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CFL Spotlight: Cody Fajardo Montreal Alouettes Quarterback – From High School Star to Pro Player

In the annals of Canadian Football League (CFL), the name Cody Fajardo stands out for his consistent performance and skills. Born on March 29, 1992, the American professional football player currently serves as a quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes.

Cody’s journey began in Brea, California, where he displayed early promise at Servite High School. His talent was recognized when he won the Glenn Davis Award in 2009 as the best high school football player in California.

After committing to the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010, Fajardo redshirted during Colin Kaepernick’s four-year run as the starting quarterback for the Nevada Wolf Pack football team. He took over in 2011 and made quite an impression, accumulating over 13,000 yards and 101 touchdowns throughout his college career. He became one of only two players in NCAA history, alongside Kaepernick, to pass 9,000 yards and rush 3,000 yards.

Fajardo, unfortunately, went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft but was signed by the Oakland Raiders. However, his stint with the Raiders was brief and he was waived by the team later that year.

His journey to the CFL began with the Toronto Argonauts in 2015. His talent was quickly noticed, leading to an expanded role in 2017. Fajardo’s performances were instrumental in helping the Argonauts win the 105th Grey Cup, even though he primarily served as a short-yardage quarterback.

Moving on from Toronto, he had a brief stint with the BC Lions before landing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2019. He led the team to a 9-5 record in 2021, despite throwing four interceptions in a thrilling overtime victory over the Calgary Stampeders. However, his 2022 season with the Roughriders was challenging, ending with a disappointing benching.

In 2023, Fajardo found a new home with the Montreal Alouettes, signing a two-year contract. His journey from high school star to pro player, with all its ups and downs, is a testament to his tenacity and perseverance.

Away from the field, Cody Fajardo keeps his personal life fairly private. He is happily married to Laura Fajardo and welcomed a baby in 2022, but details about his wife are not widely available. As for his salary, as of 2023, the specifics about his salary with the Montreal Alouettes have not been disclosed publicly. However, considering his standing in the league, it is safe to assume that he is compensated competitively.

Cody Fajardo is a player who brings a wealth of experience and skill to the CFL. Despite challenges and setbacks, his ability to adapt and persevere is a testament to his character and his love for the game. As he continues his journey with the Montreal Alouettes, fans and players alike will be watching his next move with keen interest.

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