Documentary feature shines light on the importance that family played in Spencer’s journey to collegiate and professional football

TORONTO (August 28, 2018) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) released a documentary short ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’, featuring Ottawa REDBLACKS receiver Diontae Spencer today.

Watch the CFL Original Production, 'Can't Stop, Won't Stop' featuring Diontae Spencer here.

Now in his fourth year in the CFL, Spencer has roots in Louisiana, where he was born and raised. ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’ explores Spencer’s relationship with his father and how it has shaped his perspective and football journey. The CFL spoke with his family, friends, former coaches and members of the community for the feature, a touching look at the forces that drive one of the CFL’s most exciting players.

“It was a great experience working on this project and talking about something I've never really opened up about," said REDBLACKS receiver Diontae Spencer. "I think it's something I was willing to share because kids all over the world go through tough times, whether it's losing a parent or growing up in single-parent homes. I just hope my story lets them know that no matter what you go through or how many people count you out, you can get where you want to go. Just keep faith and believe in yourself.”

Spencer attended McNeese State, where he was a 2013 Preseason All-SLC First Team Wide Receiver for the Cowboys. He briefly held McNeese’s record for the longest touchdown run from scrimmage with a 91-yard dash. A standout performance in a game in 2013 saw him tie or break 11 school, Southland Conference and Football Championship Subdivision records.

The CFL’s ‘The Grind’ visited Spencer in his home of New Iberia, Louisiana in the offseason to learn more about his workout regimen, his preparations for the 2018 season and how his hometown shaped him. Fans also met Spencer’s family in a behind-the-scenes ‘The Grind’ video exploring his hometown.

Spencer currently ranks third in the league in punt return yards, with 475. He also has 450 receiving yards, 333 kickoff return yards and three touchdowns. In his career Spencer has accumulated 6,284 all purpose yards and 16 touchdowns.

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Lucas Barrett

Manager, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League

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