Former NFL kicker signs with CFL's Argonauts
Steve Christie was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Now the veteran kicker, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2004, could see his career reborn in his hometown.
Christie, 39, on Monday signed a practice roster contract with the Toronto Argonauts, where he likely will be activated to replace injured kicker Noel Prefontaine for the time being. And his first action could come Saturday, when Toronto plays at Hamilton in the second game of the season.
Prefontaine suffered a head injury in last week's game and there is no definitive timetable for his return.
In a Saturday workout for the Toronto coaches, Christie, who last kicked for the New York Giants in 2004, hit 18 of 20 field goal attempts. Whatever time he spends with the Argos will give Christie some exposure to NFL teams who scout CFL games. Christie has tried for two years to get back into the NFL but recently considered filing his retirement papers.
In 15 seasons, the former William and Mary star scored 1,476 points. He scored 100 or more points in eight seasons and had seven years in which he converted better than 80 percent of his field goal attempts.
Christie converted 336 of 431 field goals and 468 of 473 extra points. His best season was in 1998, when Christie scored 140 points with the Buffalo Bills. In his most recent NFL season, he scored 99 points, hitting 22 of 28 field goals and all 33 extra point tries.
He appeared in 239 games in tours with Tampa Bay (1990-91), Buffalo (1992-2000), San Diego (2001-2003) and the Giants (2004).
Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.