike twice.

The Badgers wanted another transfer, like Russell Wilson, to come in and immediately improve the quality of play starting from under center. That in no way happened and Curt Phillips ended up as the best option we had to lead the team.

O’Brien didn’t return for his final year of eligibility and instead went to Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Statistically, he had his best season, but then only landed jobs in the Atlanta Falcons rookie minicamp and the Columbus Lions of the Professional Indoor Football League located in Georgia.

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But things can change. Danny O’Brien has a new home in the Canadian Football League … as a backup. O’Brien threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Henry Burris. It was his only pass of the game is just 5 of 7 for 57 yards on the season, but still far better than most people, myself included, thought he could do in a major professional league.

(And yes, the CFL is a major professional league. It gave us Warren Moon and Doug Flutie and you can play fantasy.)

The good news for Danny O’Brien is that he could get a lot more chances as the season enters the final stages of the regular season. The bad news is that he plays for the 2-11 Ottawa RougeNoir (or RedBlacks, but that sounds silly).

And the sad news is that despite being 2-11, the RougeNoir are still not eliminated from playoff contention because the division leader is 5-7.