Kirk Christodoulou was hoping to ride his four seasons of success at Pitt to the NFL, and while he may not reach the NFL, he’s officially been drafted in the CFL’s International Draft.
With the first pick of the third round of the 2022 CFL International Draft, the Montreal Alouettes selected Christodoulou as the sixth punter selected in the draft.
Christodoulou and Pat Narduzzi had conversations after Pitt’s 2021 season, and Narduzzi felt like Christodoulou was ready for whatever came next.
“Kirk could come back for another year, but he’ll be 32 years old and he’s ready for — you know, he’s got two degrees,” Narduzzi said, exaggerating the age of his Aussie punter, after the season. “He could’ve come back, but we had this conversation a long time ago, that’s why he walked out Senior Day. He’s gonna move on and try his luck in the NFL, and if not that, he’ll be a successful guy in whatever he does.”
Christodoulou played 52 games at Pitt and attempted 237 punts over his career, averaging 42.4 yards per punt with 84 punts inside the 20-yard line and 50 punts of at least 50 yards. He’s been a mainstay in Pitt’s special teams unit during his time in Pittsburgh.
If Christodoulou chooses to head up north, he could carve out a career for himself as a Canadian punter — or he could even attempt to parlay Canadian success into an NFL opportunity. Christodoulou is scheduled to attend NY Giants rookie camp later this month.