Ottawa Rough Riders

Angelo Snipes - Defensive End - 1991-93 - West Georgia College


West Georgia Athletics HoF 1997

Many talented athletes have through the years worn the West Georgia uniform. None have been more gifted than Angelo Snipes. A native of DeKalb County, Snipes was a driving force behind the rebirth of West Georgia football and the Braves' 1982 NCAA Division III National Championship. A graduate of Walker High School, no one made more big plays than Snipes during his four-year career. This includes the 1982 season when he paced all Brave defensive linemen in tackles and led the team in quarterback sacks and tackles-for-loss. Those efforts were rewarded as Snipes was among four West Georgia players honored as a Division III All-American.


The following year saw the Braves move to Division II, and Snipes continued to be a dominant player. He earned All-Gulf South Conference honors following both the 1983 and '84 seasons.


The talent witnessed by Braves fans also caught the attention of the pros as Snipes became the first West Georgia player to enter the NFL. His pro career included stints with the Redskins, Raiders, and Chiefs.

Angelo Snipes West Georgia
Yr Team Tkl Sack Fumb TD
1991 Ott 56 5 1 1
1992 Ott 46 20 1 0
1993 Ott 33 17 1 0
1994 BC 62 11 0 0
1995 Birm 44 17 0 0
1996 Wpg 39 15 2 0
Total 6 280 85 5 1

 Snipes has also enjoyed a long and successful career in the Canadian Football League. He is one of the very few players to have an NCAA Championship ring, a CFL Grey Cup ring (BC Lions 1994), and a Super Bowl ring.


Angelo Snipes joined the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1991 from the NFL Kansas City Chiefs. The 6'1" 235 lb stalwart from West Georgia Collegiate brought instant credibility to the Ottawa defense. in his first season he managed 5 quarterback sacks, adjusting to the Canadian style of play. In 1992 Snipes was an absolute force; destroying opposing quarterbacks to the tune of 20 quarterback sacks. Under the attacking defense of Co-ordinator Dave Ritchie, Snipes was dominant and the club had their best season in 13 years for a 9-9 record.


Snipes was named the East divisions Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Player. He finished runner-up for league honours. Snipes followed up his outstanding season with 14 more sacks in 1993 his last season in Ottawa. He was traded to B.C. in June 1994 concluding the most prolific two seasons for an Ottawa defensive player in club history. He enjoyed further success with the B.Clions winning the Grey Cup in 1994, Birmingham and Winnipeg but his greatest success was in the Nation's capital dominating the Defensive Line for the Ottawa Rough Riders.

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