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Grothe to continue career close to home

Posted Jun 4, 2010 by Scott Carter

Updated Jun 4, 2010 at 09:21 AM

Former USF quarterback Matt Grothe will continue his playing career not far from home.

The Lakeland native has agreed to sign with the United Football League’s Orlando Tuskers.

“It’s like high school all over again,” Grothe told his hometown newspaper, the Lakeland Ledger, late Thursday night. “Everybody that I’ve known growing up can come and watch me play and hopefully [I’ll] start a fan base in Orlando.”

Grothe, who missed most of his senior season last year due to a knee injury, recently particiapted in the Bucs’ rookie camp but was not signed.

He also drew interest from the Canadian Football League, but following a recent workout with Tuskers coach Jay Gruden, Grothe’s professional career will start in the states.

Reader Comments

Por (Dan Alatorre) on June 08, 2010 (Suggest removal)

Well, I don’t know ANYTHING about the UFL, but it sounds like the CFL would have been a better choice until I read the words Jay Gruden. Jay’s brother was a Super Bowl winning NFL head coach and current co-host of Monday Night Football, Jay was an outstanting Arena Football QB and head coach, and Jay’s dad was a scout for some NFL teams after being an NFL position coach. That would get me to go to Lakeland! I hope Matt can do well, rehab his knee and career, and one day be in the NFL: even as a 3rd string QB who never does more than hold a clipboard, he will make more than 5 times the average annual salary of this area, and he’ll probably have more fun at work than most people. Keep us posted.

PS, what $ do the UFL players make anyway?

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