Re­ceiver sports very fancy cre­den­tials

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS -

MIKE SIMS-WALKER isn’t the first for­mer NFLer to come north to Canada with a re­sumé that pos­i­tively glows.

And he cer­tainly won’t be the last.

But this much is clear: In Sims-Walker, the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers have added a player highly mo­ti­vated to re­claim his pro football ca­reer al­most two years af­ter he last cashed a game cheque.

“This is an­other op­por­tu­nity to play football. I missed the game,” said Sims-Walker at a press con­fer­ence Tues­day. “I thought about re­tir­ing, but I feel like I’ve got a lot of football left in me and I’m still young. I just like to play the game, it’s re­ally not about money right now. I just want to make some plays and have fun.”

A for­mer star at Cen­tral Florida who led the Jack­sonville Jaguars in re­ceiv­ing in 2009, Sim­sWalker has bat­tled in­juries since and bounced from the Jags to St. Louis in free agency, back to Jack­sonville and then to the New York Jets this spring.

Now the ques­tion is how quickly he can learn all the lit­tle in­tri­ca­cies of the three-down game and, if so, whether he’d be in­serted into the lineup this Sun­day in Regina.

“I’m hop­ing,” he said. “I’m in the play­book al­ready and I’m try­ing my best to get out there as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Football is football, I’m not go­ing to make it harder than it is. I’ve played this game for a long time and have been go­ing out there and mak­ing plays. Of course the ter­mi­nol­ogy will prob­a­bly be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, but out­side of that it’s football.”

Sims-Walker calls Calgary Stam­ped­ers re­ceiver Mo Price one of his friends, and also knows cur­rent Bomber re­ceiver Clarence Den­mark and Rid­ers’ safety Ty­rone Brack­en­ridge. He ad­mit­tedly had hoped he’d draw in­ter­est from an NFL team, but when the Bombers came court­ing he couldn’t re­sist the op­por­tu­nity.

“Of course I was wait­ing on the big call, but af­ter wait­ing so long you’re just ready to play football, you’re ready to get on some pads and make a play, catch a ball... do some­thing,” he said. “I was at that point: come play or not.

“If any­one is go­ing to put pres­sure on my­self, its go­ing to be me. I’m go­ing to try my best... and hope­fully that leads to turn­ing this around.”

Mike Sims-Walker

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