Chris Streveler did not take long to overcome any disappointment from not receiving much interest from NFL teams.
Streveler looked north, where there was interest and what he felt was a better opportunity. The South Dakota quarterback, who earned Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year, signed with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers and will soon leave for their training camp.
Streveler was not chosen in the 2018 NFL Draft and received a couple calls from NFL teams on Monday as they filled out their training camp rosters. The 2013 Marian Central graduate preferred what Winnipeg had to offer.
“I decided to jump at the chance with Winnipeg,” Streveler said. “I felt like I have a good chance to go in and compete for a position, where as with an NFL team it would be more of a tryout deal. The fact that I didn’t get any calls until Monday was kind of indicative of the chances I would have had to actually make the squad.”
Streveler (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) was the Northwest Herald Football Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He played two years at Minnesota, first as backup quarterback, then trying other positions and finished his undergraduate degree in kinesiology in three years.
With two years of eligibility remaining, and his degree finished, he enrolled at South Dakota and completed his Master’s degree in sports management before his senior football season. As the Coyotes quarterback, Streveler thrived last season and was one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, given to the FCS’ most outstanding offensive player.
Streveler had a tryout with the Bears and hoped there might be an opportunity to go to camp with an NFL team. He and his agent, Chris Gittings, thought Winnipeg was a better option. Streveler attended the Blue Bombers’ mini-camp just before the NFL Draft, although he did not participate since he was not under contract. He did work out for their scouts and coaching staff.
“It was a good deal,” Streveler said. “I really enjoyed getting up there and meeting everybody and learning about Winnipeg and learning about the Canadian game. I definitely would have liked to get a shot in the NFL, but it didn’t work out. There’s a lot of people that wish they could say they’re getting a chance to compete for a spot and play somewhere. Hey, I’m not going to complain about that at all.”