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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.”

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