Rourke, who played for the Ohio Bobcats in college, went undrafted during the 2021 NFL Draft. However, he was previously selected in the second round of the 2020 CFL Draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars Sign Nathan Rourke
During the 2022 CFL season, Rourke made his debut in the starting role for the BC Lions on June 11th. A few weeks later, on June 25th, he set the record for most passing yards by a Canadian quarterback in a CFL game with 436. He would go on to break his own record multiple times throughout the season. In addition, Rourke finished the season with a completion percentage of 78.7%, which was a new CFL record.
During his outstanding 2022 CFL season, Rourke threw for 3,349 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Despite missing a few games due to injury, he still won the CFL award for Most Outstanding Canadian.
After his breakout season, Rourke had workouts with 13 NFL teams. Per CFL-NFL transfer rules, he was ruled eligible to sign with a team as of January 9, 2023, ultimately deciding to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars.