Playing in his third season in the Canadian Football League, former Wildcat Ka’Deem Carey continues to shine with the Calgary Stampeders.
Since leaving Arizona, many fans including myself thought former Wildcat Ka’Deem Carey was going to have a tremendous career in the NFL. After all, he became the Wildcats’ leading rusher in three years and was considered one of the best backs in college football.
Unfortunately, things didn’t quite pan out that way as after being drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2014, Carey lasted just three seasons, rushing for 443 yards and two touchdowns on 111 carries.
Injuries and coaching changes ultimately derailed his career before he could even get things going.
Instead, Ka’Deem took a few years off before returning to football in 2018 when took his talents to the Canadian Football League.
Signing with the Calgary Stampeders, Ka’Deem still wanted to prove to many that the talent was there, and he spent the 2018 season preparing for the following year.
Taking the league by storm, Carey appeared in eight games (seven starts) with Calgary in 2019 as he had a team-leading 422 yards on 75 rushing with two touchdowns. But unfortunately, a broken arm shortened that season.
In 2020, the season was canceled as the world dealt with a global pandemic.
So, it wasn’t until 2021 that fans even got a true taste of his talent. Appearing in 13 games, Ka’Deem rushed for 869 yards and seven touchdowns on 164 attempts as he had an impressive 5.3 yards per carry average.
Signing a huge contract extension just ahead of the 2022 season, Ka’Deem Carey has once again been dominant with Calgary.
So far in 2022, Ka’Deem has looked a bit like his old self as he has become the lead back. In just five games with the Stampeders, Carey has rushed for 379 yards and three touchdowns on 58 carries. More impressive, is that he is currently averaging 6.5 yards every time he rushes the football.
As a result, the team is 4-1 in the West Division, and they are in a great place to continue their winning ways, especially with Carey in the backfield.
Things may not have worked out for him in the NFL; however, Canada has been a great alternative, and so far, Ka’Deem is making every opportunity count.