Burlington native Marcel Desjardins has been chosen as the first general manager of the Ottawa’s new Canadian Football League franchise.
The 46-year-old has reportedly signed a four-year contract to run the team. It doesn’t have a name yet, and it won’t be called the Rough Riders, but it will begin play in 2014.
Ottawa’s most recent CFL franchise, the Renegades, folded in 2006.
Before that, the Rough Riders were among the most storied teams in CFL history, winning nine Grey Cups before folding in 1996.
Desjardins has won three Grey Cups as an assistant GM with the Montreal Alouettes. He has also previously been GM of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.