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Ex-Hawkeye QB Ricky Stanzi cut by Calgary of CFL

Stanzi's pro football career never took off

Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi after Iowa's win over Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 5, 2010. (The Gazette)
Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi after Iowa's win over Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 5, 2010. (The Gazette)

Former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi was released Tuesday by the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders.

Stanzi, 30, played in two games for Calgary last season, completing 4 of 8 passes for 53 yards and two interceptions.

Stanzi was picked by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL draft, and was with the Chiefs (2011-12), Jacksonville Jaguars (2013), Houston Texans (2014), New York Giants (2015) and Detroit Lions (2015). He never threw a pass in an NFL regular-season game.

He was 26-9 in three seasons as a starter at Iowa with 56 touchdown passes. He is the only Hawkeye to be the starting quarterback in three bowl wins.

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