Ar­gos DB ready for pal Bur­ris

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DAN RALPH

TORONTO — Keon Ray­mond is look­ing for­ward to an­other meet­ing with Ot­tawa Red­blacks quar­ter­back Henry Bur­ris.

It’s been five years since the two were team­mates with the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers and they’re fur­ther con­nected as mem­bers of the Stamps’ 2008 Grey Cup-win­ning squad. On Sun­day, they’ll be on op­po­site sides of the field when the Toronto Arg­onauts (3-2) visit Ot­tawa (3-1-1) in an im­por­tant Cana­dian Foot­ball League East Di­vi­sion con­test.

“I al­ways look for­ward to see­ing Hank,” said Ray­mond, how a de­fen­sive back with the Arg­onauts. “He’s a very good quar­ter­back, he’s been do­ing it for a long time.

“If you see him take his shirt off, he’s fit, he doesn’t look like a 41-yearold man. We def­i­nitely must be well pre­pared be­cause he has seen a lot of things.”

Bur­ris, in his 17th CFL sea­son, re­turns af­ter miss­ing four games with a finger in­jury. Ot­tawa pulled Bur­ris, the league’s out­stand­ing player last sea­son, off the six-game in­jured list this week af­ter Trevor Har­ris suf­fered an­kle and knee in­juries in last Fri­day’s 30-29 road loss to the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers.

“It’s def­i­nitely not fun sit­ting on the side­lines watch­ing but it’s great see­ing our team hav­ing suc­cess,” Bur­ris told re­porters in Ot­tawa. “I’ve got noth­ing to prove, I think I’ve been able to ac­com­plish any and every­thing in this game.

“The only thing I want to ac­com­plish now is win­ning a cham­pi­onship. If it was Trevor, Brock (Jensen) or Danny (O’Brien) and they’re play­ing quar­ter­back to lead us to a cham­pi­onship, hey, I get to eat Fruit Loops from the Grey Cup with my fam­ily. For me, that’s the only thing I want to achieve ... I don’t care how we get it done.”

Henry Bur­ris is back un­der cen­tre.

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