Eat your heart out, Mike Gundy, because there’s a new cowboy gunslinger in town--and his name is John Beck. The former BYU Cougars star is trying to resurrect his game in Canadian football as a quarterback for the B.C. Lions--but that’s not all he’s doing in the Great White North.
Beck is also teaching his teammates how to Dougie, as evidenced by a YouTube video that the Lions made public on Wednesday, June 4. Apparently Beck and the Lions may have more free time on their hands to get to the level of Gundy‘s Dougie, what with a players’ strike looming--one that could delay or even cancel Beck’s pro comeback.
Beck busted out his dance moves during a team meeting, which Vancouver Sun reporter Scott Brown said might be good enough for primetime TV--maybe even “Dancing With The Stars.”
It was a light-hearted moment for Beck and his new teammates, who promptly applauded his efforts. Some even gave him a standing ovation. But a world of uncertainty remains for Beck and the rest of the CFL.
A strike threatens to postpone, or possibly even cancel the upcoming Canadian football season, and the last talks between the players’ union and the CFL stalled. No new talks are scheduled to take place this week, possibly interrupting Beck’s highly anticipated comeback. Beck is currently the Lions’ third-string quarterback behind starter Travis Lulay and backup Kevin Glenn but will still need to win his job in camp.
Beck should get an opportunity to show he can still play in preseason although he hasn’t taken a snap in a pro football game since 2012 when he quarterbacked the NFL's Houston Texans. The Texans released him later that year and he hasn’t played since.
For Beck, this stop up north might be his last hurrah. The former second round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2007 NFL Draft has bounced from one NFL team to another and Canada is his fifth stop.