"Beat The Odds"
After a highly successful collegiate career, A.J. Ouellette relentlessly chased his dream of playing at the professional level with heard work and determination. It started with his Pro Day in March of 2019 as Ouellette put up some amazing numbers. He bench pressed 225 pounds 32 times, which would have been good for second for running backs at the combine. He then recorded 36.5 inches in the vertical, which would have been good for sixth among running backs at the combine. To top it off, Ouellette had two runs in the forty-yard dash where he ran a 4.52 and a 4.48, which would have been good for 5th and 10th among backs at the combine. Ouellette followed that up with a time of 4.0 in the shuttle and a 6.8 time in the L-Cone, which impressed the scouts who were on hand.
Unfortunately Ouellette wasn’t picked in the 2019 NFL Draft, but had tryouts with the New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs, which ultimately led to an opportunity in 2019 with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Ouellette saw action in three games in 2019, but the entire 2020 season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. He returned with five games in 2021 and then had a breakout season in 2022 where he was an Eastern Division All-Star selection at running back. During the 2022 regular season, A.J. rushed for 516 yards on 98 carries for a 5.3 average and hauled in 38 catches for 350 yards for a 9.2 average. He scored three touchdowns in the regular season, two on the ground and one by reception. He capped an impressive 2022 season by leading Toronto to the Grey Cup Championship where he scored the only two touchdowns for the Argonauts in the 24-23 victory over Winnipeg.
A.J. re-signed with Toronto in 2023 and put up amazing numbers in leading Toronto to a 16-2 record in the regular season. Ouellette rushed for 1009 yards and scored eight rushing touchdowns on 178 carries for a 5.7 average and caught 16 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass against Hamilton and was an Eastern Division All-Star selection at running back for the second consecutive season.
With the way Ouellette is able to “Beat The Odds”, he has a big future at the professional level.