PITTSBURGH, PA (KPLC) - Former McNeese standout Diontae Spencer is trying his hand at the NFL once again. The Ottawa Redblacks wide receiver signed a reserve/future contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday.
Spencer was undrafted out of McNeese in 2014 and has spent the last four years in the CFL as a wide receiver and return man. The 26-year-old totaled over 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns this past year, earning back-to-back All-Star honors as a returner.
On October 27, 2017, in a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Spencer set a set a new CFL record with 496 all-purpose yards, surpassing the former record of 474 set by Albert Johnson in 2000.
Spencer has spent some time in NFL camps, most recently receiving a workout with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason. After his time with the Cowboys he participated in the Chicago Bears' 2014 mini-camp, before signing with the then St. Louis Rams. He was waived by the team in July of 2014. From there, he spent four productive seasons in the CFL with the RedBlacks and Toronto Argonauts.
The New Iberia native is hoping to translate his CFL success into a spot on a 53-man NFL roster next season.