Bombers defensive end Jamaal Westerman will be sharing the field tonight with his younger brother, Lions defensive end Jabar.
Westerman was holding court with veteran B.C. scribes Lowell Ullrich of the Province and Mike Beamish of the Vancouver Sun for quite a while Wednesday and both were wondering if he had considered signing with the Lions to team up with his brother
“It wasn’t not not signing with anybody, it was I really enjoyed the staff here in Winnipeg,” said Westerman, who spent six seasons in the NFL before joining the Bombers in May. “I enjoyed what they offer here in the city and the opportunity for myself and my family. I really wanted to sign here in Winnipeg.”
Westerman played down the brother angle on the eve of the game, but did tip his hat to those who helped get the pair to the CFL.
“It’s a testament to our family, how they prepared us and the mentality that we have,” he said. “It’s not just your physical talent, but the mental part of it as well. We went our different ways in college, but we always carried it throughout our lives.
“It’s special that two brothers are going to be on the same field. There’s a lot of examples where one guy made it and another did not. It’s special, but it’s not the be all and end all, either. A lot of things in life are luck.”