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Diontae Spencer: Setting the Bar for Gridiron Success

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*Editor's Note: Spencer plays for the Redblacks, not the Blackhawks as stated in the video*

When New Iberia native Diontae Spencer graduated from McNeese State in 2014, he had visions of playing in the NFL. But those dreams were quickly deferred. 

"In the NFL, I'm 21 years old. I think I'm that guy," Spencer said. "Make some money, trying to do everything. There was a lot of pressure I was putting on myself."

The wide receiver was cut from the St. Louis Rams later that year, right before training camp. With Spencer trying to figure out what to do next, the Canadian Football League called.

"The whole experience kinda been, I would explain as life changing. Just at the end of the day, be you. Be yourself. And I feel like the CFL kinda gives me that. Let's me be that."

Spencer has certainly found his freedom. As an Ottawa Redblack in 2017, he had 71 catches for over 900 yards. Spencer also broke the leagues all purpose record with 496 total yards in a single game, on the way to becoming a CFL all star. 

"You don't really think about being a superstar up north. It's cool, I'm just going play football. That's not going to be that big of a deal. But then it's like, going to the grocery store and like hey Spencer, can I get your autograph. I'll hop out of an Uber or something and they know who I am."

The Westgate product also garnered attention in the states after his touchdown celebration in the playoffs went viral on ESPN, TMZ and other sites.

"Terrell Owens DM'd me. He's like the Celly (Celebration) king. TO is like that guy. Going to the middle of the field, to the star. Getting that recognition for guys I idolized growing up. It was just kinda weird like, Wow."

His success up north also caught the eye of the NFL. Spencer has had workouts for the Saints, Ravens and Bengals this offseason. But his NFL dreams are on hold again, this time, by his choice. He decided to re-sign with Ottowa for one more year.

"As I matured and as I grew up in life. It's kinda put me in a different mindset. And not as if, the NFL is over. Maybe this is God telling me, this is what I want you to do in life. Inspire people from the place you are now."

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