Drew Tate throws 3 TD passes in CFL opener

Former Hawkeye comes out strong Friday for Calgary

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Former Iowa quarterback Drew Tate got his 2013 Canadian Football League season off to a good start Friday night by throwing three touchdown passes in his Calgary Stampeders' 44-32 win over the British Columbia Lions at Calgary's McMahon Stadium.

Tate completed 19 of 27 passes for 237 yards, with one interception. All three TD throws came in the first half as the Stampeders built a 31-6 lead.

Tate had an injury-plagued 2012, his first season as Calgary's starter or as anyone's starter in his first six years in the CFL. He had a separated shoulder in Week 2 and didn't return until there were two weeks left in the regular season. Then he fractured a bone near the wrist of his throwing arm in the West Division semifinal win over Saskatchewan. But he returned to the top of the depth chart at the start of this season.

"I've been playing football since 1992. It's just been the last couple of years, a couple times I've gotten hit and I haven't gotten up," Tate said in this cbc.ca story. "Perception is reality and the perception is I haven't lasted, so that's reality."

Tate, 28, played his last season with Iowa in 2006.

Here is a link to a story from the Calgary Herald about Tate as he entered this season.

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