Eli Mencer

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Eli Mencer
No. 25     Toronto Argonauts
25, Eli Mencer, Oct 6, 2021.jpg
Mencer with the Argonauts in 2021
Born: (1996-11-14) November 14, 1996 (age 26)
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Defensive lineman
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight229 lb (104 kg)
High schoolAltoona Area High
Career history
As player
2020Seattle Seahawks*
2021Montreal Alouettes*
2021–presentToronto Argonauts
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career stats

Eli Mencer (born November 14, 1996) is a professional gridiron football defensive lineman and linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

College career[edit]

After using a redshirt season in 2015, Mencer played college football for the Albany Great Danes as a linebacker from 2016 to 2019.[1] He played in 45 games where he had 198 tackles, 21.5 sacks, two interceptions, 12 forced fumbles, and eight fumble recoveries.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On April 25, 2020, Mencer signed with the Seattle Seahawks after going undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.[3] He was released late in the preseason on August 29, 2020, to make room for Paul Richardson, who was also released one week later.[4][5]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

Mencer signed with the Montreal Alouettes on January 21, 2021.[6] However, he was released prior to training camp in the pandemic-shortened 2021 CFL season, on June 21, 2021.[7]

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

One day after his Montreal release, on June 22, 2021, Mencer was signed by the Toronto Argonauts.[7] Following 2021 training camp, he was assigned to the practice roster, but made his professional debut in week 2, on August 13, 2021, against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he had three special teams tackles.[2][8] He recorded his first career interception on October 6, 2021, against the Ottawa Redblacks.[2] He played in just six regular season games that year, but led the team in special teams tackles with 10.[9]

To start the 2022 season, Mencer was on the injured list and then the practice roster before dressing as a backup linebacker in week three.[2][10]

Personal life[edit]

Mencer was born to Lori Alderman and has three siblings, Reggie, Joey, and Jina.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Eli Mencer". Albany Great Danes. Retrieved August 13, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Eli Mencer". Toronto Argonauts. Retrieved August 13, 2022.
  3. ^ "Here are the Seahawks' 2020 undrafted free agent signings". NBC Sports. April 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "Seahawks Sign Receiver Paul Richardson". Seattle Seahawks. August 29, 2020.
  5. ^ Alper, Josh (September 5, 2020). "Seahawks release Paul Richardson". ProFootballTalk.
  6. ^ "Alouettes ink former NFL first rounder Datone Jones". Montreal Alouettes. January 21, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved August 11, 2022.
  8. ^ "Toronto Argonauts depth chart" (PDF). Canadian Football League. Retrieved August 13, 2022.
  9. ^ "Stats". Canadian Football League. Retrieved August 13, 2022.
  10. ^ "Toronto Argonauts depth chart" (PDF). Canadian Football League. Retrieved August 13, 2022.

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