Geathers Signs

REGINA -- Jason Geathers is among the Arena Football League’s internet stars on YouTube.

The three-year veteran of the AFL can be seen scoring touchdowns from just about spot on the field. He was also the first player in AFL history to score touchdowns in three different ways in one game. Geathers caught two passes, ran for another and scored on an interception for the San Jose Sabercats in 2008.

“I’ve seen a little of the videos,’’ Head coach Ken Miller said Thursday after Geathers officially joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders at training camp. “I’m a little more interested in seeing him in this video.’’

Miller was referring to watching Geathers, a running back and receiver, on the Riders’ film. It should make some impressive viewing considering Geathers’ past performances.

Geathers, 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, was recruited as a tailback at the University of Miami and shared in the 2001 NCAA championship. He also played receiver, which adds to his versatility.

Geathers, 27, had a tryout with the Cleveland Browns and spent time on the New York Giants’ practice roster before making his way to the AFL. He flourished in that environment and was twice named the AFL’s Ironman of the year.
“It was a nice experience because I got a chance to play football,’’ Geathers said Thursday. “It’s a little different game, just like this one. I will take that experience and try to use it to my advantage with this team.’’

The Riders are primarily looking at Geathers as a running back. His value may have increased because Miller is worried that veteran Wes Cates may miss more than the regular-season opener against the B.C. Lions on July 3 while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.

“(Geathers) will give us tremendous support as a running back,’’ said Miller. “The way we use our back in the passing game, that will certainly will be a strong part of his game.’’

Geathers has already impressed Miller in other ways.

“He showed us that he some great movement and great hands,’’ said Miller. “It’s going to take him a little while in getting caught up in our terminology and knowing what to do in our system. Physically, I was very impressed with him.’’

Geathers doesn’t mind where the Riders will play him. He’s just ready to play.

“I had those videos (on youtube) after just two years,’’ said Geathers. “Once I learn the game over here, I should be just fine. I will make plays whereever they put me.’’

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