Former Cougar QB Max Hall excited for the opportunity to play in Canada

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  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    April 11, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    Good money to be made in the CFL. Beats working a "regular" job. Hope he has fun, is very successful, and makes a boat-load of cash. Good luck Max. Thanks from Cougar Nation for the wins!!!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    April 10, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    "...good luck to you Max, the chance encounter with Crowton at the chuck-a-rama might have been god´s hand in showing you a new direction...".

    Seeking devine intervention is always at the back of my mind whenever I think about eating at the Chuck.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    I am without TV by choice but do recall watching CFL games while in Hawaii, a long time ago. Maybe the Canadians have a sense of what the game should be. I like smaller quicker linemen, the fast pace and that some players play both sides of the ball. Don't hear much of concussion law suits up north.

    I am glad Hall has another shot at something he loves to do. Also it appears that the season in Canada is shorter and garners more interest. I think they are done by December. What we have here is a joke - too long, all focused on money from TV and by the time of the Super Bowl, I for one have very little interest. The pros, by lengthening their schedule through December, have killed college bowl games because they hog the TV time on weekends when we used to see the Bowl games.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    April 10, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    I've always loved the pass-happy version of football that the CFL rules permit, and several of the contributors have mentioned many who have made the jump from there to the NFL. One of Minnesota's stalwarts (Bud Grant) did just that in the coaching ranks.

    The reverse is true as well as many have excelled at that hybrid game in Canada, and to enjoy what one is doing for a living (even if "further north") is certainly one of life's treasures. Hope Max can find a niche and have some of that enjoyment!

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    April 10, 2013 6:11 a.m.

    cfl is an entirely different game, much faster paced and Max doesn´t seem the type to scramble very good. It will take a lot of work for him to adapt.

    good luck to you Max, the chance encounter with Crowton at the chuck-a-rama might have been god´s hand in showing you a new direction.

  • CanuckFan Vancouver, BC
    April 9, 2013 10:43 p.m.

    Welcome to Canada Max (though you'd like the West Coast a lot more than "Winterpeg"). With an extra receiver, a wider field and receivers allowed to be in forward motion before the snap it's a pass happy game that's really entertaining. You will have fun if you play. Perhaps you can join the ranks of Warren Moon and Doug Flutie, who started in the CFL and eventually made their way to the NFL, but that's very rare.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    April 9, 2013 7:21 p.m.

    @ Striker

    So, RES smells like Success? Y, yes. Yes it does.

    @ BleedCougarBlue

    Comedy impaired, much?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 9, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    There are a ton of classy fans in Canada. He will like it there.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    April 9, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    @ Brave Sir Robin, San Diego, CA, who said, "Soon he will be talking about how Canadians poured Molson on his family."

    Jealous much?....

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 9, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    Wish you well Max Hall and Gary Crowton at CFL.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 9, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    Soon he will be talking about how Canadians poured Molson on his family.

  • reasonableUTE Provo, UT
    April 9, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Though I do not appreciate some of the comments Max made, I cannot say that he wasn't a good quarterback because he was, without a doubt a good quarterback for BYU. I do believe that his numbers were partly a product of the BYU system of that time, but the fact that he did well with the system and team he was given speaks to him being a solid QB.

    I believe (and admittedly may be wrong) that he does however have maturity issues unless he has experienced significant growth in this regard over the last few years. I believe it is a good thing for BYU that he is no longer roaming the sidelines, and a good thing for him as he likely would not have been very successful coaching at the collegiate level.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    April 9, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    "Max Hall excelled at the collegiate level? Revisionist history at it's finest."

    Utah's only purpose is to beat BYU. Seeing how Max beat them twice, he excelled. Don't forget all his other accomplishments, such as beating NC runner-up and Heisman trophy winning QB of #3 Oklahoma, and many more impressive wins.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 8, 2013 10:34 p.m.


    U may have a lot of derogatory things to say about Max, and in some of them I would be powerless to defend him, but to imply that he did not excel at the collegiate level is telling lies to yourself to make yourself feel better.

    Since the current gold standard for most U fans is, "how many times have we beaten that team down south?", I'll ask you - any idea how many times Max beat Utah?

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    Wow. Gary Crowton is now in the CFL.... Glad that he can still find work, I guess. It seems that much of the professional and college world has seen that he can do well for a year or so, and then fizzles badly. What a far cry from OC of the Bears, HC at BYU, then OC at Oregon and LSU.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2013 7:43 p.m.

    @Guam Bomb
    Max Hall won 32 games at the collegiate level. Any coach on Division I level would love to have a QB who could do that. So I think everyone who follows college football would say he excelled. You are aware of what revisionist means aren't you? To say he won only 4 games would be revisionist.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 8, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    Pretty good money to be made in the CFL. I hope he does well.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    My wife and I spent 18 months in Vancouver recently. We went to a BC Lions game just before they won the Grey Cup. Really exciting wide open game with a couple of weird rules but still Football. Got to meet with and listen to BYU's Ben Archibald talk about his time in the CFL and with the Lions with a group of young single adults. He is loving his time up there. I happened to find my self sitting with Max Hall's father in law at the Poinsetta Bowl and he said this was going to happen. I think Max will love the wide open passing game and I hope he has a career equal to Anthoney Calvillo from Utah State who is still with Montreal Alouettes. Some people move back up to the NFL and some stay with the CFL because it's fun. I wish him the best of luck.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    April 8, 2013 7:07 p.m.

    Max Hall excelled at the collegiate level? Revisionist history at it's finest.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    April 8, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    Thats awesome for Max. I wish him all the success in the world and will be following his progress closely.